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Cardus Construction Competitiveness Brief

Region of Waterloo

February 20, 2013

Brian Dijkema

Work & Economics

Policy Brief

A potential labour monopoly could increase costs by up to 40 percent on over a 100 million dollars worth of work in the Region of Waterloo, says a brief released by Hamilton based think-tank Cardus. The paper estimates

  • A successful application in the Region of Waterloo could increase construction costs by up to 78 million dollars for 553,000 taxpayers in the Region of Waterloo
  • 28 percent of Ontario taxpayers are affected by municipal labour monopolies in construction
  • Labour monopolies affect almost a billion dollars worth of construction work in Ontario municipalities

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