As many of you may already be aware, Manitoba has recently approved changes to the Government Wide Contract Policy (formerly the Government Wide Tendering Policy).

In summary, the most recent version of the policy embodies the following main requirements:

• COR™ or SECOR™ safety certification now applies to subcontractors (as defined in the policy) which have a subcontract value of $100K or more. This requirement is new and will be in effect for all contracts tendered after March 31, 2016.

• COR™ or SECOR™ safety certification still applies to general contractors having a contract value over $100K. This requirement has been the same since 2012 and will remain so.

• COR™ or SECOR™ safety certification does not apply to non-structural/non-architectural renovation contracts or to maintenance services contracts in the Housing sector or Industrial, Commercial, Institutional sector.

• Much of the Government Wide Contract Policy remains the same as it always has, particularly regarding contractor declarations to follow the applicable safety laws and wage rate laws. This declaration is made on the new Contractor’s Certification Form.

Contractors are likely to begin seeing updated contract language and forms respecting the Government Wide Contract Policy in tenders in advance of the March 31, 2016 implementation date for subcontractor COR requirements.

Full information is available through the Government of Manitoba at:  http://www.gov.mb.ca/wdis/contractpolicy/index.html