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TTC Now An Essential Service

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TTC Now An Essential Service

McGuinty Government Responds To Request From City Of Toronto

Ministry of Labour

Strikes and lockouts at the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) are now banned.

The Toronto Transit Commission Labour Disputes Resolution Act, 2011, was passed by the legislature today. It responds to a request from the Toronto City Council to designate the city's transit system an essential service.

The legislation provides for binding arbitration by a neutral third party when collective agreements cannot be reached through bargaining. The Act also calls for a review of the legislation after a five-year period.

Prior to passage, consultations were held between the Ministry of Labour, the City of Toronto, the TTC and all its bargaining agents.

Quick Facts

  • Toronto City Council passed a resolution on Dec. 16, 2010 to request provincial legislation to make the TTC an essential service.
  • About 1.5 million people ride the TTC every business day.
  • Legislation has been used five times since 1974 to end or prevent a TTC work stoppage.
  • The City of Toronto estimates that TTC work stoppages cost the economy $50 million a day.

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Charles Sousa

“This legislation recognizes the vital importance of the TTC to the hundreds of thousands of people who rely on the transit system to go to work, school, medical appointments, and shop. This act takes into account the health and safety of the millions of riders who use the TTC as well as the unique impact that transit service has on the city's economic well-being.”

Charles Sousa

Minister of Labour

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