Where is the Research? College of Trades Review Panel Moves Forward on Trades Certification in Research Vacuum

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 research."

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 (2012).

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:

Media Contact:
Michael Van Pelt (905)464-3687

A copy of Cardus' full report is available at http://www.cardus.ca/research/workandeconomics

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