IO outlines service provider contracts for government’s real estate portfolio

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Ontario Construction News staff writer

Provincial procurement agency Infrastructure Ontario (IO) has reported to several industry associations and groups what it describes as “an update regarding the imminent transition of two major service provider contracts in support of maintaining and modernizing the Ontario government’s General Real Estate Portfolio (GREP).”

The Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA) reported in its March 27 newsletter: “In 2023, following open and competitive processes, IO awarded new Master Service Agreements” for:

  • Real Property Services (RPS) to BGIS Canada and
  • Project Management Services Provider (PMSP) to Colliers Project Leaders.

Both contracts took effect on April 1.

IO says the Real Property Services contractor provides a wide range of services, including:

  • day-to-day property management;
  • small works delivery under $50,000;
  • asset renewal works (low and medium complexity projects typically under $1 million); and
  • capital planning, smart building technology, occupancy planning, energy and environmental management, strategic sourcing, and vendor management as well as lease administration.

Meanwhile, the Project Management Service Provider manages a variety of high complexity capital repair and ministry-funded projects with a capital value of up to $20 million.

The contract will include:

  • program management;
  • project delivery;
  • corporate support; and
  • provision of technical services.

Under their respective Master Service Agreements, both BGIS Canada and Colliers Project Leaders will be establishing and managing Vendors of Record (VOR)s in accordance with IO policies. IO’s current VOR lists expire in 2024. Both service providers are required to follow IO’s Procurement Policy.

As part of the transition plan, both service providers have, or will be, engaging in outreach to the following industry and professional associations to provide advance notice:

  • Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA)
  • Local Construction Associations across Ontario
  • Ontario Association of Architects (OAA)
  • Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO)
  • Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC)
  • Women Business Enterprises Canada Council (WBE Canada)
  • Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB)
  • Canada’s 2SLGBTQUI+ Chamber of Commerce (CGLCC)
  • Inclusive Workplace and Supply Council of Canada (IWSCC)
  • Afro-Canadian Construction Association (ACCA)

Additionally, both service providers have, or intend to, advertise on MERX, and continue to communicate directly to current Vendors of Record.

BGIS has already initiated the prequalification process for its VOR lists (general contracting services, engineering and technical services, and architectural and interior design services). BGIS expects to have evaluated and finalized its vendor lists shortly. BGIS also intends to reopen its VOR every six months to enable additional service providers to prequalify for the program.

For more information on BGIS’s VOR program, please contact

Colliers will also be managing a VOR process, per the scope of their contract and in accordance with IO policy. Colliers intends to issue its own call on MERX for pre-qualification for their VOR lists imminently. Colliers will be notifying all companies on IO’s current VOR lists directly once its own prequalification process is launched.

For further details about the Colliers VOR prequalification process, please contact Colliers directly at


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