Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

September 06, 2005 12:45 ET

MINISTER BRISON INVITES BIDS TO STUDY FUTURE OF GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS

Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 6, 2005) - The Government of Canada is moving ahead with a study seeking independent advice on new creative ways to better manage government office buildings.

The Honourable Scott Brison, Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), today launched a formal Request for Proposal inviting industry to submit bids. The Request for Proposal is asking for guidance on the most cost-effective and efficient ways to manage government office buildings while promoting important public policy goals such as energy efficiency.

"The study will look at ways to improve the environmental performance of the portfolio operated by the department and help us improve the way we manage our real estate holdings to ensure best value for taxpayers," said Minister Brison.

PWGSC sought industry advice last spring in developing the Request for Proposal for the study and has retained the services of a Fairness Monitor through a separate competitive process.

"We are ready to conduct a fair, open and transparent procurement process to ensure the best expertise is hired to conduct the study itself," Minister Brison added.

The study will include 326 buildings owned by the Government of Canada, excluding important historical landmarks such as the Parliament Buildings. PWGSC manages one of the largest and most diverse real estate portfolios in Canada, accommodating over 200,000 federal employees. Key decisions need to be made about how to manage its aging real estate inventory.

The results of the study are expected in 2006. The government will carefully consider all options before taking any action. Whatever decisions are made, the government will ensure continued federal visibility in all regions of Canada.

For more information, visit the Government Electronic Tendering Service (GETS): http//www.merx.com
Deadline for bids: October 24, 2005

A backgrounder is available on the Web site below.

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For further information, media may contact:

Renée David
Press Secretary
Office of Minister Brison
(819) 997-5421

Public Works and Government Services
Media Relations Unit
(819) 956-2315

PWGSC news releases are also available on our Internet site at http://news.gc.ca/cfmx/view/en/index.jsp?articleid=167589

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