Information for tradespeople
Members of the Stop The Trades Tax campaign employ more than 130,000 skilled tradespeople across Ontario. This grassroots campaign is to urge the Ontario government to shut down its costly bureaucracy and stop the trades tax.
Why the Liberal Government must be abolish its newest bureaucracy
Apprentices and journeypersons are being faced with a hefty tax increase of 600% from new annual fees. It’s a huge tax grab, with no clear benefit and no accountability.
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.
How this affects you
- Each apprentice, journeyperson and employer would have to pay hundreds of dollars in new annual fees
- Compulsory certification of trades such as painting, drywalling and carpentry means despite years of experience, many will be forced into the classroom
- It will cost tradespeople more to do their jobs, employers more to create jobs and consumers more for everything from a haircut to hiring a plumber.
What you can do about it