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King-Victoria Transit Hub
Province to change municipal tendering rules  

Quote:Proposed legislation unveiled Thursday by the Ontario government could change the way contractors bid on municipal, hospital, school board and post-secondary infrastructure projects.

If passed, the amendments to the Labour Relations Act would explicitly define these public institutions as "nonconstruction employers" — a move the provincial government says will "increase competitiveness for broader public-sector construction projects" by ensuring bidding is open to non-unionized contractors.

The amendment is one of 32 proposed changes under the Progressive Conservative government's Restoring Ontario's Competitiveness Act, and closely mirrors an unsuccessful private member's bill put forth by former Kitchener-Conestoga PC MPP Michael Harris in 2013.

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If I'm understanding this correctly, would this not help the hub project?
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It would, but there are a plethora of other provisions in the act that would dramatically reduce safeguards and regulations required on new construction.

So who's to say if it's helpful in the interim. Long term, I believe we'll be worse off.
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I don't think the union labour requirement was the critical issue here.

And does this actually affect regional projects, or only municipal ones?
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(12-07-2018, 11:08 AM)tomh009 Wrote: I don't think the union labour requirement was the critical issue here.

And does this actually affect regional projects, or only municipal ones?

I would think they're both lumped in together, but that's a good question.
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(12-07-2018, 11:08 AM)tomh009 Wrote: I don't think the union labour requirement was the critical issue here.

And does this actually affect regional projects, or only municipal ones?

I would have thought both, since the Region is a municipality, is it not?
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(12-07-2018, 09:59 AM)Spokes Wrote: If I'm understanding this correctly, would this not help the hub project?

Yeah, definitely. One of the requirements of the hub project was all bidders being registered with the union, which represented a massive restriction on who could bid. This should open it up significantly when the region tries the bidding process again.

(12-07-2018, 10:53 AM)timio Wrote: It would, but there are a plethora of other provisions in the act that would dramatically reduce safeguards and regulations required on new construction.

So who's to say if it's helpful in the interim.  Long term, I believe we'll be worse off.

I'm not a fan of the bill on the whole, or just about anything the Ford government does, but I think this particular change is excellent and long overdue. Two employees building a shed on a Saturday got the entire region designated a construction employer, requiring every single regional project since 2012 (including the LRT) to not just have to hire unionized construction workers, but workers under one specific union. A study showed it shut out 84% of firms that previously would have bid on regional projects. Regardless of what one generally thinks of unions, it's clearly an insane result for two workers building a shed.

(12-07-2018, 02:29 PM)panamaniac Wrote:
(12-07-2018, 11:08 AM)tomh009 Wrote: I don't think the union labour requirement was the critical issue here.

And does this actually affect regional projects, or only municipal ones?

I would have thought both, since the Region is a municipality, is it not?

Yes, the region is a municipality. They're already in the news saying it will affect them https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/kitchener...-1.4936608
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