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The Building Meaning Project Paper and Recommendations

A social bias against employment in the skilled trades exists in this country. This culminating document of the Building Meaning project includes the Building Meaning in the Skilled Trades background paper, and our final series of recommendations for industry and labour stakeholders; educational institutions; governments; and researchers.

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...

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...

Tuning Up Ontario's Economic Engine: A Cardus Construction Competitiveness Monitor Brief

Toronto rightly calls itself the economic engine of Ontario. But Toronto's performance is hampered by legislation which prevents it from getting the best value for its construction projects. Why? One of the reasons can be found in a 2008 Toronto city staff report which studied the cost implications of closed-tendering in Toronto. This paper reviews...