Campbell wants to pump you up

Swanky ceremonies and vanity videos aren't the only perks civil servants are getting from the Campbell administration these days. On Tuesday, the Ministry of Labour and Citizens' Services quietly announced it was looking for "Fitness Clubs that are willing to offer discounted memberships (to bureaucrats and their immediate family), initially, in approximately 20 to 25 major communities in B.C." According to the request for proposal, the discount membership program - which is meant to encourage civil servants to "become and remain physically fit" - will be in place by the fall. Participating clubs are set to be identified on the public service agency's intranet site "which is accessible by its approximately 30,000 employees." The following is a copy of the relevant portion of that request, which was posted on BC Bid.

Summary Details:

As an employer, the Government of the Province of British Columbia ("the Province") wishes to encourage its employees to become and remain physically fit. One of the ways to promote this goal will be to identify Fitness Clubs that are willing to offer discounted memberships, initially, in approximately 20 to 25 major communities in B.C. The scope of this RFQ will be limited to offering these discounted memberships to interested employees and their immediate family.

The Province, as an employer, will be responsible for selecting Fitness Clubs that can provide fitness facilities/programs and are willing to provide corporate or discounted rates for employees and their immediate family. The Province will identify the names of the selected Fitness Clubs on the B.C. Public Service Agency's employees' intranet site, which is accessible by its approximately 30,000 employees.

The Province may take large franchise operations with major coverage in B.C. into consideration, but also realizes there will likely be a role for smaller independent operators.

The Province expects to secure access to discounted Fitness Club Memberships by fall of 2007.

The intention is to establish a "Corporate Supply Arrangement" that will outline the fitness program and discount rates offered by the successful Respondents, and to provide this information to employees of the Province on the employees' intranet site. The decision whether to take advantage of the Corporate Supply Arrangement and sign a specific contract for services, or to use the services on an ad hoc basis (if that is available) will rest with the individual employee. Any contract or purchase of such services will be solely between the applicable employee and the Fitness Club. The Province will not be an actual or implied party to any such contractual relationship or purchase of services.

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The Purchasing Services Branch in the Ministry of Labour and Citizen Services is requesting information on the qualifications of interested parties that offer Fitness Club Memberships. This RFQ is intended to gather the necessary information to identify Fitness Clubs that will offer significant discounts for Fitness Club memberships to employees of the Government of the Province of B.C.

Background & Objectives
Combining the themes of ActNow B.C. and the anticipation of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the B.C. Province intends to introduce other health and fitness initiatives for its employees, such as access to discounted fitness memberships in communities across the province.

Overview
As an employer, the Government of the Province of British Columbia ("the Province") wishes to encourage its employees to become and remain physically fit. One of the ways to promote this goal will be to identify Fitness Clubs that are willing to offer discounted memberships, initially, in approximately 20 to 25 major communities in B.C. The scope of this RFQ will be limited to offering these discounted memberships to interested employees and their immediate family.

The Province, as an employer, will be responsible for selecting Fitness Clubs that can provide fitness facilities/programs and are willing to provide corporate or discounted rates for employees and their immediate family. The Province will identify the names of the selected Fitness Clubs on the B.C. Public Service Agency's employees' intranet site, which is accessible by its approximately 30,000 employees.

The Province may take large franchise operations with major coverage in B.C. into consideration, but also realizes there will likely be a role for smaller independent operators.

The Province expects to secure access to discounted Fitness Club Memberships by fall of 2007.

The intention is to establish a "Corporate Supply Arrangement" that will outline the fitness program and discount rates offered by the successful Respondents, and to provide this information to employees of the Province on the employees' intranet site. The decision whether to take advantage of the Corporate Supply Arrangement and sign a specific contract for services, or to use the services on an ad hoc basis (if that is available) will rest with the individual employee. Any contract or purchase of such services will be solely between the applicable employee and the Fitness Club. The Province will not be an actual or implied party to any such contractual relationship or purchase of services.

Basic Requirements
Fitness Clubs interested in offering physical fitness/health club memberships at a discounted price to employees of the Province and their families may reply to this offer in writing. Responses will be recorded in an effort to promote this "wellness" initiative. Fitness Clubs may be considered for a Corporate Supply Arrangement after this initial inquiry if they notify the Purchasing Services Branch of their offering, and if the Purchasing Services Branch considers that they meet the basic requirements of the program.

Project Time-Frames
The following schedule is presented for guidance:
* The preferred commencement date is September 2007.

Constraints
* The Province accepts no financial liability for agreements entered into between any of its employees and their immediate families and any Respondent who has entered into a Corporate Supply Arrangement.
* The Province provides no minimum guarantees of the number of employees who will take advantage of the service offering by any selected service provider.
* Any liability for injury or any other aspects of the services provided under a Corporate Supply Arrangement established under this RFQ will be a matter for resolution between the Respondent and the employee or their immediate family; the Province will accept no responsibility in this regard.

Province's Responsibilities
The Province will promote this initiative by providing employees with a list of successful Fitness Clubs on the B.C. Public Service Agency's intranet site, outlining services and facilities offered including discounted memberships, terms and conditions. Should any successful Fitness Club's wish to have confirmation that an employee wishing to take advantage of the discounted rates is, in fact, an employee of the Province, one of the following pieces of identification may at the discretion of the applicable employee be provided: a valid business card, pay stub, B.C. Government photo identification, or B.C. Government email address.

Assessment of Performance and Deliverables
The Province reserves the right to exclude and or remove any facility deemed at its sole discretion as being unsuitable for service offering. The Province may add additional Fitness Clubs to the established list at a later date.

3 Comments

So....can the Bid Req's for the apparatchik's dachas be far behind?

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... so ... the poor, starving, ill-paid MLAs won't make it through another winter without government protection from the brutal overlords of the Fitness Clubs. Jingle, jingle, contribute to the Care-of-Me-Plan, earn trinkets and privileges!

Gee, did I fall asleep and fall out of the top bunk of a barely moving CN train loaded with non-flammable gasoline or something?

My, that's a nice perk!

Is there some reason why the current fitness facilities within government aren't good enough? Could one of the reasons be that they close at 6.00pm?

Let's recap, the taxpayers are now paying for:

free meals
free gifts
free drinks
discounted fitness club memberships
student loan forgiveness
paid university and college courses

... and yet 'employee engagement' remains in the toilet and they still can't keep or attract staff? When did taxpayers agree to this level of excess?

This isn't much of a problem when you take the long term view - in about 5 years the public service will be gutted after all the people who are just waiting to retire have left. Problem solved.

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