Federal Contracts to Help Hire and Train Apprentices

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Are you an employer of apprentices interested in federal construction or maintenance contracts?

The federal government offers contracts and procurement opportunities to private businesses across the country. These highly lucrative projects can range from short-term to multi-year agreements, and provide jobs and other economic benefits to the communities they serve.

Doing business with the Government of Canada provides opportunities to employers and the apprentices they hire

The Government of Canada is working to support the hiring and training of apprentices through:

  • federal construction and maintenance contracts;
  • funds transferred to provinces and territories through the Investment in Affordable Housing; and,
  • the new Building Canada plan for infrastructure.

Employers bidding on government construction and maintenance contracts for Public Works and Government Services Canada, as well as Defence Construction Canada, are asked to sign a voluntary certification expressing their commitment to hire and train apprentices. However, this will not impact the solicitation evaluation process.

As part of the voluntary certification, bidders will be asked to inform the Government of Canada about:

  • the number of apprentices they are employing; and,
  • to identify the trades of these apprentices.

Information received through the voluntary certification will be used to inform an ongoing approach to support the use of apprentices in federal projects in a manner that helps Canadian workers, but is also fair to business.

For more information on the bid solicitation process please contact your procurement representative.

In addition to BuyandSell.gc.ca, businesses and employers can also visit MERX.com for additional procurement opportunities or for information on doing business with the Government of Canada.

Is your business new to the federal procurement process? Visit the Office of Small and Medium Enterprises for help.

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