Procurement practices

Unless otherwise exempt by Trade Agreements, we use an open, competitive process in the solicitation of bids using a Request for Quotation (RFQ) or Request for Proposal (RFP) to select vendors for the supply of goods, services or construction.

Authorized Manitoba Hydro corporate employees may also purchase small amounts of goods and services with a corporate credit card, encouraging local purchases.

We may precede the procurement process with requests for information, such as Request for information (RFI) and Request for pre-qualification (RFPQ).

Trade agreements

  • Effective July 1, 2017, our procurement is covered by two trade agreements: the Canadian Free Trade Agreement (CFTA), and the New West Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA).
  • The CFTA replaces the Agreement of Internal Trade (AIT) and was established to provide a framework to reduce and eliminate barriers to the inter-provincial movement of goods, services, labour and investment, and to bring about a more open and stable domestic trade within Canada.
  • The NWPTA creates a single economic region encompassing British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

Tendering thresholds

  • Procurement requirements up to $5,000 are purchased directly by departments.
  • Our preference is to competitively source goods, services and construction valued greater than $5,000.
  • In accordance with trade agreements, we electronically tender goods greater than $25,000 and services or construction greater than $100,000.

Electronic tendering

  • All Manitoba tenders over Trade Agreement thresholds are advertised, distributed, and received via an electronic tendering services called MERX. This is a nationwide system operated by Mediagrif, a Montreal-based company. Email MERX, search for tender opportunities on the MERX website, or phone 1-800-964-6379.

Northern purchasing

  • We encourage Indigenous and northern businesses to participate in business and employment opportunities that arise from hydro development projects.
  • Our northern purchasing policy (PDF, 64 KB) aims to promote business, contract and employment opportunities by guiding procurement actions on work within Manitoba’s Northern Affairs Boundary (PDF, 145 KB).
  • Primary factors considered in all purchase decisions are quality of goods, attainment of schedules, and achievement of overall value.
  • Complete our vendor registration to tell us who you are and what products or services your company can provide. Your company will then be included in our vendor database, which we use when seeking sources of supply and application of the northern purchasing policy.

Business conduct

Contractor employment database program

  • The contractor employment database program lets us track all equity hiring (Indigenous peoples, members of visible minority groups, women, and persons with disabilities) doing on-site service work valued at $5,000 or more where external labour is used.
  • Our objective is to survey contractors’ employees doing work on Manitoba Hydro’s behalf in order to allow us to report on specific groups affected by our spending.
  • Required documents to be download by contractors:

For more information, email Supply Chain Management.