Quebec firms must have security audit
The Quebec government has served notice that engineers and other consultants who want to compete for public service contracts worth more than $1 million will soon have to file an application for authorization with the AMF (Autorité des marchés financiers).
The current threshold is for contracts of $5 million or more, but any firm responding to a call for tenders on November 2, 2015 and thereafter will be subject to the $1 million threshold.
The $1 million threshold applies to just service contracts and is for consultants and subconsultants. The threshold for construction contracts remains at $5 million.
The AMF verifies whether the applications are complete and then forwards them on to UPAC, the anti-corruption squad, which works in cooperation with the Sûreté du Québec, Revenu Québec and other bodies. UPAC audits the application and provides AMF with an opinion about whether the applicant company should be authorized. The AMF then issues a decision. If it’s positive, the approved firms are entered into a register.
Applicants have to use AMF E-Services to file their applications, and for this must have an account with clicSEQUER, the Quebec government’s authentication service.
Click here for the AMF E-Services.