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Sustainable Procurement has a New legislative Home in our Province

This is an exciting time for Sustainable Development in our province.  As of November 8, 2018, The Climate and Green Plan Act is in effect. As a result of this new legislation, The Sustainable Development Act and The Climate Change and Emissions Reductions Act have been repealed.  But don’t worry, the new Act continues to promote sustainable procurement.

The new Act continues to define sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs” and states one area of focus as “reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving sustainable operations through sustainable procurement of goods and services.”  In addition to government departments and agencies, regulation or guidance will further define the requirements for government entities under the Act. It is anticipated the entities will include those from the MASH Sector (municipalities, universities, colleges, schools and hospitals) as well as Crown Corporations etc.

By outlining procurement as an area of focus the new legislation recognizes the role government procurement plays in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. By using our combined purchasing power to purchase sustainable goods and services, we are enlarging the market for low carbon and sustainable products thereby reducing supply chain emissions and stimulating more suppliers to invest in sustainability.  

With this new legislation in mind, the Working Group members will continue to update the content in the Sustainable Procurement in Manitoba website to support the purchase of low carbon and sustainable goods and services.

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