Legislative and Regulatory Framework
The Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (OCTAA) replaces two previous pieces of legislation that set out the regulatory framework for the trades in Ontario – the Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act (TQAA) and the Apprenticeship and Certification Act (ACA). On April 8, the TQAA and ACA and regulations under those Acts were repealed. OCTAA and regulations made under OCTAA now set out the legislative and regulatory framework for the trades in Ontario.
Regulations governing the establishment of apprenticeship programs
OCTAA gives the College’s Board of Governors the authority to make regulations prescribing wage rates, ratios and training hours for apprentices. In the fall of 2012, the College consulted on a proposal to create a Board regulation that would carry over the wage rates, ratios and training hours set out under the TQAA. The College is using the feedback received during the consultation to develop standardized regulations on apprenticeship programs. In the meantime, the TQAA regulations on wage rates, ratios and training hours continue in effect until such time as they may be revised or repealed by regulations under.
Note: Ratios may change as a result of the Ratio Review Panel process. These reviews may result in the ratios that were previously set out under TQAA being changed in regulation to reflect Review Panel decisions. For more information on ratio reviews, please click here.
To review the trade-specific apprenticeship regulations under TQAA, please visit the e-Laws website.
Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009