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Poll: Ontarians want secret ballot elections for unions, back allowing non-union companies to bid for government work.

Toronto—The overwhelming majority of Ontarians support requiring a secret ballot vote to form a union and allowing non-union construction companies to bid and work on government projects. These are two findings from a survey released today by Merit Ontario.

The survey found that nearly three quarters (73 per cent) of Ontarians think a secret ballot should be required for forming a union, and nearly half (48 per cent) strongly agree. A majority (67%) of Ontarians think that bidding and working on public works should not be restricted to companies with unionized employees. The messaging presented in favour of lowering mandatory apprenticeship ratios connected with respondents. 70% agreed that ratios should be lowered, this is even higher among PC voters (78%).

“It’s time to end the discrimination against non-union construction companies,” said Michael Gallardo, Merit Ontario Executive Director. “All we ask for is a level playing field. Denying competition drives up costs which are ultimately borne by taxpayers. It is patently unfair that only unionized companies should be allowed to bid and work on government projects.”

“The right to a secret ballot is sacrosanct in a democracy,” said Gallardo. “No worker—or any
Canadian—should ever be subjected to intimidation when casting a ballot.”

The survey showed extremely favourable views of the construction industry, in general. 87%-of respondents agreed that the construction industry is a very important source of good jobs and
economic growth.

The survey of 1,587 people in Ontario was conducted by One Persuasion Inc. between August 21 and 29, 2018. The margin of error is +/- 2.5%, nineteen times out of twenty.
Merit Ontario represents and supports the growth of open shop construction by encouraging sound business practices and ensuring a fair and competitive marketplace for construction in Ontario. For complete poll results go to


For more information, contact: Michael Gallardo