The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario

March 26, 2009 21:46 ET

Ontario Budget: The Right Prescription for the Times

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 26, 2009) - The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario today announced its support for the strategic investments in infrastructure announced in today's Ontario Budget.

"Ontario needs strong infrastructure in order to compete in today's global economy," said Patrick Dillon, Business Manager and Secretary-Treasurer for the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario. "This unprecedented investment in our infrastructure will not only help Ontario's competitive position but it will create jobs and sustain employment in the construction industry."

The construction industry in Ontario is beginning to feel the effects of the global recession as manufacturing jobs disappear and the new housing sector grinds to a halt. Places like Windsor, Hamilton and certain parts of northern Ontario face high unemployment rates in the construction trades. As a result, the construction industry faces the challenge of renewing its workforce by attracting youth and under-employed workers to apprenticeship programs and retaining skilled journeypersons.

"The government is investing in our future at a time that the construction industry has the capacity to meet the demand," added Dillon. "The creation of these construction jobs will allow the industry to be better prepared when the economy turns around. There is no better time to make these kinds of investments."

The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario is an umbrella organization that represents over 100,000 unionized construction workers in Ontario.

Contact Information

  • The Provincial Building and Construction
    Trades Council of Ontario
    Patrick Dillon
    Business Manager and Secretary Treasurer
    416.347.8245