This Tuesday, Dec. 11, there will be a “Show of Force” press conference at 11am at Queens Park, urging the Liberal government to stop the Ontario College of Trades “trades tax.” You, the contractor, is invited to attend, to show your opposition to the College. (The event is taking place in the Media Studio, West Wing, Queen’s Park, Ontario Legislature, Toronto. You may be required to show ID upon entering.)
The Show of Force is part of a campaign organized by the Ontario Construction Employers Coalition, which opposes the College’s compulsory $120 annual fees, which it has said it will begin to collect early in 2013.
The Coalition will announce 7 new members on Tuesday. The campaign to stop the trades tax has now grown to 31 associations representing more than 7,500 employers and 127,000 tradespeople.
On Tuesday, the Coalition will urge MPPs to sign a pledge to stop the trades tax, as it works to make this a central issue in the liberal leadership campaign.
The campaign has also grown beyond construction trades, and now includes tradespeople from hairdressers to auto mechanics who’ve signed a petition to stop the trades tax. For more information go to: http://www.stopthetradestax.ca/ <http://www.stopthetradestax.ca/>. The Canadian Association of Renovators and Home Services (CARAHS) has now joined the Coalition.
There’s a gathering list of organizations against this new tax, including the likes of: Residential Construction Council of Ontario (RESCON) Durham Regional Home Builders Association, Greater Toronto Sewer & Watermain Contractors Association, Merit Openshop Contractorss Association, of Ontario, Ottawa Construction Association See who else is in the coalition against the Ontario College of Trades
Critics say this newly created College of Trades must be abolished, as it will hammer hardworking tradespeople with membership fees that will add up to $84 million a year. It’s a huge tax grab, with no clear benefit and no accountability.
Despite what the college says this is not a membership fee. With a membership people have a choice. This tax isn’t a choice. If tradepeople want to continue to do the job they love, and put food on the table at home, they have to pay this tax. In fact, many already pay for licenses and countless other fees to government. This would be millions of added costs forced on tradespeople to support a new government bureaucracy with no benefit to Ontario tradespeople or the economy.
CARAHS is a non profit Occupational Health & Safety Association delivering education, training & benefits to self employed contractors, renovators, builders & trades
Toll Free 1-866-366-2930
Visit at www.carahs.org