Tradespeople Try to Stop Rising Cost of Hair Cuts, Car Servicing &
Calling a Plumber or Electrician
BARRIE, ON, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - The Barrie Construction Association,
representing over 3,200 Barrie construction workers and 380 business
owners, has joined a campaign to stop the Ontario government from
implementing a tax on tradespeople across the province. The trades tax
will cost tradespeople and employers millions, kill jobs and drive up
the cost of construction.
"We've seen little or no evidence that the benefit of this certification
outweighs the considerable regulatory burden, increased cost of
construction and the added risk of driving work to the underground
economy," said Katherine Van Leeuwen, Vice President of the Barrie
Construction Association. "It will drive up construction costs in
Barrie, and drive people away from skilled trades. We joined the
campaign because we can't afford to let that happen."
The McGuinty government has announced that a multi-million dollar trades
tax will hit businesses and tradespeople in spring 2013. It will impact
all Ontario apprentices, journeypersons and their employers by forcing
them to pay membership fees to the Ontario College of Trades.
In response, the Stop The Trades Tax campaign was launched in 2011 and
has grown to 21 organizations whose members represent more than 5,400
small, medium and large Ontario businesses and 103,200 skilled
tradespeople across the province. The campaign is supported by
tradespeople and business owners who fix our cars and roads, cut our
hair, and build and renovate our homes and hospitals.
"The McGuinty government will use the trades tax to build another layer
of government bureaucracy that no one needs or wants," said Campaign
Chair Sean Reid. "We're encouraging tradespeople, their families and
friends to help us stop the trades tax by writing to their MPP and
signing our petition."
To learn more about the Campaign visit: www.stopthetradestax.ca
SOURCE: Ontario Construction Employers Coalition
For further information:
Danna O'Brien, email@example.com 416-500-0699
Sean Reid, Progressive Contractors Association of Canada and Campaign Chair, firstname.lastname@example.org 289-335-1181
Katherine Van Leeuwen, Barrie Construction Association, email@example.com, 705-828-2642