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Manitoba's laws and publications can be viewed online free of charge at . All acts and regulations referenced on this website are linked to the online version of the laws of Manitoba, are not an official version, and have been generated for convenience only.

Official versions of the laws of Manitoba are available from the Queens Printer (Statutory Publications) who distributes and sells copies of acts or regulations which can be ordered on request at

Below is a list of acts & regulations that guide sustainable procurement decisions:


Sustainable Development Act

Manitoba's Sustainable Development Act defines sustainable development as "meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".  It is an approach to daily decision-making that combines likely effects to the environment, economy, human health and social well-being.

The Act, made official in 1998, brings into law the Manitoba Principles and Guidelines of Sustainable Development (Schedule A and B) developed to guide the behaviour and decision-making of all government departments, agencies and crown corporations, and is promoted in private industry and in society generally. The Sustainable Guidelines and Principles outlined in the legislation can be used to guide businesses through the process of becoming sustainable.  However, rather than prescribing specific courses of action, the principles and guidelines provide the framework to help businesses modify their decisions to consider future generations.

 For more information on the Sustainable Development Act, click here.  


Sustainable Development Regulation for MASH Entities

The Sustainable Development Act requires MASH entities to adopt, by regulation, Guidelines for Sustainable Procurement. MASH entities include local authorities (municipalities), school divisions, universities, colleges, regional health authorities and hospitals. MASH entities should refer to Regulation 4/2004, Schedule B for Guidelines for Sustainable Procurement.

For more information on the Regulation, click here.


Climate Change and Emission Reductions Act

The purpose of this Act is to address climate change, to encourage and assist Manitobans in reducing emissions, to set targets for reducing emissions and to promote sustainable economic development and energy security.  Roles and responsibilities with respect to the Act include measuring emissions, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting sustainable economic development and energy security.

This Act provides for the establishment of:

  • green building requirements and green building operation and management standards for government buildings and buildings funded by the government;
  • building construction standards for the enrgy and water efficiency of buildings;
  • full efficiency standards for new vehicles acquired for use by the government

These standards will help to shape the specifications placed in tender documents for a variety of goods and services purchased.

For more information on the Climate Change and Emission Reductions Act, click here.


The Efficiency Manitoba Act

The Efficiency Manitoba Act has a mandate to implement and support demand-side management initiatives to meet savings targets and achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions in Manitoba.  The Act currently defines a framework for reducing overall electricity and natural gas consumption within the province. Efficiency Manitoba, the provincial Crown Corporation responsible for administering Act requirements, has defined the following targets:

  • Within 15 years from the commencement date, achieve a 22.5% reduction in electrical energy consumption (1.75% per year) and 11.5% reduction in natural gas consumption (0.75% per year).

In keeping with this Act, government and businesses are encouraged to purchase energy efficient equipment and increase the use of renewable energy sources to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

For more information on The Efficiency Manitoba Act, click here.


Water Protection Act

In January 2009 the Province, under the Water Protection Act, placed a restriction on phosphorus use on lawns/turf in urban environments.  While the restriction is primarily for residential properties, those with responsibilities under the Sustainable Development Act should ensure the restrictions are adhered to at their facilities.  Purchasing documents for landscape services should include the restrictions outlined in this act.

For more information on the Water Protection Act, click here.


Phosphorus Reduction Act   

In November 2007, the provincial Government announced the Phosphorus Reduction Act which will restrict phosphorus content in household automatic dishwashing detergents and other products sold in Manitoba to no more than 0.5 per cent, effective July 2010.

In keeping with this Act, and the Sustainable Development Act, purchasing organizations should create a market demand for phosphate free products by requesting phosphate free cleaners.

For more information on the Phosphorus Reduction Act, click here.


Waste Reduction and Prevention Act

The purpose of this Act is to reduce and prevent the production and disposal of waste in the province consistent with the principles of sustainable development and to this end to:

a) encourage consumers, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, governments, government agencies and other persons to develop and adopt practices and programs for the reduction and prevention of waste;

b) enhance public awareness of the detrimental effect of waste on the environment and the natural resources of the province

c) ensure the use of resources and the environment today meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

The Act specifies that governments, government agencies and all members of society are responsible for reducing and preventing waste.

The waste minimization strategies put forward in the legislation are supported by purchasers with activities like minimizing the packaging associated with goods purchased, purchasing items with a high post consumer waste (PCW) content, purchasing durable and non disposable items  and supporting enhancing recycling services for paper, mixed containers, aluminium cans, light bulbs, electronics, etc.

For more information Waste Reduction and Prevention Act, click here.


The Government Purchases Act: Responsible Manufacturers Regulation

In April 2007, the Province of Manitoba’s Procurement Services Branch developed a Responsible Manufacturers policy for the purchase of clothing from responsible manufacturers.   The Policy promotes awareness and helps to educate the vendor and subcontractor community about Manitoba's interest in dealing with vendors that supply clothing at competitive prices without engaging in exploitive labour practices.

In March 2009, The Government Purchases Act and Government Purchases Regulation came into effect. The Act and the Regulation governs and further supports the purchase of clothing from responsible manufacturers. Under the Regulation, organizations bidding to supply clothing to government entities must establish that the manufacturing of clothing must meet minimum fair labour practices stated under Section 3.

For more information on:

  • The Government Purchases Act: Responsible Manufacturers Regulation, click here.
  • The Government Purchases Act, click here.
  • PSB’s Responsible Manufacturers - Clothing Policy (updated in January 2013), click here.


The Accessibility for Manitobans Act

In December 2013, the Accessibility for Manitobans Act (AMA) was passed into legislation. The Act outlines processes to identify, remove and prevent barriers to accessibility. The AMA focuses on creating Accessibility Standards for five key areas: Customer Service; Employment Accessibility; Information and Communications; Built Environment; and Transportation.

Each Accessibility Standard will outline specific requirements and timelines for organizations that have a responsibility to eliminate barriers. The AMA applies to all organizations and businesses in Manitoba (both public and private) and must comply with each Accessibility Standard as it becomes law.

  • In November 2015, the Customer Service Accessibility Standard became law in Manitoba. To view the Customer Service Accessibility Standard and its timelines, click here.
  • Other Accessibility Standards (Customer Service, Employment Accessibility, Information and Communications, Built Environment, and Transportation) are currently being developed by the Province of Manitoba.

For more information on the AMA and the Accessibility Standards under the AMA, go to:

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