Ensuring Competitiveness and Accountability with OntarioBuys

Issue The OntarioBuys program is a provincially-funded shared-service organization (SSO) and an example of this problem. Under its organizational sphere, SSOs have developed RFP procurement processes that include stipulations which reduce the competitiveness of small and medium sized business in bidding on provincial contracts. Of the many SSOs, the Ontario Education Collaborative Marketplace (OECM) is…

Fixing the WSIB

Issue The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) has become a vast provincial government bureaucracy that is quickly becoming a danger to the Ontario government, taxpayers, businesses and insured workers. In fact, over the course of the last 25 years, the WSIB have had significant challenges fulfilling its obligations. Background In the 2009-2010 Annual Report…

Highway 69

Background In 1998 the Council of Ministers Responsible for Transportation and Highway Safety identified that investments in highways can generate productivity growth, play a critical role in regional development and generate a more efficient economic structure including improvement to the nation’s trade. In particular, studies have determined that highways have at least two important impacts…

Far North Act

The Far North Act was identified by the board as an issue during an annual retreat in the fall of 2010. A task force was struck in March 2011 and continues to examine how the legislation will impact business and the potential opportunities it may hold. Far North Act Task Force Members: Gary Potts –…