The Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 was introduced to the Legislature in May of 2009 and received Royal Assent on October 27, 2009.
Under the legislation, the College has the mandate and powers to regulate all approved trades in Ontario, and will perform standard regulatory functions such as:
- Issuing licenses and certificates of membership;
- Protecting the public interest through investigation and discipline mechanisms;
- Setting standards for training and certification;
- Conducting research and collecting relevant data to support future apprenticeship and certification policies;
- Removing barriers and increasing access for internationally trained workers.
Please note: The shaded portions of the Act indicate sections that have not been proclaimed yet
The Whitaker Report
In September 2008, Kevin Whitaker, Chair of the Ontario Labour Relations Board, was appointed to make recommendations on the implementation of the proposed Ontario College of Trades, including the college’s governance structure, scope and mandate.
Mr. Whitaker developed his recommendations after consulting broadly with stakeholders, including employers, skilled tradespeople and training providers, reviewing submissions and holding meetings and regional public consultations to solicit input and feedback. He has also worked with a committee of representatives of government ministries involved with apprenticeship and trades in Ontario.
The result of Mr. Whitaker’s consultation and research was the publication of the Whitaker Report, published in March of 2009. His recommendations in this report would later be reflected in the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009.
The Armstrong Report
Creating an institution to govern all skilled trades was the principal recommendation made by Tim Armstrong in his report on the Compulsory Certification Project submitted in 2008, following extensive input from employers, employees and representatives of the skilled trades.