Toronto, ON (April 27, 2018) – The Minister of Labour has approved a regulation providing the Ontario College of Trades (College) with an additional 12 months to consult with stakeholders on potential improvements to the journeyperson to apprenticeship ratio review process and ratio criteria. The actual ratio reviews before a panel is now set to begin in April 2019.
Over the next year the College will work with stakeholders to develop a framework that will clarify the broader public policy objectives ratios are intended to achieve, refine how the ratio review process is conducted, and make any needed changes to the criteria for determining appropriate ratios.
The framework is being developed in an open and transparent manner that includes input from broad stakeholder consultations beginning in May 2018, an advisory panel, enhanced communications and other opportunities for feedback. Significant work has already been undertaken that will inform the framework including analyzing stakeholder feedback from the last round of ratio reviews, examining the recommendations made by Tony Dean, in his Supporting a Strong and Sustainable Ontario College of Trades report, and including feedback from an earlier round of consultations with members and the public.
“We’re looking forward to the next round of stakeholder consultations on the framework and process so that when April 2019 arrives we can make both timely and informed decisions,” said George Gritziotis, CEO and Registrar of the College.
The identification of potential data sources is also in progress which will provide relevant labour market data to stakeholders prior to the next round of ratio reviews. Ratios were last updated four years ago, coming into effect on April 14, 2014, and many were adjusted to allow sponsors to take on more apprentices. For most trades this was the first time ratios have been reviewed in decades.
The regulation extending the timeline for the next round of ratios to begin can be found on the government’s website here. The College’s website www.collegeoftrades.ca will be regularly updated with information on the consultation process and opportunities for stakeholder contributions.