Bill 216 2007
An Act to promote the purchase of mass transit vehicles that are made in Canada
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
1. The purpose of this Act is to enact the principle that when mass transit vehicles are purchased, public authorities achieve the best possible outcome for every dollar spent by assessing the costs and benefits to government and the people of Canada, rather than selecting solely on the basis of the lowest purchase price.
2. In this Act,
"mass transit vehicles" include subway cars, rail transit cars, light rail cars, buses and street cars.
Purchase of mass transit vehicles
3. A municipality that receives a grant, loan or other financial assistance from the Province for the purchase of mass transit vehicles shall give a preference to mass transit vehicles that are manufactured in Canada in accordance with section 4.
4. (1) In the purchase of mass transit vehicles, municipalities shall give a preference of 30 per cent of the total dollar value of the contract to vehicles that are manufactured in Canada.
(2) Subsection (1) does not apply unless,
(a) the bid that includes mass transit vehicles manufactured in Canada is a compliant bid and conforms to the rules and procedure applicable to the purchase process; and
(b) the Canadian manufactured vehicles are not inferior in quality to vehicles included in bids that are lower in price, not taking the preference into account, that are compliant bids and conform to the rules and procedure applicable to the purchase process.
5. This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.
6. The short title of this Act is the Buy in Canada for Mass Transit Vehicles Act, 2007.
The Bill gives a 30 per cent preference for the purchase of mass transit vehicles that are made in Canada, if the municipality making the purchase receives funds from the Province for the purchase.