Our cities are where we build our lives. We build them up and out, expanding to welcome more people. As our cities grow over time, we need more to accommodate everyone. Imagine if our dollars could go further, and we could build more in our cities. Just imagine what we could do.
Toronto has an opportunity to save taxpayers millions of dollars that could be invested in vital infrastructure like subways or public services like childcare. In April, the Ontario government passed Bill 66, “Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act”. Bill 66 gives municipalities the power to work with any qualified construction contractor they deem most fit, driving down costs by breaking apart union monopolies and increasing competition.
When qualified companies can compete for municipal construction work alongside Building Trade Unions, the estimated savings range from 8 to 15 per cent to as high as 30 to 40 per cent.
Even at 8 to 15 per cent savings, the City of Toronto and Toronto Community Housing would save anywhere from $48 million to $90 million on as low as a $600 million annual infrastructure budget, as referenced in Toronto city staff’s report.
City of Toronto staff have recommended that City Council embrace this once in a lifetime opportunity to save millions of taxpayer dollars. PCA supports this recommendation and encourages Toronto City Council to imagine what the city could do with millions of extra dollars – more public transit, more services, more community housing.
City Manager (Toronto): Schedule 9, Changes to the Labour Relations Act, 1995 – Restoring Ontario’s Competitiveness Act, 2019
Toronto has until July 3, 2019 to either accept competitive bidding on construction contracts for the city or keep the union monopoly status quo – if they keep the current arrangement, they will leave millions of dollars on the table.
Every other Ontario municipality is likely to embrace more competition, but Toronto City Council has yet to decide.
As campaign founder, PCA is imploring city council to accept competition for construction work and choose to save millions for taxpayers.