What We Do
The Ontario College of Trades (the College) is an industry-driven, professional regulatory body that protects the public by regulating and promoting the skilled trades.
One of the main responsibilities of the College is to ensure that individuals performing the skills of compulsory trades have the training and certification required to legally practise this trade in Ontario.
The College puts the decision-making in the hands of those that are directly impacted by those decisions.
The College is also responsible for:
- Issuing certificates of qualification and statements of membership
- Establishing apprenticeship programs and other training programs
- Maintaining a public registry of its members
- The process for determining appropriate apprentice to journeyperson ratios
- The process for trade classification reviews
- Establishing the scope of practice for trades
The Ontario College of Trades is governed by a Board of Governors that is comprised of 21 members representing both employers and employees in the sector and the general public.
All members of our governing structure — Board of Governors, Divisional and Trade Boards — are appointed by an independent Appointments Council.