We at Canadian Contractor believe the Ontario College of Trades offers precious little value to residential contractors and homebuilders for the $120 annual fee, beyond being able to see your name shining out “In Good Standing” on the College’s website.
But Jeff Koller, Industry Compliance Offer (and a frequent spokesperson) for the Ontario Construction Finishing Industries Alliance (OCFIA), has a different opinion. He likes the Ontario College of Trades, because it will, he says, help – at least in part – to crack down on the underground economy in Ontario, which is costing governments vast amounts of money – and creating unfair under-the-table competition for legitimate tradespeople.
Steve Payne, editor of Canadian Contractor, interviewed Mr. Koller at our Don Mills offices.
The OCFIA is an “alliance” between a major painters’ union (the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades) and employers in that sector of the construction industry.
To get in touch with Mr. Koller, please email him at firstname.lastname@example.org