Two-Stage Request for Supplier Qualification (RFSQ) Guide

It is an exciting time to be in Nova Scotia at the water’s edge. It is where our ocean economy is building. It is where world-class researchers and industry innovate and collaborate to connect with new markets. It is where visitors come to experience and celebrate our maritime culture. It is where our residents, current and future, find inspiration. There is a new momentum in Nova Scotia and at the centre of this energy is “place”. Our place by the sea is our greatest natural advantage. It gives the world a reason to know us, to do business with us and to visit us. It shapes our culture and industry on and off the water’s edge – it always has. The extent to which we are able to harness this natural competitive advantage and develop it sustainably, will determine our future prosperity.

Develop Nova Scotia believes in a province where businesses, small and large, emerging and established, all have an opportunity to prosper. To this end, we strive to partner with those who are commonly focused on adding to the economic and social fabric of Nova Scotia while delivering best value to residents and visitors alike. We are equally excited to collaborate with those who represent the best of our province in an authentic, responsible, and sustainable manner. To assist, a Two Stage RFSQ for Professional Services has been created We have also created a Two Stage RFSQ for Operations and Maintenance, Service and Support These procurement tools allow Develop Nova Scotia to prequalify proponents into specific Categories of Service, to leverage enhanced financial call-up thresholds, and to significantly reduce the tendering timeline. Both RFSQs are open to year-round onboarding by providing a short company profile to that clearly identifies the Categories of Service you seek pre-qualification under and why your organization is positioned to partner with Develop Nova Scotia in that category; you also need to provide an Appendix B Submission Form which is available in the tender documents at the links above. See below for respective Categories of Service:

(DNS-1920-0034) Professional Services Categories of Service

• Archeological Services
• Architectural Design
• Civil Engineering
• Coastal Engineering
• Community Engagement
• Electrical Engineering
• Environmental Engineering
• Fire Protection Engineering
• Inspection/Testing/Laboratory Analysis
• Interior Design
• Landscape Architecture
• Master Planning
• Mechanical Engineering
• Pre-Investment/Feasibility Studies
• Project Management Software and Support
• Quantity Surveying/Cost Estimating
• Structural Engineering
• Urban Planning and Design
• GIS Mapping
• Internet Project
• Network Engineering
• Telecommunications
• Marine Contracting
• Marine Engineering
• Yacht Agent and Consultancy
• Advertising
• Event Management
• Graphic Design
• Marketing
• Multi-media Production
• Public Engagement/Consultation
• Public Relations/Communications
• Quantitative/Qualitative MR
• Social Media/Digital Content
• Translation
• Web Design
• Writing
• HR Consulting
• Management Consulting
• OHS Evaluation & Serv
• Property Appraisal
• Property Brokerage

DNS-2021-0041 Operations & Maintenance Service and Support Categories of Service

• Asphalt installation and repair
• Boat maintenance and repair
• Boiler installation, maintenance, and repair
• Building and public space custodial/cleaning/waste service and support (indoor and outdoor)
• Crane and boom truck
• Disaster restoration
• Diving (including but not limited to dive inspections, pile cleaning and hull cleaning)
• Fire protection services, equipment, and support
• Marine Infrastructure construction and repair (including but not limited to provision and or repair of all related wharf & floating dock materials)
• General construction contracting and repairs (including but limited to painting, roofs, windows, siding, doors, electrical, and plumbing)
• Graffiti removal
• Heavy machinery (including but not limited to grating, excavation, tilt load, hauling, and power generation)
• HVAC installation, maintenance, and repair
• Landscaping installation and upkeep
• Locksmithing and related hardware
• Black and grey water removal, and potable water provision (by truck)
• Metal installation, maintenance, and repair (including but not limited to sandblasting, welding, and replacement)
• Moving and delivery services and support
• Network cabling and IT infrastructure installation and repair
• Parking lot line painting
• Permanent and temporary fencing installation, rental, and repair
• Pest and wildlife control
• Playground installation and repair
• Portable toilet rental and servicing
• Pressure washing
• Scaffolding installation
• Security (including but limited to physical, equipment, and electronic monitoring)
• Sign production and installation
• Snow removal
• Solid waste and recycling services and support
• Special Event Services and Support including but not limited to power, lighting, sound, stage, talent, volunteers, ticketing, traffic, seating and tables, and canopies and tents
• Temporary infrastructure (including but limited to modular and or portable office/working/storage)

Questions related to these guidelines should be directed to the Senior Manager, Procurement and Operations at


Halifax Waterfront

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