Cassidy Levy Kent (Canada) LLP represents a broad range of clients in all aspects of government procurement law. Our lawyers regularly provide legal advice in relation to public procurement opportunities and litigate procurement challenges before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, provincial civil courts, the Federal Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal for private/public companies, institutions, business associations and governments (foreign and domestic).

We have track record of success at the municipal, provincial and federal levels in large and complex procurement matters. Our lawyers are experienced litigators who have appeared in numerous procurement disputes involving bid challenges at the Canadian International Trade Tribunal, applications for judicial review, and civil actions for damages including recovery of bid preparation costs.

Our focused advice has assisted clients, whether interested in challenging, defending, or understanding procurement decisions and obligations. We have provided advice and support in relation to the trade agreements (international and sub-national), government departments, acts and regulations that govern public procurement in Canada, including in relation to Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), Treasury Board, the Standard Acquisition Clauses and Conditions (SACC) Manual, the Financial Administration Act, federal integrity provisions, the Broader Public Sector Accountability Act, 2010, Supply Chain Ontario, Alberta Procurement Services, other provincial procurement authorities, and various municipal purchasing bylaws.

We also advise foreign and domestic governments on government procurement treaty rights and obligations.

Selected Representative Matters:

  • Providing advice and guidance to an international defense sector client in successful ACAN contract negotiation under Canada’s $2.6 Billion National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy.

  • Procurement advice and strategy implementation for a large defense/intelligence supplier.

  • Counsel in one of the world’s largest international IT outsourcing companies in a $245 million procurement dispute at the provincial level.

  • Counsel to an IT professional services provider in relation to complex, policy-based litigation involving fairness and awardee obligations arising after the award of a federal government contract.

  • Counsel in challenging one of the largest construction related federal public procurement projects in the National Capital Region.

  • Counsel to a technology/communications provider in a transit-related municipal procurement dispute.

  • Advising a provincial government with respect to preparing requests for proposals, selection criteria, selecting the successful respondent and negotiating the resulting contract.

  • Advising foreign governments on the procurement impact of recent trade agreements announced by the Government of Canada and procurement strategies for foreign companies.

  • Providing advice with respect to Canada’s procurement related security screening protocols and requirements.

  • Counsel to parties advancing/responding to bid challenges before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal.