Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

June 02, 2006 14:00 ET

Ontario Building Trades responds to Ontario-Quebec labour mobility

Agreement marks an opportunity for government to improve Ontario construction system Attention: Assignment Editor, Business/Financial Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - June 2, 2006) - The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario today responded to the signing of the construction labour mobility agreement between Ontario and Quebec.

"While we support the principle of freer access to work between the two provinces we hope this agreement also marks an opportunity for the Ontario government to improve our system similar to that in Quebec," said Patrick Dillon, Business Manager of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario. "Ontario can learn from the Quebec system which has many features that should be emulated here. I believe that would enhance mobility." Dillon also sits as a labour member on the Ontario-Quebec Construction Mobility Monitoring Body.

For over 25 years, inequities have existed between the construction industry systems in Quebec and Ontario thus affecting mobility between the two provinces. The Quebec system is much stronger in protecting workers and fighting the underground economy. Among the differences between Ontario and Quebec are:

* mandatory registration of contractors and workers (limiting underground economic activity)
* mandatory health and safety training, and
* most trades are regulated (i.e. you must have a license to work in a particular trade).

Ontario does not have similar requirements and has very few regulated (compulsory) construction trades.

"The Ontario Government has to do more to support legitimate contractors and workers in Ontario's construction industry. We must expand the number of compulsory construction trades and begin a focused attack on the underground economy. Hopefully, today's agreement will give the Ontario government the motivation to address these issues," said Dillon

The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario is an umbrella organization that represents unionized construction workers across Ontario.
/For further information: Patrick J. Dillon, Business Manager 416-828-6617/ IN: ECONOMY, LABOUR, POLITICS

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