Released on March 13, 2017
Move is Anticipated to Save $3.5 Million Annually
The Government of Saskatchewan will save $3.5 million annually by contracting 12 Saskatchewan-based suppliers to clean government-owned buildings. Six of the 12 successful firms set to receive contracts are employee-owned companies. All companies have agreed to hire existing government cleaning employees.
More than 1,000 bids from 65 companies were received on the 95 buildings offered to suppliers through a Request for Services process that closed February 10, 2017. The Ministry of Central Services has thoroughly analyzed and scored the submissions over the last several weeks. The evaluation process is being monitored by an independent fairness advisor from Meyers Norris Penny.
“The successful submissions have demonstrated the ministry can save $3.5 million annually, helping the province save money during the current challenging fiscal times,” Central Services Minister Christine Tell said. “Equally important is that half of the successful companies are employee-owned and all companies have committed to hiring current employees.
“We understand there are employees affected by this decision. The Ministry of Central Services is committed to working with these employees and their union, within the terms of their collective bargaining agreement.”
The ministry next will negotiate contracts and anticipates the firms will start cleaning government-owned buildings by July 1, 2017.
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