Written by Steve Payne – Editor Canadian Contractor Magazine
Another construction association has joined the public lobby against the Ontario College of Trades, which is preparing to soon bill hundreds of thousands of trade’s people for mandatory annual fees that will range from $50 to $100 for apprentices, to $100 to $200 for journeypersons, and up to $600 for “employers.”
Opponents have called the College “McGuinty’s Trades Tax.”
In a press release this morning, the National Capital Heavy Construction Association (NCHCA) joined the Ontario Construction Employers Coalition in their campaign to urge the McGuinty government to shut down the College.
“The way the College of Trades is going, we’re headed for stifling Quebec-style regulation,” said Marty White, President of the NCHCA, and Chief Estimator at Taggart Construction Limited, the largest infrastructure company of its kind in Eastern Ontario. “More regulation will drive down productivity, raise construction costs, and encourage the underground economy. You only have to read the headlines to see the Quebec model has disaster written all over it.”
The NCHCA quoted Quebec economist Pierre Fortin, who estimates that the Quebec model results in a 10.5 per cent increase in overall building costs, translating into an annual tab of $3.4 billion and the loss of 52,000 jobs.
The NCHCA is the 18th construction group to join the Coalition against the Ontario College of Trades and its proposed fees.
CARAHS has an open discussion with Ron Johnson, Deputy Director for the Ontario College of Trades on Thursday October 18th 2012 at the Canadian Contractor Magazine in Toronto. Everyone’s welcome. Come along and voice your opinion.
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