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Trade associations join anti-OCOT campaign

Daily Commercial News

Seven new trade associations recently joined the Stop the Trades Tax campaign, as the campaign announced that it will begin a province-wide tour rallying against the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).

TORONTO

Seven new trade associations recently joined the Stop the Trades Tax campaign, as the campaign announced that it will begin a province-wide tour rallying against the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT).

“People across the province are realizing how damaging this trades tax will be to the Ontario economy,” said Sean Reid, chair of the Ontario Construction Employers Coalition (OCEC), the organization behind the campaign.

The province-wide tour will ask current Members of Provincial Parliament, Liberal leadership candidates and all candidates in the next provincial election to sign a pledge to stop OCOT.

In previous interviews with the Daily Commercial News, OCOT officials have said the membership fees, which range $60 to $120 annually, are not a tax and will provide value added services that are not currently available through the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities.

Legislated in 2009, OCOT is mandated to professionalize the skilled trades in Ontario, promote them as a valid career path and review the status of compulsory certification and apprenticeship ratios.

The seven new members of the campaign are Kingston Construction Association — Heavy Civil Sector; Simcoe County Heavy Construction Association; Niagara Construction Association; Ontario Concrete Pipe Association; Ontario Municipal Manufacturers & Distributors Committee; Plumbing Heating and Cooling Contractors ; and the Canadian Association of Renovators and Home Services.

DCN NEWS SERVICES

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