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Cardus Construction Competitiveness Monitor

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...

Cardus Case Study: Innovations in Mental Health Housing

Indwell is an Ontario organization that has worked for many years to establish effective and sustainable approaches to housing support for people suffering from mental illness. Cardus studied Indwell because they represent an organization that has found an innovative solution for a significant challenge: Indwell combines three primary elements to achieve...

Competition and Cooperation

This policy paper presents the case for a new framework of understanding labour relations in Canada. Taking insights which move debates about labour beyond the pendulum of pro-union and anti-union policies, it proposes a new policy within a new framework. This new framework limits the state; removes anti-competitive legislation that favour one means...

Hiding in Plain Sight: Evaluating Closed Tendering in Construction Markets

Ontario is faced with huge deficits and a debt that will hamper the province’s long-term economic prospects. In the face of this dire situation, Ontario’s government is turning over stones to find savings for the provincial budget. While many will focus on the need to make cuts in order to achieve this goal, there is a way to achieve significant...