“Ontario’s 2018 Fall Economic Statement is welcomed news for Ontario’s automobile retail sector. We welcome the Ford Government’s commitments to help reduce the cost of doing business by cutting red tape by 25 percent and increasing the Employer Health Tax exemption to reduce payroll costs.

Many automobile dealers are finding it increasing difficult to find the next generation of auto technicians. We are pleased to see Finance Minister Vic Fedeli announce the Ontario Government will take a new approach to help attract the next generation to a career in the skilled trades. Eliminating bureaucracies like the Ontario College of Trades and reviewing Ontario’s apprenticeship system to increase access to apprenticeship opportunities bodes well to help close the skilled trades gap.

A review of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board is also good news for employers. For too long, the massive WSIB unfunded liability meant employers were paying artificially high premiums to fund a system that was chronically mismanaged over the years. Thankfully, the unfunded liability is now gone, and we hope the review will put a renewed focus on financial sustainability so both employees and employers can have confidence in the system well into the future.”

– Frank Notte
Director of Government Relations

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Since 1908, the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association has been the voice of Ontario’s new car dealers. Our 1,100 member dealers directly employ over 45,000 people and generate $37 billion in retail sales annually.