The Economic Club of Canada

The Economic Club of Canada

November 25, 2008 15:37 ET

Media Advisory: Ray Pennings to Address the Economic Club

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 25, 2008) - It seems that nobody in Ontario can talk these days about increasing competition in the province's labour markets without being castigated as anti-union. Other provinces-such as Alberta and British Columbia-have broadened their thinking in recent decades to encourage alternative labour models. These new models have resulted in more innovative and competitive labour markets which have lowered construction costs in these two provinces. Ontario has gone in the exact opposite direction with a craft-organized labour pool being the only resource available for major constructions projects which results in higher construction costs for infrastructure projects. As Ontario is proceeding with significant infrastructure investments, particularly in power generation, it's time for the province to look at a new approach. A "competitive labour pool" model, similar to those in effect in Alberta and British Columbia, creates fewer jurisdictional disputes, promotes local efficiency, and encourages innovation on a macro level. And, in this environment, unions can not only survive, they can thrive. Understanding and building on the value added by everyone at the table is essential for Ontario's economic future. This is an overdue discussion deserving pursuit-if anybody will pick up the hot potato.

WHO: Ray Pennings, Director of Research, Cardus

WHAT: Address to the Economic Club of Canada
"Why Is Construction In Ontario So Expensive?"

DATE: Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

TIME: 7:45 am - 9:00 pm

WHERE: Intercontinental Hotel 225 Front St.West

To confirm your attendance or for more information about the event, please

Rhiannon Traill
Global Manager of Operations
The Economic Club of Toronto
80 Richmond St. West, Suite 501
Toronto, ON M5H 2A4
Tel: 416.306.0899 Fax: 416.306.0898

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  • The Economic Club of Toronto
    Rhiannon Traill
    Global Manager of Operations
    (416) 306-0899
    (416) 306-0898 (FAX)