HAMILTON, ON, April 28 /CNW/ - Cardus, a leading think tank, released a
report today which raises troubling questions surrounding the process
by which skilled tradepersons in Ontario will require mandatory
government certification in order to work.
"Our report finds that there is a complete lack of research guiding the
College of Trades Review Panels in its decisions as to whether or not
to make trade certification compulsory," says Michael Van Pelt,
President of Cardus.
"It's a classic case of building infrastructure without a plan, and it
leaves Ontario's construction industry—which is already facing a severe
shortage of workers and innovation—vulnerable. Workers in this province
might soon face fines or be prevented from working in their trade, all
by a body which has not provided clear reasons backed by independent
Workers who work in compulsory trades without government-issued
certificates face fines and other sanctions. The body which determines
which trades require compulsory certification—the College of Trades
Review Panels—will begin a process of reviewing trades this January
Cardus is a think tank dedicated to the renewal of North American social
architecture, conducting independent and original research in this and
three other key areas of public life.
For further information:
Michael Van Pelt (905)464-3687
A copy of Cardus' full report is available at http://www.cardus.ca/research/workandeconomics