The Case for a Stronger Fair Wage Policy in Ontario
The Case for a Stronger Fair Wage Policy in Ontario, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, May 8, 2014.
In this report prepared for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, Josh Mandryk analyzes Ontario’s fair wage policy and makes recommendations for its modernization.
This report analyzes Ontario’s fair wage policy, which has not been modernized since it was introduced in 1995. It draws from a broad range of examples to show how a modernized fair wage policy can be a critical link to bring construction tendering policy in line with government policy objectives pertaining to skills training and apprenticeships, improved health and safety outcomes, and tackling the underground economy in construction. It could strengthen Ontario’s apprenticeship system, it could improve health and safety outcomes, it could help tackle the underground economy in Ontario’s construction industry, and it could improve workers’ pay and benefits.