Information for Employers

Public Works Contracts

The Apprenticeship Employment Opportunities Act (Public Works Contracts) was proclaimed on November 3, 2014 and requires authorities under the Act to develop and implement a policy respecting the employment of apprentices by contractors who enter into public works contracts.

The Policy below outlines the parameters for compliance under the Act, including general information, scope of application and the responsibilities of contracting authorities, contractors and subcontractors. Please read the Policy to determine if it applies to you as an authority, contractor or subcontractor.

PDFAct - The Apprenticeship Employment Opportunities Act (Public Works Contracts)

PDFPolicy - The Apprenticeship Employment Opportunities Act (Public Works Contracts)

PDFPublic Works Contracts Application Form

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. I am a contracting authority. Does this Policy apply to me?

    This policy applies to all government departments. It also applies to public works contracts administered by third parties on behalf of the government department where the work is performed on an asset owned by the Government of Manitoba.

    The following authorities may voluntarily adopt the Policy at this time: Reporting organizations, Municipalities; Other public sector entities, including Crown corporations, agencies, boards, commissions or Special Operating Agencies of Manitoba.
  2. I am a contractor bidding on a public works contract. Does this Policy apply to me?

    The Policy applies to you if you are bidding on a public works contract that has an award value of $100,000 or more, and if the scope of work in the contract includes the activities of any "sector" definition found in Schedule "A" (see Policy)

    Please note that of the contracts falling within the "sector" definitions, those contracts that do not involve work within the scope of any designated trades under The Apprenticeship and Certification Act are not subject to the Policy.

    In addition, contractors under the Policy must commit to employing apprentices for the duration of the public works contract. Note that apprentices are not required to be working on the job site specific to the public works contract.
  3. I am a subcontractor working on a public works contract. Does this Policy apply to me?

    If the public works contract falls under the scope of the Policy, all subcontractors must submit a Letter to the contractor prior to performing any contract work, regardless of the monetary value of the subcontractor work. Subcontractors must also employ at least one apprentice for the duration of the contract. Note that apprentices are not required to be working on the job site specific to the public works contract.

    Please note that these requirements do not apply if the contractor is exempt from the Policy under the authority of an Exemption Letter.
  4. I am a contractor of subcontractor and the Policy applies to me. What do I do?

    After contractors are successful in bidding on a public works contract that falls under the scope of the Policy, prior to being awarded the contract they must submit a Letter to the contracting authority showing that they currently employ apprentices, or have employed apprentices in the last 12 months.

    Subcontractors hired by contractors to work on a public works contract under this Policy must submit a Letter to the contractor showing that they currently employ apprentices, or have employed apprentices in the past 12 months. Letters may be requested at any time by the contracting authority.

    Both contractors and subcontractors under this Policy are required to engage in apprenticeship training for the duration of the contract. Note that apprentices are not required to be working on the job site specific to the public works contract.
  5. What if I can't find an apprentice to hire? Are there are exemptions to this Policy?

    Apprenticeship Manitoba works with industry stakeholders to find opportunities to get engaged with apprenticeship training. However, under specific circumstances, and at the discretion of Apprenticeship Manitoba, contractors and subcontractors may be exempt from the Policy. These circumstances include but are not limited to the following:

    - Contractor demonstrates a limited ability to provide suitable scope of the designated trade;
    - Contractor demonstrates a limited ability to provide supervision to an apprentice;
    or
    - Contractor demonstrates a limited ability to hire an apprentice.
  6. How do I apply for a Letter?

    Fill out an application form and submit to Apprenticeship Manitoba. If you have any questions about obtaining a Letter, please contact Apprenticeship Manitoba by phone at (204) 945-3337 or 1-877-978-7233, or by email at pwps.apprenticeship@gov.mb.ca

    Three types of Letters may be issued:
          • Engagement Letter - indicating that the contractor is engaged with apprenticeship and is eligible to be awarded a contract.
          • Exemption Letter - indicating that the contractor is exempt from adhering to the policy and is eligible to be awarded a contract.
          • Non-Compliance Letter - indicating that the contractor is not engaged with apprenticeship and is not eligible to be awarded a contract.

Please note that upon receiving a request and all relevant information, it may take up to 10 business days to process the request for a Letter.