Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency the College has extended the deadline for payment of any renewal membership fees
Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency the College has extended the deadline for payment of any renewal membership fees coming due during this emergency situation. The deadline is being extended for any membership payments due from March 17 until 30 days after the provincial emergency declaration is lifted. College members may still pay their fees when normally due and are encouraged to take advantage of electronic payment methods.
Issues with Canada Post / Couriered Documents during COVID-19 Public Health Emergency
Please note that for the duration of the COVID-19 public health crisis in Ontario the College may not be able to receive and process physical mail or couriered documents in a timely manner. We ask that you send documents via email where possible and please call us at 1 (855) 299-0028 if you have any questions or concerns.
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 once Ministry exam centres reopen with new 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 ends. The original 120-day extension also applies to individuals holding provisional Certificates of Qualification.
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.
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