Stop the Trades Tax Coalition says certifying Ontario carpenters will kill jobs
The Ontario College of Trades is trying to create a deliberate shortage of certified carpenters, its critics say, by forcing carpenters to join its organization
By Steve Payne
Editor’s Note: Here’s a press release from the most vocal opponents of the Ontario College of Trades, the Stop the Trades Tax Coalition. For more information on the Coalition, click here.
Toronto (March 11, 2014) – In response to the Liberal Government’s move to make carpentry a compulsory certified trade, Karen Renkema, Chair of the Stop The Trades Tax Campaign, issued the following statement:
“By forcing this onerous, bureaucratic licensing process on carpenters, the Liberal government is killing jobs for tens of thousands of workers who are currently employed in the trades, and swinging a hammer as part of their work. Framers, trim carpenters, home renovators and many more hardworking Ontarians who work in construction every day are going to be forced out of their jobs if this certification goes through.
“Rather than strengthening employment opportunities and promoting careers in the trades, the Liberal government is making the process to gain employment (or continue working) more onerous and affecting the livelihood of tens of thousands of Ontarians. Unfortunately, despite clear objections from tradespeople the Liberal government says they won’t even let an election hold up this industry-altering change.”
“We need to grow jobs and create opportunities for young people and make skilled trades more attractive and accessible. Ontario will be facing a shortage of workers in construction and rather than helping the industry to address this labour crisis, the Liberal government is more interested in placing barriers on job creation.”
“There is no reason for carpentry to require compulsory certification. We are mystified why the Government is supporting a measure that will kill jobs in our great province. This is an anti-worker proposal with its only interest in creating an artificial shortage of workers for the construction industry. It is time for this government to once and for all to stand up for hardworking tradespeople, preserve their jobs and livelihoods and say no to compulsory certification of carpenters.”