Manitoba Infrastructure sets terms for service-delivery review

MHCA president asked to represent heavy construction industry at consultation.
February 16, 2018
February 16, 2018 - Consultations on reviewing Manitoba Infrastructure’s service delivery model will begin February 22, with an eye to modernizing provincial procurement and to getting greater value from the renewal and construction of strategic infrastructure.

Those were two objectives of the review of MI, set out in the November, 2017, throne speech. The Pallister government said it wanted to streamline service delivery and get better outcomes.

Draft terms of reference have been shared with a variety of stakeholders, including the heavy construction industry. MHCA President Chris Lorenc will attend the February 22 consultation session.

The session makes good on an announcement by Infrastructure Minister Ron Schuler at the MHCA Awards Breakfast in November, where the minister said everything would be on the table for review. Schuler said his intent is to move expeditiously on the review’s recommendations, to come by the end of 2018.

“We asked our members to provide their views on how MI can be structured better,” Lorenc said. “We think the provincial government can use its investment strategy and dollars for a greater return, to boost Manitoba’s economy.”

The MHCA’s Executive Committee will consider those suggestions at its meeting next Wednesday, and scope out the industry’s contributions to the review.

“This is a really smart move the government has made,” Lorenc added. “We welcome this review and believe it could well serve the interests of all Manitobans.”

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