The Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario launched their campaign to stop construction industry tax fraud and end illegal worksites. The council states that tax fraud “cheats hardworking craftspeople out of their rightful pay and benefits and forces all Ontarians to make up for lost tax revenue.”
According to the council, 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.”
“Collaboration amongst all stakeholders is the best defence against the underground economy. From healthcare to transit and schools, imagine the infrastructure we could build in Ontario without tax fraud,” Tony Iannuzzi, Carpenters EST Ontario.