The province is moving forward with a plan to privatize the cleaning services at all government buildings.
The idea was first considered back in the new year and is part of a series of cost-cutting measures to fight the $1.2 billion deficit.
“The successful submissions have demonstrated the ministry can save $3.5 million annually, helping the province save money during the current challenging fiscal times,” Central Services Minister Christine Tell said in a news release. “Equally important is that half of the successful companies are employee-owned and all companies have committed to hiring current employees.”
“We understand there are employees affected by this decision. The Ministry of Central Services is committed to working with these employees and their union, within the terms of their collective bargaining agreement.”
Currently, there are 230 cleaning staff.
More than 1,000 bids were received from 65 different companies looking to provide services for the 95 government-owned buildings across the province.
The submissions were scored and analyzed and a final 12 were selected.
The contracts begin July 1, 2017.