Ontario plan to licence carpenters will kill jobs: Jason Kenney

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. (QMI Agency Files)

Immigration Minister Jason Kenney. (QMI Agency Files)

Antonella Artuso, Queen's Park Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 8:25 AM ET

TORONTO -- A move to licence general carpentry in Ontario is so potentially destructive to the economy it warrants national attention, federal Employment Minister Jason Kenney says.

In an advance copy of Kenney's speech on Friday to the Canadian Home Builders Association and obtained by QMI Agency, the minister says the proposal before the Ontario College of Trades (OCT) would kill jobs.

"There is growing concern that while most provinces in Canada are looking at ways to remove barriers to entering the skilled trades, Ontario is heading in the opposite direction -- the wrong direction," Kenney says. "Not enough people out there are aware of this proposal and its potentially disastrous impact on our economy and on many people's livelihood."

The OCT will consider a request to designate general carpentry as a compulsory trade which would require anyone doing the work to be licensed.

Training, Colleges and Trades Minister Brad Duguid has said he trusts the OCT, which has a mandate to promote the skilled trades, to make the right decision on general carpentry.


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