Construction Industry Legislation

Government sponsored construction activity is a major influence on the shape of Saskatchewan’s construction industry. Legislation governing the industry has been one of the defining differences between the governing political parties in Saskatchewan.

In the 1990’s the NDP Government brought in new legislation governing Crown Tendering and the labour/management relationship in the Building Trades.

CLR (Construction Labour Relations) was created to act as the representative employer organization for unionized contractors. Previously the Saskatchewan Construction Association both promoted the non-unionized construction industry and acted as the bargaining agent for unionized contractors.

The Building Trades and CLR created CODC (Construction Opportunities Development Council) to help improve the union management relationship.

This has produced a positive influence within the unionized construction sector. Through CODC the industry has developed and embarked on a number of worthwhile projects. These are long-term ventures and the results are still in the making.