Bill 66 Amendments
In December, the Ford Government tabled Bill 66, which, if passed, would expand the definition of “non-construction employer".
This would amend the Labour Relations Act, 1995 to deem municipalities and certain local boards, school boards, hospitals, colleges, universities, and public bodies to be non-construction employers, thus ending construction trade unions’ representation of employees with respect to these employers, and terminating the operation of any collective agreement to which any of these types of employers are a party, insofar as it applies to the construction industry.
On Monday, March 21, in the Standing Committee on General Government, Bill 66 was amended. The amendment changes the language in schedule 9 from “Municipalities and certain local boards, school boards, hospitals, colleges, universities, and public bodies” to “Municipalities and certain other entities to be non-construction employers.” The amendments provide a procedure for certain existing entities to opt out of the application of these new rules.