The call for tenders was not conducive to a competitive market. Several restrictive criteria gave it the appearance of favouring the firm Acertys, which had been given a contract by mutual agreement for the preliminary study. Furthermore, the composition of the selection committee did not comply with the applicable frameworks, due to the participation of a division head who was effectively acting as the project manager. This person also contacted Acertys during the publication of the call for tenders. A number of recommendations were made: re-evaluate the rules governing the participation in a call for tenders of a firm that conducted a preliminary study, ensure through market research that many suppliers are able to respond to the call for tenders, make officials aware of the importance of providing a minimum level of documentary support when awarding contracts by mutual agreement, and restrict the publication of calls for tender during the holiday season.
Report and recommendations concerning call for tender 13-13242 (Sainte-Catherine interaction project), filed on October 27, 2014