A Sault Ste. Marie city councilor is thrilled the provincial government has introduced a piece of legislation that is designed to cut red tape and eliminates regulations on businesses.
Ward 3 councilor Matthew Shoemaker points to a specific change in the Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act that he says will benefit our municipality when it comes to tendering construction projects.
The legislation amends the Labour Relations Act to designate public bodies as non-construction employers.
Shoemakers says since 1987, our city has been deemed a construction employer which has meant two provincial unions have had a monopoly on City work to the exclusion of all other local businesses, whether unionized or non-unionized.
He says the move would save municipalities up to 30% on every infrastructure project they undertake.