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Cardus Construction Competitiveness Monitor

Ontario Municipal Construction Markets

October 25, 2012

Brian Dijkema

Work & Economics

Research Report

Labour monopolies increase costs by up to 40 percent on nearly a billion dollars worth of Ontario construction projects, says a paper released by Hamilton based think-tank Cardus. The paper estimates,

  • 25 percent of Ontario taxpayers are affected by municipal labour monopolies in construction
  • Labour monopolies affect over 750 million dollars worth of construction work in Ontario municipalities
  • The City of Toronto alone could save almost 60 million dollars using open tendering practices

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