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This document contains the policy as revised July 1, 2001. It replaces the version dated February 10, 1998.
To ensure that real property transactions are, and are seen to be, conducted with openness and fairness.
Note: For interpretation of this policy in the Province of Quebec, "real property" means "immovable" within the meaning of civil law of the Province of Quebec and includes the rights of a lessee in respect of such an immovable.
It is government policy that departments acquire and dispose of, and are seen to acquire and dispose of, real property in a fair and open manner that recognizes the need for the public to be given a reasonable opportunity to acquire property from, and dispose of property to, the government.
This policy applies to all departments within the meaning of section 2 of the Financial Administration Act unless specific acts or regulations override it.
(a) Departments must provide the public with a fair and equitable opportunity to acquire real property from, and to dispose of it to, the government by soliciting offers except where, taking into account program requirements, it is the minister's opinion that one of the following conditions applies:
Examples of transactions that could fall under the second category appear in Appendix A. In all cases, the full circumstances and data used to substantiate the decision to make an exception must be documented in the relevant files.
(b) In soliciting offers, departments must give a reasonable and representative number of persons or firms an opportunity to make offers by using one of the methods in Appendix B.
(c) Departmental decisions on selecting offers must be financially prudent and comply with the points below.
A department shall
The criteria for determining best value must be identified before entering into the acquisition or disposition. These criteria may be based on the best balance of benefits to a department's programs.
(d) When acquiring or disposing of real property, departments must determine that the total consideration payable or receivable by the government is justified in relation to the market value of the real property being acquired or disposed of. Departments must use current appraisals or estimates as set out in Appendix C to assist in this determination.
The Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat is responsible for advising the Treasury Board on establishing policy on real property and monitoring practices to acquire and dispose of real property.
The Secretariat will determine how effective this policy is, find out how it is applied in departments, and decide whether it needs to be revised. It will do this through ongoing contact with departments, consulting with the Treasury Board Advisory Committee on Real Property, and noting audits and reviews conducted by departments or the Auditor General of Canada. The Treasury Board Guide to Monitoring Real Property Managementprovides information so that departments can monitor and assess policy implementation.
Please direct enquiries about this policy to your departmental headquarters. For interpretation of this policy, departmental headquarters should contact:
Real Property and Materiel Policy Directorate
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat
140 O'Connor Street
Ottawa ON K1A 0G5
Telephone: (613) 941-7173
Facsimile: (613) 957-2405
Policy requirement (a) sets out two exceptions to the solicitation rule. The following are examples of transactions that could be included in the second category:
(a) A purchase, lease, licence, or other acquisition in which the property to be acquired can only reasonably be acquired from one source, such as
(b) A sale, lease, licence, or other disposition in which the property can only reasonably be disposed of to one person, such as
(c) The acquisition of an option to purchase real property.
Unless otherwise excepted, the exercise of an option requires a solicitation of offers.
(d) A transfer of administration between two departments or between a department and an agent corporation.
(e) A transfer of administration and control to a province, or a sale to a municipality, where the property is to be used for public purposes.
(f) A sale of property to the Canada Lands Company CLC Limited.
In addition, there will be transactions that will have characteristics that might also make the solicitation of offers inappropriate or otherwise not in the public interest. One example would be a new lease for presently occupied real property, where an options analysis indicates the total cost of continued occupancy to be clearly less costly than the total estimated cost of new occupancy, based on complete and reliable market data, than would be expected to result from a solicitation of offers. However, this options analysis must be done early enough so a solicitation of offers for the needed property will not be precluded if the options analysis is inconclusive.
Definitions of "appraisal" and "estimate" appear in the Treasury Board Real Property Glossary.
Appraisal services must be obtained in accordance with the requirements of Appendix E of the Treasury Board Common Services Policy.
The terms of reference for the appraisal or portfolio valuation will be
developed by the custodial department in consultation with the Canada
Lands CompanyCLC Limited.