Canada, April 17, 2023: Calling attention to the growing problem of construction industry tax fraud, The United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC) proudly inaugurates the ‘Community Builder’ recognition campaign to shine a light on some of the many contractors who play by the rules, honouring their steadfast dedication to fair practices, worker rights, and industry excellence.
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.
The recognition program launched in Canada is part of a broader annual industry campaign titled ‘Construction Industry Tax Fraud Days of Action.’ The UBC throughout Canada and the United States combat tax fraud in the construction industry from April 12–18 with various events and engagements and by calling on municipal, provincial, state and federal governments to partner with them and take steps to tackle this growing issue.
The 2023 ‘Community Builder’ campaign recognizes UBC contractor partners in their five councils across Canada:
“Builders who follow fair practices contribute to building their communities — roads, bridges, schools, hospitals and social services. They contribute to growth and development for all. Through UBC’s ‘Community Builder’ recognition campaign, we spotlight some of these well-deserving, honest and trusted contractors.”
– Jason Rowe, Canadian District Vice President, The United Brotherhood of Carpenters