The Fair and Open Tendering Act ensures fairness and fiscal
TORONTO, May 16, 2013 /CNW/ - The Progressive Contractors Association of
Canada (PCA) and the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC) were
in Toronto today to support the introduction of Private Members
Legislation to stop closed tendering of construction projects in
municipalities and school boards in Ontario.
"We are calling on all MPPs in Ontario to put the interests of the
public first and to pass this important piece of Legislation," said Ian
DeWaard, Regional Director for the CLAC. "Publically funded
infrastructure projects should be open to all Ontarians regardless of
union affiliation - it is a matter of fairness"
Competition is restricted in certain cities and school boards across the
province including Toronto, Sault Ste Marie, Hamilton and the Greater
Essex County School Board. There is also an ongoing battle in the
Regional Municipality of Waterloo to close tendering there. In most
cases, closed tendering restrictions have been forced upon public
employers as a result of a loophole in the Labour Relations Act. This loophole defines these public employers as construction
employers and only allows them to tender key taxpayer funded projects
to select unionized contractors and their workers. This restricts over
70 percent of contractors and workers from participating on major
public construction projects and can drive up the cost of these
projects by 40 percent.
"My business specializes in water and waste water construction for
municipalities and we are currently shut out from participating on
projects in areas where there are labour monopolies," said Scott
Taylor, President of Stone Town Construction Limited. "If passed this
legislation will ensure that my company can openly and fairly compete
for taxpayer funded projects throughout Ontario."
The Fair and Open Tendering Act was introduced today by Kitchener-Conestoga MPP Michael Harris. MPP
Harris has been working actively with PCA and CLAC on a legislative
solution to this issue since he became aware of a construction
certification application in the Region of Waterloo back in December.
PCA can CLAC have also been working with the Liberal Government on this
matter and hope to have their support for this Bill.
"Shutting out competitors for large, publically funded infrastructure
projects leads to increased costs," said Sean Reid, Director, Federal
and Ontario for the PCA. "We are pleased that MPP Harris has put
forward this fair proposal to close an expensive legislative loophole."
The PCA is the voice of progressive unionized employers in Canada's
construction industry. For more information visit www.pcac.ca.
CLAC is an independent Canadian labour union representing over 55,000
workers in a wide range of sectors. For more information visit www.clac.ca.
SOURCE: Progressive Contractors Association of Canada
For further information:
Ian DeWaard, CLAC, Regional Director, 519-653-3002 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Julie Garner, Garner Solutions, 519-222-8520 or email@example.com