TORONTO — Ontario Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development Monte McNaughton is in discussions with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) on the UBC’s campaign to stop construction industry tax fraud.
A March 29 release indicated the minister and UBC leadership have discussed a partnership to further the UBC fraud campaign as well as health and safety and training issues.
A study released by Prism Economics and Analysis in May 2019 found that only 22 per cent of independent operators are registered with the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). Close to 84,000 independent operators are not paying WSIB premiums.
Overall, estimates of revenue losses to the WSIB ranged between $308 million and $340 million annually during the 2013-2017 period.
“Underground practices in the construction industry result in revenue losses to governments and government agencies which affect the WSIB. Everyone needs to pay their fair share and contribute to the WSIB,” stated Duncan McIntosh, Millwright Regional Council of Ontario (MRCO) director of communications, in a statement.
The MRCO said McNaughton is working towards improving WSIB legislation that will help clamp down on the underground economy. The MRCO has established a tax fraud website, at www.stopthefraud.ca
The MRCO is composed of eight affiliated local unions of the UBC across Ontario.
The Daily Commercial News will have more on this topic, which will also be featured in a upcoming Construction Record podcast.