Ontarians can now check credentials of tradespersons online
TORONTO, April 10, 2013 /CNW/ - Ontario consumers now enjoy better protection when hiring a skilled tradesperson. As of Monday, Ontarians can check the credentials of tradespeople practicing in the province by visiting the Ontario College of Trades website (www.collegeoftrades.ca). The simple, searchable register will help consumers protect themselves, by allowing them to look up the credentials and licensing status of nearly 300,000 journeypersons and apprentices in the skilled trades.
"Consumers spend a lot of money on home renovations," said Ron Johnson, Chair of The College of Trades. "This free tool will give consumers the peace of mind of knowing they are inviting qualified tradespersons into their homes."
Consumers are also able to file a complaint against an individual tradesperson. The College will investigate and take appropriate action against anyone found to have engaged in misrepresentation or misconduct. This will be reported on the public register.
Consumer advocates applaud the move. "When you invite someone into your home or business, you want the peace of mind of knowing that person has the skills they say they do," says Peter Silverman, Canadian broadcast journalist and consumer advocate. "The College will protect consumers and empower them to protect themselves."
The Ontario College of Trades is a new industry body bringing together leaders from the trades as well as employers and the public, to examine and find solutions to the problems facing the trade sector. One of its key mandates is to strengthen consumer protection.
- Ontario currently has more than 500,000 workers in over 150 trades
- The College represents trades in four sectors: construction, industrial, motive power and services
SOURCE: Ontario College of Trades
For further information:
Ontario College of Trades
T: (647) 847-3072