Medium-sized businesses are quite satisfied with the Canadian government's call for tenders and contract awarding system, especially because for the past few years a particular focus has been placed on the quality of the firm and its experience, innovation and skills. In certain contracts for example, 90% of the points are awarded for these more qualitative aspects, and price only counts for 10%. The lowest bidder syndrome is qualified in this way.
To answer your question, I would say that one of the important qualitative elements is the quality of service provided by the bidding enterprise in the course of a previous contract with the Government of Canada. An evaluation is done, and it counts for future contracts. This is positive if the firm did good work, and negative if it made major errors.
I don't know if this is done in every case or in the majority of cases, but when it is possible, our member enterprises consider that it is indeed important to take into account the work that was done in previous mandates.