Ontario government passes the Modernizing the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2019
The Government of Ontario has passed the Modernizing the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2019 (Act) which establishes a new governance model for the skilled trades and apprenticeship system. The new system will be a Ministry-led delivery model with industry input in training programs and regulation. You can find the Act as Schedule 40 of Bill 100 here. You can find more information on the Ministry’s announcement here.
During the transition to the new Ministry-led delivery model and the wind-down of the Ontario College of Trades (College) in fall of 2019, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (Ministry) and the College continue to deliver key services. Among other duties, the Ministry continues to register training agreements with apprentices, assess employer eligibility to take on apprentices, and administer Certificate of Qualification exams. The College supports this work by continuing to issue skilled trades credentials (Certificates of Qualification and Statements of Membership) and supporting labour mobility through credential verification.
College resumes accepting membership payments at new reduced rate
On April 12, 2019, the College made changes to annual membership fees upon request of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities – please see here for the new fee structure. In order to make the necessary technical changes to reflect the new fee structure, the College placed a temporary pause on sending out renewal invoices and accepting membership fee payments. Members remained responsible for their membership fees during this temporary pause. The technical changes have now been made and the College has resumed sending renewal invoices and accepting membership fees at the new rates. Membership fees paid prior to April 12, 2019 will be credited towards either College membership fees or any future fee model, as appropriate.
To assist members in making payments during this time, we have extended payment due dates to September 1, 2019. Payments that were due during the pause may be made by September 1, 2019 without impacting active membership status.