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Qualifying Service Companies

The ASCP defines two categories of oil and gas service companies: major contractors and minor contractors. Major contractors are those service companies that provide one of the 14 major service types defined by the program (see the Questions and Answers document, question #72). Service companies providing all other services are considered minor contractors for the purposes of the program.

Major contractors – those that provide one or more of the 14 major service types – will be required to complete the Ministry of SaskBuilds and Procurement's Request for Supplier Qualifications (RFSQ), found at SaskTenders (Competition #7710A). Minor contractors – those that do not provide one of the 14 major service types – do not need to complete the RFSQ. Note that a service company can be both a major and a minor contractor under the ASCP.

All service companies, regardless of whether or not they are considered a major or a minor contractor, that wish to participate in the ASCP must be Saskatchewan-based. This includes:

  • Being located in Saskatchewan;
  • Employing Saskatchewan people;
  • Paying Saskatchewan taxes; and
  • Sourcing their supplies from Saskatchewan-based businesses based upon capacity, quality and availability.

Major contractors must also meet a number of technical requirements to qualify for the program. This includes:

  • Employ and keep current all safety programs or safety management systems;
  • Maintain a minimum of $2,000,000 Comprehensive General Liability Insurance;
  • Maintain a minimum of $1,000,000 Automotive Liability Insurance;
  • Be registered with the Workers Compensation Board (WCB); and
  • Where applicable, hold a valid Saskatchewan or home province Certificate of Recognition (COR) or Small Employer Certificate of Recognition (SECOR).

View the current list of ASCP approved major service companies. Note, this list is subject to change throughout the life of the program and will be updated at regular intervals.

To view a current list of ASCP eligible First Nations and Métis major and minor contractors, please visit the COE's Export Database at Click on the green button on the right-hand side of the landing page titled "ASCP Eligible Indigenous Major/Minor Contractor Listing" to download a PDF containing an up-to-date list of fully eligible First Nations and Métis major and minor contractors.

Eligible Expenses

All expenses associated with completing the work, and in accordance with the work package contract, will be eligible, including:

  • Materials and supplies;
  • Wages;
  • Equipment rentals;
  • Laboratory analysis; and
  • Transportation of workers and equipment to and from sites.

Additional details on eligible and ineligible expenses will be made available as part of the work package contracting process set out by the SRC.

Updated Pricing

The ASCP provides an opportunity to all major contractors to update program pricing every six months. All major contractors who have been deemed eligible to participate in the program can update their program rate sheets from November 29 to December 13, 2021. Updated pricing will apply to work completed after January 1, 2022. No adjustments or additions to rates sheets will be permitted once this window has closed, until the next pricing update window in June/July 2022. The program reserves the right to make adjustments across all service types for inputs that are subject to unexpected inflationary pressures. Communications will be sent directly to licensees and service companies and will provide additional information.

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