Procurement Opportunities & Awards

2017-18 Procurement Insights

The intent of this document is to set out how CNL intends to engage with industry, provide insight to the framework of agreements needed to support our mission areas, and provide context to the nature of work CNL plans to execute.

CNL has three key missions:

For the 2017-18 fiscal year, the following are areas of focus for each of the missions. Competitive procurements to further those missions are as outlined in the Procurement Opportunities and Awards spreadsheet.

Mission 1: Decommissioning and Waste Management

CNL is accelerating decommissioning, environmental restoration and waste management projects to safely and effectively reduce Canada’s nuclear legacy liabilities and associated risks, based on sound waste management and environmental principles. To further that end, projects will be undertaken to: demolish and decommission several buildings at the Chalk River site to allow for new facilities to be built; advance the development of a Near Surface Disposal Facility at Chalk River to receive low-level waste streams; manage and treat liquid and legacy waste to reduce environmental impact; and maintain the Gentilly-1 and Douglas Point storage facilities.

Mission 2: Science and Technology

The CNL mission to advance Canada’s nuclear agenda, by supporting the government in its objectives, through research and commercial products will be furthered through the procurement of equipment and services to enable laboratories and the National Reactor Universal (NRU) to operate safely, efficiently and with the largest scope possible.

Mission 3: Capital 

The development and transformation of the Chalk River Site to a campus-like facility will give rise to a number of capital projects to build new facilities; revitalize and modernize existing facilities; and enhance IT capabilities and infrastructure. New equipment will be procured to assist the Health Safety and Security program and Research and Development to achieve their goals.

For information on upcoming procurements see the current Procurement Opportunities and Awards spreadsheet linked below. This spreadsheet will be updated monthly to show contracts that have been awarded and include any additional procurements not included in the Annual Program of Work and Budget.


Let CNL know of your interest in any of the procurements listed by registering at Register as a Potential Supplier and getting in touch with our Supplier Relationship and Development team by .

The spreadsheet above is for information purposes only and should in no way be construed as an invitation to bid. CNL reserves the right to delay or delete potential procurements without notice. Updates will be made as new opportunities become known so check back often.

Procurement News

Call for Expressions of Interest - Construction of a new Advanced Nuclear Research Laboratory (October 2018)

Project Description: 

Construction of a new Advanced Nuclear Research Laboratory on the Canadian Nuclear Laboratories (CNL) site in Chalk River, ON. The project will be delivered under the Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) model with expected project duration to be approximately 3-4 years in total. The current IPD team consists of CBS JV Corp. acting as the Construction Contractor and Merrick Canada in the role of lead Engineer. 

The 28,000 m2 ANMRC is a major part of CNL’s Chalk River Laboratories revitalization and will include the installation of 16 new nuclear hot cells, 36 radioisotope laboratories, and office space to accommodate 176 staff. Construction of the technically complex research facility is anticipated to be complete in 2022. 

Scope of Work: 

This is the first stage of a multi-stage tender process. The objective is to identify and pre-qualify organizations that are interested in entering into the proposed contract and can demonstrate suitable capacity, capability and experience. This EOI is intended for structural engineers, contractors and suppliers in sectors including but not limited to: consulting, structural, mechanical, electrical, interior finishes, building material supply, and all other contractors/parties applicable to typical building projects.

Recommended IPD and Project Information Session:

October 10, 2018, 9:00 a.m.
Best Western, Pembroke, ON
Registration begins 8:00 a.m.

Deadline to Submit EOI documentation: October 19, 2018

Project Start: November 2018
Construction Start: Spring 2020

Expression of Interest submission requirements:

  • Completed CCDC 11 document (Contractor’s Qualification Statement)
  • Identification of proposed key personnel along with CV
  • WSIB clearance
  • Health & Safety Record for last 2 years
  • Record of experience in alternative construction delivery methods (Construction Management, Design-Build, IPD etc.)
  • Submit digital copies of all documentation in pdf format by email – details below

Shortlisted consultants/contractors/parties will be contacted individually and will call for quotations and other information on a requirement basis.

The project team reserves the right to negotiate, accept or reject any application at its sole and absolute discretion.

Inquiries and/or submissions should be directed to:


Conventional New Builds

Call for expression of Interest ( Mar 5, 2013)
CNL IPD - expression of interest

Update on Advance Nuclear Materials Research Centre RFP as part of our Capital Program (2018 January 17)

CNL would like to confirm that in line with previous communications on the timeline for this key procurement for the business, we remain committed to the issue of a Request For Proposal (RFP) in early to mid-February. 

Within the RFP, we will be looking to bring together a core team of companies under an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) contract model, where jointly (including CNL as the owner), the team will develop the scope, costs and schedule before agreement of a Target Cost for the facility and going on to deliver the project. Each party of the IPD have a seat and voice at the table and everyone in the core team will be jointly incentivised on the successful outcome of the project. 

We are looking to give as much flexibility and opportunity to the market as possible for bidding this and will be approaching the RFP as follows: 

There will be 2 initial Lots (or work packages) contained in a single procurement. The 2 packages will be:

  • Our Engineering partner for the detailed Design; 
  • and Our Construction partner (general contractor & Constructor) for the main construction work.

For additional context for the final IPD Team, CNL would also like to advise the following: 

  • CNL has an existing Architect who will be part of the IPD team, but as the owner’s consultant. 
  • CNL has an interest in Engineers and Constructors who may have experience with “Hot Cells”, however, this will not be a defining element for selection of bidders.
  • After selection of the above partners, this new team will work together to evaluate and select a “Hot Cell” partner and potentially other key Contractors who will join the IPD agreement as a core team member during the projects ‘Validation Phase’. 
  • An express requirement of the RFP will be that there shall be no exclusivity agreements established between bidders and “Hot Cell” specialists. 
  • Prospective bidders will be able to bid on EITHER of the 2 lots individually, OR, if the market and suppliers want to team in any combination, or have complete capability, CNL will also accept a proposal for both lots as a complete solution from that organization or team. 
  • The procurement will be a staged process to qualify suitable candidates, before commercial confidential dialogue, final bids and then oral presentations to finish.
  • The Advance Nuclear Materials Research Centre is a CNL flagship project for the future and we are looking forward to working with you on the significant opportunity.

Register as a Potential Supplier to make your company and capabilities known to CNL generally. In addition you may complete the Vendor Registration of Interest form to indicate your interest in a specific opportunity listed in the Procurement Opportunities and Awards Spreadsheet. The online forms will be automatically directed to the Supplier Relationship and Development team. They will be used to develop bidder’s lists as well as used to explore capabilities through invitations to visit or participate in trade-type shows.