IBM Canada Limited (IBM) has been chosen by the federal government to develop its controversial firearms buyback program. That program intends to pay law-abiding firearms owner for the confiscation of their recently banned “military-style assault rifles” firearms.
IBM Canada Limited was one of 15 companies invited to submit proposals for the $1.2 million contract, which was awarded on Dec. 29.
As successful bidder, IBM is required to provide professional services to develop a range of options and approaches to inform the design and implementation of a potential buyback program for recently prohibited firearms.
The contract will be completed in a two-phase approach.
Consultation compensation model
The first phase requires the contractor to consult with other government departments, potentially consult with other levels of government, as well as additional experts in the industry (by February 8) to create compensation model options that include the following:
- Identification of a proposed compensation structure for each affected firearm.
- Analysis of benefits and risks associated with each compensation model.
- Identification of other considerations that may impact the feasibility of each approach and/or model.
That phase will end by March 3.
Task authorization process
Phase two will be managed through a task authorization process and will include the review and revision, where required, of the program design steps and processes to align with the decision made at the end of phase one.
This phase will also include the implementation of the selected process options, associated controls and system improvements, if required. The contractor must be available for phase two for up to one additional two-year period.
The firearms to be confiscated were formerly legally purchased and owned by law-abiding firearms owners. They include approximately 1,500 categories now referred to military-style assault firearms and large bore firearms that were only prohibited by Order in Council on May 1, 2020. They can no longer be legally used, sold or imported.
Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH) Director of Fish and Wildlife Programs Matt DeMille said, “The OFAH has maintained a position that most of the May 1, 2020 prohibitions aren’t justifiable. This government is clearly intent on forging ahead, so it is absolutely necessary to have processes in place that allow for grandfathering and/or compensate Canadians for their property.
Who designs the buyback program isn’t the issue, the bottom line is that the Government of Canada shouldn’t be spending money needlessly, especially with what we continue to face as a nation. Money should absolutely be spent on reducing gun violence, but buying guns from law-abiding Canadians shouldn’t even register on the priority list.”