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The Merit OpenShop Contractors Association is a member driven organization representing Ontario’s open shop construction sector. We advocate and support sound legislation and regulation which is fair to both employers and employees in the areas on labour relations, apprenticeship training, worker’s compensation, and safety.
Founded in 1990 as the United Independent Contractors’ Group of Ontario (ICG), the organization began as a leading voice for fairness and transparency in construction.Governance Vision History
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Overwhelming Majority of Ontarians Support Secret Ballot Votes when Joining a Union Ottawa, Ontario - Merit Ontario released a poll today showing an overwhelming majority of Ontarians (72%) support having a secret ballot vote when joining or decertifying a union. Merit Ontario believes a secret ballot is one of the fundamental pillars ...Read more
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ottawa, Ontario - Merit Ontario launched a campaign to ensure all Canadian taxpayers receive the best value for taxpayers while renovating the historical Parliamentary Precinct after documents came to light showing that local contractors were barred from bidding on the project. ““We are all in this together. It is an extremely difficult ...Read more
Summer is almost here and that means Merit's Annual Open Shop Golf Tournament is just around the corner. The tournament is slated for Thursday, June 18th at Piper's Heath Golf Club and we want to see you and your company there! Where: Piper's Heath Golf Club 5501 Trafalgar Road Milton, ON L9E 0Z5 When: Thursday, ...Read more
City of Toronto the main holdout to adopt rules that would allow all construction companies the opportunity to bid on public infrastructure.Read more
TORONTO—A lawsuit was filed today against the City of Toronto by CLAC, supported by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation,
the Progressive Contractors Association of Canada, and Merit Open Shop Contractors Association.
April 2, Toronto - Merit Ontario today welcomed the passage of Bill 66 which contains provisions to allow all qualified contractors and workers to bid on public infrastructure in Ontario. “This legislation will save taxpayers millions of dollars by increasing competition and lowering prices for public construction projects in Ontario.” said Michael Gallardo, Executive Director ...Read more