Editor’s note: The Ontario “College” of Trades (OCOT) is already forcing electricians, plumbers, sheet metal workers and HVAC contractors to pay $135.60 a year to keep their already-earned-and-paid-for Certificates of Qualification. (They will take your CofQ away if you refuse to pay up.) Now, the “College” wants to force carpenters to help fund their “enforcement” activities, too. Or goodbye to your carpentry papers, if you don’t write this annual extra cheque.
We’ve had literally hundreds of angry texts, comments and emails from readers about the OCOT. Here’s a good one from Marv Shupp, Mount Brydges, ON…
“It is absolutely unbelievable to me that our provincial government has nothing better to do with its time than to harass honest hardworking, TAXPAYING trades people. I am a self-employed carpenter and I am actually licensed. There are not many of us around. I have had my own business for 23 years and I guess that qualifies me as reasonably successful.
I work every day with very highly skilled people in the construction industry who are not licensed who are as highly skilled, if not more so than I am, including my own employee whose skill level in the cabinet making industry is at a level few will ever reach. He’s not licensed. Any company in the industry would love to have an employee with his skills, licensed or not.
A person achieves skill in a trade through hard work and years of experience, not through a “college” that teaches absolutely nothing. Who will certify the unlicensed trades people in question? Who will train the new people coming into the trade when so few are apparently qualified to do so? The government? The unions? The College of Trades is nothing more than another “revenue tool” that the current provincial government has come up with to fund their ever increasing spending habits and to control yet another area of our increasingly regulated lives. It will do nothing but punish the legitimate trades people and swell the numbers of those working in the underground economy, just like the mandatory WSIB regulations have done.
Yell, scream, call your MPP, call your local media outlets! Let people know about this unfair, unnecessary intrusion into how we earn our living in an already over regulated industry. Let’s stand up and be heard.”
Mount Brydges, ON