Stop the Trades Tax Campaign Supports MPP Dunlop's No New Tax for
TORONTO, Oct. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Over 8,000 small, medium and large
business owners across Ontario are welcoming Simcoe North MPP Garfield
Dunlop's move today to keep skilled-trades employers exempt from paying
the government's job-killing trades tax.
Today, MPP Garfield Dunlop, the PC Critic for Skilled Trades and
Apprenticeship Reform, introduced No New Tax for Businesses Act, 2013. The Private Member's Bill would eliminate sections 7 and 3.36 in the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009. This would exempt employers from having to join the College of Trades
and pay the trades tax. If these changes are not made, employers may be
forced to start paying the trades tax next year.
"We're calling on the government to do the right thing and permanently
exempt employers from paying millions in taxes to fund a bureaucracy
that no one needs," says Karen Renkema, Chair of the Stop The Trades
Tax Campaign. "Ontario has struggled for years to attract people to
skilled trades. A new government bureaucracy, combined with a new tax
on tradespeople and businesses, will only hurt job creation and
Currently Ontario employers have a time limited exemption from paying
the trades tax. The trades tax has already forced tradespeople to pay
600 per cent more and employers will be faced with a similar financial
burden if hit with this new tax.
"Ontario's skilled trades already adhere to well-established government
building codes, engineering standards, public health, safety and
environmental regulations. The College of Trades and its tax will only
create more red tape and bureaucracy for small businesses and
tradespeople," says Frank Notte, Director of Government Relations,
Trillium Automobile Dealers Association. "The Stop The Trades Tax
campaign would like to thank MPP Garfield Dunlop for his continued
support for tradespeople and efforts to stop the trades tax."
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 32
organizations, whose members represent over 130,000 skilled
tradespeople and over 8,000 businesses across Ontario. The campaign has
also launched a petition to Stop The Trades Tax, to date it has over
To learn more about the Stop The Trades Tax campaign visit: www.stopthetradestax.ca
SOURCE: Stop the Trades Tax
For further information:
Jessica Georgakopoulos, firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-994-7901
Karen Renkema, Stop The Trades Tax Campaign chair, email@example.com, 416-768-4848.