Ontario fires back at NYS for Buy American law

Apr 2, 2018

The Ontario government is pushing back against New York State's Buy American law by limiting public sector procurement with suppliers in the state.

A new regulation that took effect Sunday restricts government contracts with New York State suppliers, specifically when it comes to the use of structural iron. In a statement Monday, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said the move is a response to legislation that took effect in New York State this weekend, requiring the use of American-made iron in certain government road and bridge construction projects.

Wynne said Ontario's regulation is meant to level the playing field and will immediately be repealed if New York State abandons its Buy American restrictions.

Last month, Ontario legislators passed a law allowing the province to retaliate against any state that adopts Buy American provisions, calling it a necessary protection for the province's workers and businesses. The opposition parties have panned the move as a reckless and desperate attempt to shore up votes ahead of the spring election.