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 21-member Board of Governors appointed by the College of Trades Appointments Council. The Board is comprised of 16 members from the skilled trades, four members of the public, and one member representing Ontario’s colleges of applied arts and technology.
All members of our governing structure — Board of Governors, Divisional and Trade Boards — are appointed by an independent Appointments Council.