McGuinty Government Names Advisor On Skilled Trades



    Tim Armstrong To Review Whether To Expand Compulsory Certification

    TORONTO, Aug. 2 /CNW/ - Tim Armstrong, public policy advisor, legal
counsel, author and recipient of the Order of Ontario, has been appointed to
review compulsory certification in the skilled trades, Chris Bentley, Minister
of Training, Colleges and Universities announced today.
    "Tim Armstrong brings extensive public policy experience in
apprenticeship, trades and labour relations to this position," said Bentley.
"His review will take a look at compulsory certification to make sure our
apprenticeship system continues to meet proper safety standards, provides
value to consumers, and serves the needs of our growing economy."
    Compulsory certification means that only certified skilled workers or
registered apprentices can work in that trade - as opposed to voluntary
certification, where it is left up to individual employers, workers and
consumers to determine the level of training required to do the work.
Currently, 21 of the more than 140 skilled trades in Ontario that involve
apprenticeship require compulsory certification.
    Among many career highlights, Tim Armstrong practised law in Toronto for
16 years, specializing in labour and other administrative law litigation. He
served in the Ontario government for 18 years, including terms as deputy
minister of the Ministry of Labour and the former Ministry of Industry,
Technology and Trade. Armstrong is currently the Japan Bank for International
Co-operation's chief representative in Canada, chair of the Radiation Safety
Institute of Canada, vice chair of the Ontario Press Council, and serves on
the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board.
    "Apprenticeship is a key element in Ontario's overall training and
education system," said Armstrong. "I look forward to reviewing and reporting
on the scope and impact of compulsory certification for the province's skilled
trades workforce."
    Bentley announced the compulsory certification review in May. As advisor,
Armstrong will study the implications of expanding compulsory certification,
including such factors as health and safety, consumer protection and economic
impact, and deliver his written report in six months' time.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Sheamus Murphy, Minister's Office, (416)
325-7215; Tanya Blazina, Communications Branch, (416) 325-2746; Public
Inquiries: (416) 325-2929 or 1-800-387-5514, TTY: 1-800-263-2892

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