Today, the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario (PBCTCO) and the Construction Employers Coordinating Council of Ontario (CECCO) released the following statement on Minister McNaughton’s announcement he would be leaving his position as Minister of Labour:
“On behalf of the organized building and construction industry in the province of Ontario, we want to thank Minister McNaughton for his time as Minister of Labour. Over the past four years, Monte has been a partner in professionalizing the skilled trades and truly valuing the work of the women and men that build the necessary infrastructure to keep Ontario’s economy moving. He was a champion during the challenging times of the pandemic, to improving health and safety on job sites, to investing in the growth of the industry, Monte, your partnership was valued, appreciated and we wish you the best in your future endeavors.”
Marc Arsenault, Business Manager of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario
Wayne Peterson, Executive Director of the Construction Employers Coordinating Council of Ontario
During his time as Minister of Labour, Minister McNaughton was integral to making progressive change in the construction industry, including:
Strategize solutions to improve the building and construction industry and workers lives across the province;
Introduction of the Skills Development Fund that has changed the landscape and future for thousands of Ontarians to find their way into a great career in the skilled trades;
Ensuring skilled trades workers were able to continue working safely during the pandemic;
Recognizing the need to take action and ensure clean washrooms for women on construction sites;
From the Working for Workers plan, to raising the hourly minimum wage, to introducing protections to improve the rights of gig workers and other progressive workplace reforms.
“Minister McNaughton’s commitment to better understanding the building and construction industry, recognizing the value of the work the contractors and 150,000 members do to build this province, and his accessibility and willingness to come to mutually beneficial solutions has changed the industry for the better,” concluded Arsenault and Peterson.
The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario represents 150,000 trades workers throughout the province.
The Construction Employers Coordinating Council of Ontario (CECCO) that represents twenty-two trade employer bargaining agencies in the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) sector of the construction industry.
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