MHCA acknowledges it is located on Treaty One land and the homeland of the Metis Nation

Winnipeg approves bid requirements for targeted groups on water pollution centre

Winnipeg City Council has approved a motion to attach procurement requirements for hiring from targeted equity groups on the North End Water Pollution Control Centre project tender.

“We are concerned about the manner in which this decision was made, given that industry and a number of community organizations have worked hard to ensure Winnipeg’s social procurement policy and proposed action plan are workable and meaningful in their goals,” MHCA President Chris Lorenc said.

The motion, passed Feb. 24 by City Council, requires that future phases of the pollution control centre’s construction include requirements that bidders include estimates of the number and classifications of skilled labour persons, “targets for employment of Indigenous peoples and other under-represented groups within the Manitoba market” and plans with organizations to promote employment and training initiatives for those groups.

The information will be evaluated as part of the bid, the motion states.

The decision gets ahead of the formulation of a finalized social procurement policy and an action plan to put into motion the use of the city’s purchases of goods, services and construction tenders to spread the benefits of its buying power to under-represented target groups, including Indigenous, unemployed, persons of colour and LGBT2S.

All representatives on the social procurement working group want to see benefits of procurement achieving social good, Lorenc said. But to ensure social procurement is delivered successfully – with verifiable lasting benefit for equity groups – it has to be done carefully.

The motion notes that bidders’ declarations of the employment numbers and training initiatives will be evaluated – how that will be done and given points in the awards process is a complicated and critical piece, Lorenc said. It touches upon the City’s commitment to fair, open tendering and is foundational to the ability to verify the commitment was delivered and to measure its impact.

“We are going to engage with the City as this project tender proceeds because of its implications for the social procurement policy and the action plan that is very much still in the development.”

The funding for the construction of the first phase of the north end sewage treatment plant was announced last summer. The total estimated cost for the treatment plant is $1.8 billion.

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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