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Carpenters’ Union calls to combat tax fraud; stop illegal worksites and protect workers

April 6, 2021 – The Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario launched their campaign to stop construction industry tax fraud and end illegal worksites.

The Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario (CDCO) is composed of 16 affiliated unions, including 3000 members of HOPE Local 2220 and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners across the province. In total, the CDCO represents over 30,000 people working in a wide range of skilled trades, including carpentry, drywall, resilient flooring, concrete formwork, underwater construction, welding, scaffolding and other construction-related work.

They are now speaking out to say tax fraud cheats hardworking craftspeople out of their rightful pay and benefits and forces all Ontarians to make up for lost tax revenue. This lost revenue costs Ontario taxpayers anywhere from $1.8 billion to $3.1 billion every year.

“These illegal activities not only defraud workers out of their rightful pay and benefits, but they also result in higher likelihoods of injuries on worksites and even human trafficking in extreme cases,” said Mike Yorke, President, Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario. “It is time for our members, law enforcement, legislators, and taxpayers to say enough is enough. Together, we can protect our hardworking construction labour force, now and into the future.”  

 Jason Rowe, Vice President Canada, United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America said UBC has governments, honest contractors and community stakeholders to level the playing field by shining a spotlight on the underground economy and those who engage in this type of illegal activity.

“It is time for Canadians to stand up against tax fraud and fight corruption in the underground economy so we can have the programs and services required in our communities,” he said.