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Manitoba creating single source for delivery of highway infrastructure


September 13, 2016
By Government of Manitoba

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September 13, 2016 – Following the May 2016 announcement by the Manitoba government, the East Side Road Authority (ESRA) will be dissolved and its responsibility for constructing and maintaining roads on the east side of Lake Winnipeg will be transferred to Manitoba Infrastructure. Infrastructure Minister Blaine Pedersen announced the transition plan to ESRA staff, many of whom will be provided the opportunity to seek employment opportunities within the department in the coming weeks. 

“Our government has taken steps to reduce duplication and pursue a single source for the delivery of highway infrastructure in Manitoba,” Pedersen said. “We are determined to minimize the impact of this transition on employees by ensuring maximum employment opportunities for those affected. We will conduct both direct offer and competitive processes for ESRA staff to continue to have the opportunity to compete for open job opportunities.”

The ESRA is required to provide formal notice of termination of all employees effective Nov. 25, pursuant to the provisions of section 67(1) of the Employment Standards Code. The minister advised ESRA staff are receiving termination notices effective Nov. 25. He added it is the intention of Manitoba Infrastructure to provide employees with continued employment for the notice period of 10 weeks.

“In the coming weeks our government will submit proposals to the federal government for cost-sharing of strategic infrastructure projects on the east side of Lake Winnipeg,” Pedersen said. “Whereas the previous government made infrastructure decisions based on political motivation, we will select projects in line with Manitoba Infrastructure’s commitment to ensuring value for money and return on investment.”

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