KITCHENER-WATERLOO, ON, Dec. 6, 2017 /CNW/ - The Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA) is urging elected officials in the Region of Waterloo to halt the unnecessary extension of closed tendering practices into local civil construction projects.
"Our local contractors are being shut out of projects in the Region of Waterloo even though that work falls outside the scope of the Region's certification with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America," said Giovanni Cautillo, Executive Director of the OSWCA. "Local elected officials should be pushing back and providing leadership on this issue, rather than allowing it to go on."
The OSWCA joined a special luncheon that brought together the Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge and Hamilton Chambers of Commerce to review the impact of restricted construction tendering in Hamilton and Waterloo Region.
"Tendering restrictions are now being applied to civil construction projects, which was never the original intent," added Cautillo. "Our concern is that sewer and watermain contractors, who have been successfully performing this work for decades, won't be allowed to keep working on Region of Waterloo projects unless elected officials step up and address this issue. The question is, why aren't they?"
The Ontario Sewer & Watermain Construction Association (OSWCA) fosters health and safety, professionalism, ethical processes, sound infrastructure investments, good governance and fiscal responsibility on behalf of Ontario's sewer and watermain construction industry.
SOURCE Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association
For further information: Patrick McManus, Stakeholder Relations Manager, OSWCA, [email protected] or 905-629-7766 ext. 222