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Industry wants meaningful response to concerns on Winnipeg social procurement clause

The MHCA is pursuing meaningful response to the numerous and substantive concerns industry members have expressed since the City of Winnipeg offered a sample of what its social procurement requirements will look like in Public Works tenders.

“Our industry members raised valid concerns, including how the threshold for worker diversity on the projects will be set and, more importantly, verified by the City,” MHCA President & CEO Chris Lorenc said.

“We’ve not received any response on that, and the concern is real because contract awards must still be open, fair and transparent.”

The City of Winnipeg is planning to roll out a number of pilot projects that include social procurement clauses within some Public Works and Water & Waste tenders this year. These pilots are intended to test the industry’s ability to respond to requirements, which will include submitting a social procurement plan in order to qualify for the bid award process.

A sample of what a pilot tender might look like this year can be seen by clicking here. The city’s pilots will allow bidders to set their own thresholds (percentage diverse workforce), so data can be collected by the City on industry capacity, to help in preparing tenders with social procurement requirements in the future.

Lorenc said the industry regards the intent of the City’s plan as an opportunity to expand the opportunity to recruit workers for an industry facing shortages.

However, the action plan must be solid and workable, for it to provide meaningful jobs and careers to those it attracts.

The verification of such commitments within bids is a top concern, Lorenc said. The commitments will be based on voluntary surveys employers are being asked to distribute to their workforce, allowing employees to self-declare their identity status.

Winnipeg’s social procurement policy and action plan is intended to spread the benefit of it’s the City’s $400-million+ annual procurement spend to target equity groups, including Indigenous and racialized people, newcomers, Black, women, LGBTQ2SI+ and others. Contracts will include clauses regarding the recruitment, hiring, training and development of individuals from the equity groups.

Chair’s Gala

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Close to 650pp attended from both industry, government and stakeholder partners.  It was the closing of Nicole Chabot’s two year term as Chair.  Dennis Cruise of Bituminex Paving was welcomed as the new Chair.

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2022 Heavy Santa

December 16, 2022
David Livingstone School

This event was made possible through fundraising at the MHCA Chair’s Gala and Spring Mixer.

104 goodie bags and presents were prepared for the grades 1-4 students at David Livingstone School. 

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Awards Breakfast & Annual General Meeting

November 18, 2022
RBC Convention Centre

Manitoba Transportation & Infrastructure (MTI) Award Winner

  • Grading – Strilkiwski Contracting Ltd.: PTH 6 Grahamdale
  • Paving – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PTH 83
  • Urban Works – Coco Paving o/a Russell Redi-Mix: Bituminous Reconstruction PA 634 and Bituminous Pavement PTH 5
  • Special Projects – Mekhana Development Corp/Arnason Industries Ltd: Theresa Point Airport
  • Major Structures – D. Steele Construction: Bridge Replacement over the Red River Floodway on PTH 59N
  • Minor Structures – Moncrief Construction Ltd.: Reinforced concrete box culvert on PTH 5
  • Water Management – Brunet Ltd.: Flood response, Morris ring dike closure

200 members and guests gathered to hear greetings from Premier Heather Stefanson and the newly elected Mayor of Winnipeg, Scott Gillingham. Hon. Doyle Piwniuk, Minister, Manitoba Infrastructure, handed out the MTI Awards.

31 companies were recognized for their milestone membership commitments.

Matthew Neziol, of Bayview Construction, received the Safety Leader Award.

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