HAMILTON, ON, Sept. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - A major study released today by the
Hamilton-based think tank Cardus shows that Ontario's College of Trades
is designed to fail.
The College of Trades was set up in October, 2009 by the Ontario
government as a self-governing professional college providing
regulatory oversight, discipline, enforcement, and promotion of 157
trades in Ontario. The College immediately affects over 620,000
tradespersons and employers in the province, and is designed to quickly
increase in size.
"The intent was to create a body which would assist Ontario's trades
facing difficult circumstances," says Michael Van Pelt, president of
Cardus. "Instead, we have legislation requiring huge administration and
tremendous financial resources. This will add unneeded financial burden
and redundant layers of regulation and discipline to tradespersons and
What is most troubling, says Van Pelt, is that the College faces
"inherent conflict of interest on the primary rationale for its
design—the designation of certain trades as compulsory. The College has
self-interest in expanding its financial base by making more trades
compulsory. This suggests an open-ended financial burden which can be
imposed by a minority of trades on the majority of trades, all of which
can be done behind closed doors."
Key findings of the Cardus report note that the College of Trades:
will likely cover over 10% of Ontario's working population, a mandate
far greater than any current professional college;
will require funding from tradespersons and employers far above their
current rates, effectively creating a new tax on an already burdened
will privatize the financial burden of responsibility for trades in
contains a financial conflict of interest in expanding compulsory
reflects a massive and slow-moving structure which will see a minority
of trades governing the future of the majority of trades;
provides no evidence it will increase labour supply or increase
apprenticeship completion rates; and
runs contrary to the government's "Open for Business Initiative."
Cardus is a think tank dedicated to the renewal of North American social
architecture, conducting independent and original research in this and
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