The Millwright Regional Council – Canada Recognizes Contractors Who Are ‘Building Your Community.’

Published On: April 18, 2024Categories: Press Release

Toronto, Ont. – On April 11, 2024, Western Mechanical hosted UBC Millwright Local 2309 Toronto’s Business Representatives Joe Kowaliw and Kevin Macnamara for the presentation of the 2024 “Community Builder” Award to Western Mechanical and for a discussion on Tax Fraud and the underground economy.

The goal is to raise awareness about tax fraud in the construction industry and the consequences our communities and country endure when tax cheats break the law. We want to collaborate and level the playing field for honest contractors like Western Mechanical who employ many skilled Millwrights who keep industry moving every day.

“We applaud and support honest contractors like Western Mechanical who comply with WSIB and tax obligations. Furthermore, their professional cross-trained Millwrights provide crucial services to the industrial and commercial sectors.”

Said Joe Kowaliw MRC Business Representative, UBC Millwright Local 2309 Toronto.

The “Community Builder” recognition program launched in Canada is part of a broader annual industry campaign titled “Tax Fraud Days of Action”, where UBC Millwrights and UBC Carpenters throughout Canada and the United States are combatting tax fraud in the construction industry and calling on municipal, provincial, state and federal governments to partner with them and take steps to tackle this growing issue.

Construction industry tax fraud, labour trafficking and the underground economy hurt everyone and cost the Canadian economy billions. According to Statistics Canada, the gross domestic product (GDP) at market prices for underground economic activity in Canada was estimated to be $68.5 billion, or 2.7% of the total GDP, in 2021.

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About the Millwright Regional Council – Canada

 The Millwright Regional Council – Canada (MRC) is composed of thirteen affiliated Local Unions of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America (UBC) across Canada. UBC millwrights are vital partners in diverse industries such as energy, automotive, aerospace, food processing, and pharmaceuticals.

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Andrew Bredin

Director of Communications
Millwright Regional Council – Canada