CLAC and PCA Make Open Construction Tendering a Priority Election Issue
Waterloo region candidates indicate support for legislative change to close loophole
Waterloo, ON—CLAC and the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada (PCA) have succeeded in pushing fair and open construction tendering as a key election issue in the Region of Waterloo in the final stretch before Ontario voters go to the polls on June 7.
“Restricted tendering is not in the public interest,” says Ian DeWaard, CLAC Ontario director. “Candidates who help form the next government have an opportunity to fix Ontario’s outdated labour laws so that qualified local companies and workers can compete and work on local projects. It’s the right thing to do.”
Many of the local candidates who took part in a series of election forums sponsored by CLAC and hosted by the Greater Kitchener Waterloo Chamber of Commerce last week have indicated their support for legislative change and closing the loophole, which could save tax taxpayers as much as 20 to 30 percent on construction projects.
“We’re delighted that businesses in the region have joined us in pressing for legislative change, says Karen Renkema, of PCA. “Opening up construction tendering saves tax dollars and maximizes infrastructure investments. This issue deserves to be front and centre this election.”