Following the passage of legislative amendments to the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 on December 8, 2016, the Ontario College of Trades (College) was required to develop a compliance and enforcement policy.
To create this policy, the Board of Governors appointed nine individuals to the Compliance and Enforcement Committee.
Throughout January and February 2017, the Committee conducted broad-based consultations across Ontario with a wide cross-section of tradespeople and stakeholders from both voluntary and compulsory trades in the construction, industrial, motive power and service sectors as well as reviewed similar policies and best practices of other relevant Ontario regulators.
During the consultations, several themes emerged and formed the focus for the compliance and enforcement policy, including addressing the underground economy, enforcing journeyperson-to-apprentice ratios and safeguarding vulnerable workers.
To read the compliance and enforcement policy in its entirety, click here.
Thank you to those who engaged with the Compliance and Enforcement Committee and the College over the last few months. Together, through this new enforcement policy, we will better protect the public interest and ensure that when you hire someone to fix your brakes or wire your home that the work is done by qualified and certified skilled trades professionals.