On November 21, 2018, the Ontario Legislature passed Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, which legislated the upcoming wind-down of the Ontario College of Trades and changes to Ontario’s apprenticeship and skilled trades system.
Under the Act, the Minister of Labour, Training, and Skills Development has the special powers to do the following:
- Terminate any members from the governing structure of the Ontario College of Trades;
- Appoint members to the governing structure by Minister acting as Appointments Council;
- Dissolve any committees of the Board of Governors of the College of Trades
As part of the ongoing wind-down of the Ontario College of Trades, O. Reg. 34/20, came into effect on March 3, 2020. This Minister’s Regulation reduced the size of the College’s Board of Governors to five members, and mandates that the Chair of the Board be designated by the Minister.
The Board is working with the government to support an orderly transition of key functions to the successor Ministry-led system for Ontario’s skilled trades.
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