Status report on Transformational and Major Crown projects

Official title: Employment and Social Development Canada 2015–2016 Departmental Performance Report

Project name

12-9007-047 Mainframe Legacy Application Migration Project (MLAMP)


The Mainframe Legacy Application Migration Project (MLAMP) has been initiated to migrate a portfolio of Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) applications, components and data from a Unisys mainframe platform to a new GC-standard and highly available computing platform before December 2016.

Project outcomes

  • Increased agility provided by new/modern platform;
  • Increased access to skilled resources.

Industrial benefits

  • Increased agility provided by new/modern platform. Changes in architectural constructs, where possible, will provide an increased ability to respond quicker to new business requirements/program changes.
  • Increased access to skilled resources. Moving to an open platform, and converting to a modern development language, will increase access to skilled resources. Training for modern skills is more readily available. Net training, for example, is available through many learning providers in cities across Canada.

Sponsoring department


Contracting authority


Participating departments



Prime contractor

Accenture Canada Inc., Ottawa, ON

Major subcontractors



Dell Canada and Dell USA

Project phase

ESDC Investment Management Process Stage 4: Build/Deploy

TBS Phases: Project Implementation

Major milestones

  1. Gate 1 Approval: December 2012
  2. Gate 2 Approval: March 2013
  3. TB Submission Approval (Planning): June 2013
  4. SSC Technical Platform Roadmap: July 2013
  5. RFP Process completed and prime contractor selected: May 2014
  6. Partial Gate 3: May 2014
  7. TB submission (Amended Project Approval, Expenditure Authorities and Full Contracting Authority): June 2014
  8. Contract Awarded: June 2014
  9. Plan and Build Deliverables completed: January 2015
  10. SSC Infrastructure Acquisition completed: February 2015
  11. SSC Dev. Environments Delivered: April 2015
  12. ESDC Final Gate 3 Approval: April 2015
  13. TB submission (Remaining Authorities): May 2015
  14. SSC Production Environments Delivered: January 2016
  15. TB submission, amended project authorities, May 2016
  16. SSC Disaster Recovery Environment Delivered: June 2016
  17. Migration of Applications for Release 1, to be completed: September 2016
  18. Stabilization completed: October 2016
  19. Contract Award to Unisys Canada Inc.: June 2016
  20. Production Period for new Unisys Mainframe Platform completed (30 days Ready for Use): December 2016

*Milestones 1 to 16 and 19 have been completed; remaining milestones reflect current planned dates.

Progress report and explanation of variances

Overall Project Health is presented as red due to the number and severity of short-term risks and issues.

On June 6, 2013, ESDC received project approval for MLAMP along with expenditure authority for the Planning stage of the project.  On June 12, 2014, ESDC received amended project approval, as well as expenditure approval for the contract with the Migration Solution Provider (Accenture Canada Inc.) and to begin the preliminary work of the Development/Build stage; Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) received approval to enter into a contract with Accenture Canada Inc. on behalf of ESDC.  On May 14, 2015, ESDC received amended project approval and expenditure authority to complete the execution of the project. PSPC received amended contracting authority for the contract with Accenture Canada Inc. as well as approval to enter into a contract with Micro Focus (Canada) Ltd., on behalf of ESDC, for the procurement of software licensing, support and maintenance for Micro Focus COBOL. Finally, on May 19, 2016, the Treasury Board (TB) approved amended project authorities for MLAMP.

The Disaster Recovery (DR) environment, solution and configuration testing, was completed June 10, 2016.  All environments have now been delivered. A modified plan for Release 1 was presented to the DM Oversight Committee on May 2, 2016 and accepted with a go-live date for early September 2016.   

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