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 skilled trades in Ontario – the Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act (TQAA) and the Apprenticeship and Certification Act (ACA). On April 8, 2013, the TQAA and ACA and regulations under those Acts were repealed.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 skilled trades in Ontario.
Regulations governing the skilled trades and 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.
To view the current regulations in effect under OCTAA, please click here.
Fair Registration Practices
The Office of the Fairness Commissioner (OFC) oversees the registration practices of Ontario’s professional regulatory bodies, to ensure practices are transparent, objective, impartial and fair, in accordance with the Fair Access to Regulated Professions and Compulsory Trades Act, 2006.
The OFC requires each regulatory body to review their own registration practices, submit an annual ‘Fair Registration Practices Report’ for each regulated profession, and undergo compliance audits.
As the governing body for compulsory trades in Ontario, the Ontario College of Trades submits an annual Fair Registration Practices Report for each of 23 compulsory trades.
To view or download the College’s previous years’ reports, click here
More information about the OFC can be found at www.fairnesscommissioner.ca.