Conveyance Contracts

Body Removal and Transport

The British Columbia Coroners Service (BCCS) is responsible for the investigation of all unnatural, sudden and unexpected, unexplained or unattended deaths within British Columbia. In the course of the investigation, the coroner may determine that a deceased person must be removed from the place of origin (death) and transported to a nearby morgue, funeral home, hospital or other site in order to conduct the investigation. The BCCS relies on external contractors to provide this removal and transportation service on a contractual basis. All competitive solicitations are posted on the BC Bid website, inviting proponents to respond to bid opportunities.

Contracts generally run between one to five years (although 2‐3 years is typical, due to fuel price volatility/uncertainty) and will typically be characterised by a fixed price for service on a unit basis over a defined geographic area. Proposals are evaluated on a variety of factors including, but not limited to: pricing, equipment and response capabilities, experience, policies and training.

Specific Requirements

Specific requirements or expectations of contractors is not static throughout the province, and can change based on local conditions/infrastructure, degree of competition or other factors. The following are some common features:

  • Often two people are required for service requests (driver + attendant)
  • Contractors are almost always expected to respond to service requests on a 24 hours/day, 7‐day/week basis
  • Contractors will be expected to arrive at the site directed by the coroner within a reasonable timeframe from the service request (can range from 30‐90 minutes depending on area)
  • Contractors are strictly prohibited from soliciting business while engaged by the Coroners Service
  • Vehicle or uniform markings/logos are discouraged or prohibited
  • Vehicles must be to the overall satisfaction of the Coroner and be made available for inspection upon request
  • Contractor will provide shroud, body bag or other related supplies at no additional expense.
  • Temporary refrigerated body storage may be desirable or required in some locations
  • Contractor must have Commercial General Liability insurance of no less than $2,000,000 and name the province as additional insured; be registered with WorksafeBC and maintain WCB coverage for duration of contract
  • Submit to criminal record checks for all employees

Ground Transportation

On occasion, remains need to be transported from somewhere in the province to the greater Vancouver area in order to undergo specialized forensic analysis as part of a coroner’s investigation. While air transport is sometimes used, ground (road) transportation is more common. At present, the BCCS puts out a Request for Standing Offers to potential contractors annually for a fixed price for two-way return trip routes between certain zones and the Vancouver area. The specific requirements expected of contractors is less onerous compared to body removal/transportation contracts. Pricing submitted by contractors will be firm over the 1-year duration of the Standing Offer, and the BCCS is free to use any of the Standing Offers in order to retain the flexibility to deal with logistical/scheduling challenges. Volume is sporadic and unpredictable.

Questions: Please contact Aaron Burns for any questions regarding body removal and transportation.

Current Solicitations

Geographic Area
(and surrounding areas)
Solicitation # Response deadline Approx annual units
ITQ Salmon Arm BCCSITQ2018-02 Feb 9, 2018 82
RFP Victoria ON-003120 Feb 22, 2018 394

Future Solicitations

Future competitive solicitations: The following table represents anticipated future competitive solicitations at a point in time and is provided for transparency and for planning purposes of potential contractors. The ministry offers no guarantee as to the number of service requests, the timing of the posting, or even that a solicitation on BC Bid will be made.

Geographic Area
(and surrounding areas)
To be posted on BCBid by: (estimate)
For service beginning
Approx annual units