Big changes could be coming to the regulation of skilled trades if the proposed amendments to The Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act (the “Act”) are proclaimed into law in January 2013.
If the amendments are made, the College of Trades (the “College”) – established in April 2008 – will become the “arms-length” body regulating the certification of skilled trades with a mandate to “protect the public interest and regulate persons practicing in skilled trades in Ontario and employers who employ them.”
For employers and tradespeople alike, the biggest changes set to occur are with respect to the certification process and new College membership requirements. These currently include:
The Act contemplates and regulates all future training, certification and membership of skilled trades in Ontario. If proclaimed, it would be an all-encompassing and self-regulated scheme funded by the training, certification and membership fees.
While specific logistics (fees, training requirements, membership structure, application processes, etc.) have not yet been finalized, the proposed changes, if proclaimed, will change how skilled trades are regulated and will have an impact on both individuals and employers.
For more information about how the proposed changes will work, how they might effect you and your business, or any other questions relating to workplace law, please do not hesitate to contact a Mathews Dinsdale lawyer.
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