Extension to Journeyperson Candidates Class memberships due to Covid-19 Public Health Emergency

The need for physical distancing during the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation required the Ministry’s examination centers to suspend most examination services for a period of time or severely limit the number of people who could sit in exam at one time. Extending the current validity period ensured affected skilled tradespersons have extra time to take their CofQ exams.

To support skilled tradespersons and apprentices who are unable to write their exams during this period, effective March 13, 2021, the Government of Ontario filed a new regulation extending memberships in the College’s Journeyperson Candidates (JPC) Class; the regulation had been previously amended on December 18, 2020. The current amendment provides:

  • an additional 180-day extension to JPCs whose fixed-term Statements of Membership allowing them to work legally in their compulsory trades were originally scheduled to expire on or after March 13, 2021 and before November 27, 2021.

These amendments are intended to account for both the anticipated backlog of candidates and the reduced availability of exam sittings arising from closures and reduced volumes due to health and safety protocols in place.

Individuals in the Journeyperson Candidates Class have completed their apprenticeship training but not yet passed their Certificate of Qualification exam. Under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009, these individuals may continue to work in their compulsory trade in Ontario until their membership in the Journeyperson Candidates Class expires.

If you have any questions about this extension please contact your local Ministry of Labour, Training, and Skills Development Apprenticeship Office, which you can find at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/employment-ontario-apprenticeship-offices or the Employment Ontario Contact Centre at 1-800-387-5656.