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Wilson Pleased to Support New Trades Legislation: Bill 118, No New Tax for Businesses Act

(October 29, 2013) Simcoe-Grey MPP Jim Wilson is pleased to support his colleague’s new trades legislation to allow trades employers to opt out of the newest Liberal bureaucracy—the Ontario Colleges of Trades—and paying the new Trades Tax. The new bill, the No New Tax for Businesses Act, 2013 was introduced by Simcoe-North MPP Garfield Dunlop last week.

“This new tax is costing employers and tradespersons millions of dollars to build yet another unaccountable layer of government bureaucracy that no one wants or needs,” said Wilson. “We can’t afford it, it’s not necessary, so why do we have it. It’s a job killer, plain and simple and I’m pleased to support legislation to stop it.”

The current Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act came into effect on April 8th, 2013 and gives the College of Trades the ability to charge businesses a fee because they employ skilled tradespersons. The PCs new legislation will exempt businesses from being forced to join the College of Trades and pay this punishing new tax.

“We should be encouraging people to work in skilled trades, not creating more obstacles,” said Wilson. “When Quebec adopted this model 52,000 people were put out of work and costs increased by 10.5 percent. We can’t allow this to happen in Ontario.”

Eric DenOuden, President of Ontario Home Builders’ Association shares Wilson’s concern. "OHBA has consistently been opposed to having employers pay a fee to be part of a self-governing trades' association. Just as school boards do not have to pay a fee to the College of Teachers and hospitals do not pay a fee to the College of Physicians and Surgeons, so construction firms should not have to pay for a College of Trades."

Karen Renkema, Chair of the Stop the Trades Tax Campaign has also spoken out against the new tax. “We’re calling on the Ontario government to do the right thing and permanently exempt employers from paying millions in taxes to fund a bureaucracy that no one needs. Ontario has struggled for years to attract people to skilled trades. A new government bureaucracy, combined with a new tax on trades people and businesses, will only hurt job creation and economic growth.”

Wilson has always been a strong advocate for the trades. In addition, to his efforts against the trades tax, he continues to push for apprenticeship reform and to modernize the journeyman-to-apprentice ratio from 3:1 to 1:1. To follow Wilson’s efforts please visit his website.

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