MASH Sector - Municipalities, School Boards, Health Regions and Publicly-Funded Post-Secondary Institutions

The procurement rules of the NWPTA apply to the MASH sector where the anticipated costs are at or above the following thresholds:

  • $75,000 or greater for goods
  • $75,000 or greater for services
  • $200,000 or greater for construction

The procurement rules of the NWPTA will apply to Manitoba’s MASH sector by January 1, 2019.


There are certain exceptions to procurement under the NWPTA, including:

  • Procurement of health and social services, and services provided by lawyers and notaries.
  • Purchases from philanthropic institutions, prison labour or persons with disabilities.
  • Purchases from a public body or non-profit organization.
  • Goods required to respond to an unforeseeable situation of urgency.
  • Goods intended for resale to the public.

For the complete list, refer to Part V (Exceptions)  of the NWPTA.

A bid protest mechanism allows suppliers in the NWPTA provinces to challenge a specific procurement conducted by a public entity in any of these jurisdictions where the supplier believes the procurement was not conducted in compliance with the procurement obligations of the NWPTA. For more detailed information, click here.

The ability of Manitoba vendors to use the bid protest mechanism, with respect to the procurements of the other three Parties, comes into effect when Manitoba’s corresponding government entities become subject to procurement obligations. In other words when Manitoba’s MASH entities become subject to the procurement rules of the NWPTA on January 1, 2019, Manitoba vendors will be able to challenge MASH procurements in the other three provinces.

Land Use

  • Land-use measures (e.g., zoning decisions) are excluded from the NWPTA, provided they treat residents from NWPTA provinces the same.

Business Licensing

Under the NWPTA, the reconciliation of local government business licensing processes between municipalities is currently voluntary.

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