Since opening its doors, the Ontario College of Trades has been responsible for protecting the public interest by regulating and promoting the skilled trades in Ontario, and ensuring the work of compulsory trades is done by skilled tradespeople who are certified to do the job.
Everyone in Ontario should feel confident that when they hire someone to fix their brakes or wire their homes that the work is done by a qualified and certified skilled trades professional.
On December 8, the Ontario Legislature passed amendments to the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (OCTAA) that will enhance the College’s role in keeping Ontarians safe, with an increased focus on risk of harm and consumer protection. Responsibility for compliance and enforcement remains with the College and our role in ensuring the safety of the public and skilled trades professionals will be unchanged through our enforcement and compliance efforts. Below are some key aspects of what the College will be working on, as prescribed in the recently approved legislation.
Within the next 180 days:
- A comprehensive compliance and enforcement policy to be publicly posted on the College’s website
- The College and the Classification Roster, through the Ministry of Labour, will release the process and criteria for trades to request a review of their classification
- As of June 6, 2017, College inspectors will have the ability to issue Notices of Contravention reflecting administrative monetary penalties, rather than tickets with fines under the Provincial Offences Act. Where requested, reviews of the issuance of a Notice of Contravention will be heard by the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB). The OLRB will be required to consider risk of harm issues, scopes of practice, the objects under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, plus the College’s new Compliance and Enforcement Policy.
As the College moves forward to implement these changes, there will be opportunities for members and stakeholders through consultations, to help strengthen the College’s mandate to protect the public interest while regulating and promoting the skilled trades.
For updates on the implementation of these amendments and all other information on the College’s activities, go to collegeoftrades.ca and subscribe to our quarterly magazine, Trades Today.
To read the amendments to OCTAA contained in Bill 70, click here.