The Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada is preparing for COVID-19 physical distancing requirements to continue into the autumn of 2021 or later, according to a new call asking for meeting space.
This request for room rentals in downtown Toronto was posted on the Government of Canada Procurement website:
Due to COVID-19, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada requires additional space in the Downtown Toronto area to hold hearings while being able to adhere to current Public Health recommendations of physical distancing. The present space allocation does not allow for these temporary accommodations and as a result the IRB has an interim requirement to rent additional space to hold hearings.
The rental timeframe is for approximately one (1) year beginning fall 2020, with the option of adding additional of rooms and/or extending the end date of the agreement at IRB’s discretion, subject to availability.
IRB Canada made a similar request for rooms in the Greater Hamilton Area, outside of Toronto.
The Toronto request was later amended to clarify that the winning bidder must supply ten rooms, a waiting area, video conferencing capabilities, plexiglass partitions, hand sanitizing stations, a secure room with a fax machine and a kitchen for use by IRB staff.
An amendment to the Hamilton area solicitation states that the building must be within 300 metres of a public transit stop and an IT specialist available during normal business hours.