Top 10 reasons the College should be scrapped

1. Ontario’s trades people don’t want it. When consulted about membership in the College, a whopping 88% of trades people and employers said they’re against it.

2. The College is lousy at math. It’s planning to hammer tradespeople and employers with an $84 million trades tax. And that’s a conservative estimate. The College disputes the figure, yet their own website says it will cover 500,000 tradespeople at the proposed fee levels, making $84 million a very real figure. And it’s hardworking tradespeople who will have to foot this bill.

3. It makes no sense. The College wants to lump 157 different trades, from construction to service trades under one regulatory body. You tell us what meat cutters, welders, horse groomers and hot tub installers have in common?

4. The death of the handyman. The College is fixing it so that your favorite local handyman won’t be able to build a deck, install new floor tiles and paint your kitchen. If the College gets its way, these jobs will all have to be performed by different compulsory trades. That means a different tradesperson would need to perform each job. Goodbye jack of all trades.

5. The end of student construction jobs. The College wants to force more trades to become compulsory, which come with restrictive journeyperson/apprenticeship ratios. Getting summer jobs in construction will become much more difficult for students.

6. Ontario is following in Quebec’s footsteps. The College wants to regulate more trades, creating a system like Quebec’s heavily regulated construction industry. Just read the headlines and you’ll know how poorly that’s working out for Quebec.

7. Taxpayers and the economy will take the hit. By going down the path of the Quebec model, projects will cost more and the economy will suffer. A study on the impact of this model in Quebec found that projects cost an extra 10.5% to complete, and represented a loss for the Quebec economy of $3.4 billion and 52,000 jobs.

8. Forcing small business tradespeople out of work. Ontario has thousands of small business people in the trades. Forcing trades like painting to become compulsory, means years of experience won’t count. Painters will have to go to school to certified, or shut down their business. What a choice!

9. No transparency or accountability. Many trades already pay for licenses and countless other fees to government. We’re still waiting for the College to explain the benefit of $84 million in membership fees.

10. The cost of home renovation becomes a costly nightmare. Imagine the cost of a kitchen renovation, when you have to hire one trade for painting, one for drywall, one for cabinet making, another for tiling, etc… Costs will balloon.