Consumer protection and promotion of skilled trades a priority
TORONTO, April 8, 2014 /CNW/ - Skilled trades professionals and industry
advocates joined together at Queen's Park today to celebrate the one
year anniversary of the Ontario College of Trades (the College) and
support its mandate to protect consumers and promote the trades.
"For the first time in Ontario, the public can now confirm if a person
working in a compulsory trade, whether he or she is an electrician or
an automotive service technician, has the certification to do the job
through a public register," says CEO and Registrar David Tsubouchi.
Tsubouchi was joined by hard working tradespeople who came out to show
their support for the College, the self-governing regulatory body that
allows skilled trades professionals to govern and regulate their own
industry, a right that has been enjoyed by many other professions for
years including teachers, real estate agents, nurses, travel agents
"The College has already helped our industry through better enforcement
to ensure a level playing field for shops and technicians and giving
the industry through our Trade Board a real opportunity to improve
training standards to meet future trade needs," said John Norris,
Executive Director of Collision Industry Information Association
"Decisions are now made by tradespeople as opposed to politicians, and
for the first time, those decisions are made in a public and
transparent manner," said Pat Blackwood, Vice Chair of the College.
"The Ontario College of Trades is a much-needed resource for the men and
women working in the trades. It also gives the consumer piece of mind,
knowing they are hiring men and women who are knowledgeable,
professional and qualified to complete the job in the best way
possible," said Gail Smyth, Executive Director of Skills Canada-Ontario.
In the past year, the College has taken significant steps to protect the
public interest and promote skilled trades by:
Creating a public register of members to allow the public to easily
confirm a tradesperson's qualifications
Reviewing all 33 trades with journeyperson-apprentice ratios — first
time ever in Ontario
Completing close to 6,000 field inspections
Issuing 131 Provincial Offences Notices (tickets).
The Ontario College of Trades has over 260,000 active members.
There are 22 trades designated as compulsory in Ontario. In order to
practice in a compulsory trade, an individual must be one of the
following: a licensed journeyperson — a holder of a valid Certificate
of Qualification; or a journeyperson candidate; or a registered
apprentice with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities; or
a holder of a provisional Certificate of Qualification.
There are currently 134 trades designated as voluntary. Certification is
offered in some voluntary trades, but is not a requirement to practise
in the trade.
To learn more about the College or access the public register, visit www.collegeoftrades.ca. Follow us on Twitter @collegeoftrades.
SOURCE: Ontario College of Trades
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