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Contractor says Ontario College of Trades the last straw: “Guess I’ll… get out of business.”

The following post, from contractor Greg Paterson, is a gem. He points out that the Ontario College of Trades is the SIXTH “regulatory” hand in his pocket as he tries to run his business.


The government wants to know WHY the underground economy is alive ?
I currently pay, to run my one house-service business, the following fees:

– Refrigeration & A /C license
– Gas fitter 1 license
– TSSA ( which by the way send no info except to explain a fee increase or
audit )
– liability insurance ( based on gross sales – what a joke! )
– now Ontario College of Trades fee
– also WSIB effective Jan 2013 ( holy cow this could turn into an annuity for
those of us in our later years w/ pain from working in the trade )
I’m fed up ! Guess I”ll back off, get out of Bus and live simple, that should rely
stimulate the economy and educate our youth ………. I’ve had it !!!

- Posted by Greg Paterson

Posted by
Steve Payne is the editor of Canadian Contractor magazine
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  1. Hello,

    What a sad state of affairs and a waste of money.
    Any professional who has served their time/apprenticeship to become a certified and qualified skilled tradesman should never ever have to pay again to retain his or her position. This is nothing short of theft. I hold an automotive technician license and the same thing goes by having to renew it every three years. Its just expensive office staff that operates out of luxurious climate controlled office buildings (most have never lifted a wrench or screwdriver) yet they know how to screw us. It is very depressing and shameful that we are antagonized into having these hateful thoughts against people we have never met other than the nasty mail they send to us. Imagine if we don’t pay them we are not fit to be in the trade and we are just bad people. Why don’t they go out and get a real job, of coarse they would have to serve an apprenticeship and skin a few knuckles. They are just predators. Good for you guys and give them the boot.


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