Québec construction industry reviewing proposed Bill 51
February 7, 2024 | By Luc Boily
The Bill aims to modernize the provincial construction industry by amending the Labour Relations Act, vocational training and workforce management.
Bill 51, a law aimed at modernizing the construction industry was tabled on February 1 in the National Assembly of Québec by Jean Boulet, Labour Minister, and it has already received public responses from many professional stakeholders.
In a nutshell, the Bill aims to improve the province’s construction industry by amending the Labour Relations Act, vocational training and workforce management in the construction industry, commonly known as Law R-20, which is under the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ ) guidance.
The Bill is based on three main axes: productivity; access and inclusion; as well as governance and negotiation.
In a press release, the Corporation des maîtres mécaniciens et tuyauterie du Québec (CMMTQ) stated that it was currently analyzing the Bill thoroughly, in order to take a stance and better inform its members.
For its part, the Association des professionnels de la construction et de l’habitation du Québec (APCHQ) quickly expressed its disappointment, concerned about the little assistance the Bill is providing to residential contractors who must deal with a difficult context in the midst of a chronic housing crisis.