Stop The Trades Tax Campaign Keeps Rolling With Another New Member

The Campaign gets 40th member with the Ontario Motor Coach Association joining the fight to stop the trades tax

TORONTO, March 31, 2014 /CNW/ - The campaign to stop the trades tax grew again today with the Ontario Motor Coach Association joining the fight against the job-killing trades tax.

"Our industry is facing a real shortage of trained mechanics and we're extremely concerned that this new tax and the bureaucracy associated with the new system are only going to serve to discourage young people from becoming mechanics" said Doug Switzer, President and CEO of the Ontario Motor Coach Association. "More red tape and higher taxation isn't helping, it's only serving to make a job in the trades a less attractive career choice."

Switzer went on to say, "Above all, we're concerned that the College of Trades and the Ontario government have yet to explain what mechanics will get in return for this multi-million dollar tax grab. Our Association has joined the Stop The Trades Tax campaign to help convince the government to abolish the Trades Tax."

The Ontario Motor Coach Association joining the Stop The Trades Tax campaign brings the organization to 40 members who employ over 195,000 skilled tradespeople and include over 8,000 businesses across Ontario.

"The Stop the Trades Tax Campaign continues to grow each week as more and more tradespeople are joining together to call on the Government to put an end to its trades tax and College of Trades," said Karen Renkema, Chair of the Stop The Trades Tax Campaign. "The College and its trades tax are increasing barriers to hiring new tradespeople and increasing operating costs for businesses, which is quite simply resulting in fewer jobs. Businesses are struggling because they are being strangled by red tape and burdened by the policies of the College of Trades."

About the Campaign:
The Stop The Trades Tax campaign was launched in 2011 to stop the Ontario government from imposing a new, multi-million dollar trades tax on tradespeople and employers. The campaign has grown to 40 organizations, whose members represent over 195,000 skilled tradespeople and over 8,000 businesses across Ontario. For more information please visit www.stopthetradestax.ca

SOURCE Stop the Trades Tax

For further information: Jessica Georgakopoulos, jessica@teamplaybook.ca, 416-994-7901; Karen Renkema, Stop The Trades Tax Campaign chair, krenkema@pcac.ca, 416-768-4848.