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What It Means

It will make life more expensive for all Ontarian’s. Costs for everything from getting a haircut to hiring a plumber to having your a car fixed will be more expensive.

This new bureaucracy will drive up costs for consumers for projects large and small, from new home and condo construction, to having a new road, hospital, school, or backyard deck built.

Ontario has struggled for years to attract people to skilled trades. This tax will cost tradespeople more to do their jobs and employers more to create jobs. By making job creation more expensive, it will drive people out of the trades and kill jobs.

What It Is

The Liberal Government has hit hardworking tradespeople with a trades tax that will cost them millions and millions of dollars.

Apprentices and journeypersons will see a hefty tax increase of 600% from new annual fees. The trades tax took effect on April 8th and costs tradespeople, like hairstylists, electricians and construction workers, between $60 and $120 per year, plus HST.

It’s a huge tax grab, with no clear benefit and no accountability. Tradespeople already pay for licenses and countless other fees to government. Now the Liberal government has them paying another tax to fund another government bureaucracy no one wants or needs.

TOP 10 REASONS TO AXE THE TAX

1

ONTARIO’S TRADES PEOPLE DON’T WANT IT.

When consulted about membership in the College, a whopping 88% of trades people and employers said they’re against it.

2

THE COLLEGE IS LOUSY AT MATH.

It's planning to hammer tradespeople and employers with an $84 million trades tax. And that's a conservative estimate. The College disputes the figure, yet their own website says it will cover 500,000 tradespeople at the proposed fee levels, making $84 million a very real figure. And it's hardworking tradespeople who will have to foot this bill.

3

IT MAKES NO SENSE.

The College wants to lump 157 different trades, from construction to service trades under one regulatory body. You tell us what meat cutters, welders, horse groomers and hot tub installers have in common?

4

THE DEATH OF THE HANDYMAN.

The College is fixing it so that your favorite local handyman won’t be able to build a deck, install new floor tiles and paint your kitchen. If the College gets its way, these jobs will all have to be performed by different compulsory trades. That means a different tradesperson would need to perform each job. […]

5

THE END OF STUDENT CONSTRUCTION JOBS.

The College wants to force more trades to become compulsory, which come with restrictive journeyperson/apprenticeship ratios. Getting summer jobs in construction will become much more difficult for students.

6

ONTARIO IS FOLLOWING IN QUEBEC’S FOOTSTEPS.

The College wants to regulate more trades, creating a system like Quebec’s heavily regulated construction industry. Just read the headlines and you’ll know how poorly that’s working out for Quebec.

7

TAXPAYERS AND THE ECONOMY WILL TAKE THE HIT.

The College wants to force more trades to become compulsory, which come with restrictive journeyperson/apprenticeship ratios. Getting summer jobs in construction will become much more difficult for students.

8

FORCING SMALL BUSINESS TRADESPEOPLE OUT OF WORK.

Ontario has thousands of small business people in the trades. Forcing trades like painting to become compulsory, means years of experience won’t count. Painters will have to go to school to certified, or shut down their business. What a choice!

9

NO TRANSPARENCY OR ACCOUNTABILITY.

Many trades already pay for licenses and countless other fees to government. We’re still waiting for the College to explain the benefit of $84 million in membership fees.

10

THE COST OF HOME RENOVATION BECOMES A COSTLY NIGHTMARE.

Imagine the cost of a kitchen renovation, when you have to hire one trade for painting, one for drywall, one for cabinet making, another for tiling, etc… Costs will balloon.