Attention Ontario Certified Trades, Professionals, Employers, Apprentices and Parents
The Ontario government has introduced amendments to the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act that it plans to push through the legislature within the next two weeks. These amendments, buried in a budget bill, will diminish the value of a certificate of qualification in a compulsory trade – such as electrician, steam fitter, plumber, sheet metal worker and sprinkler installer.
This may also impact trades in non-construction sectors.
Trades are designated as compulsory in order to protect workers and the public. Ontario law stipulates that only licensed professionals or registered apprentices can perform the work of a compulsory trade. The government’s proposed amendments will allow cheaper, unskilled workers to do some of this work so that corporations can save money.
Who Should Care if the Amendments Pass?
- Parents: If your son or daughter is working as an apprentice they could be exposed to unsafe workplaces.
- Employers who hire certifed trades: You could lose work to competitors using cheaper, unskilled labour. Your focus on safety and training will be less valued.
- Certifed trades professionals: Your ticket (C of Q) that you worked so hard to achieve and you are rightfully proud of may no longer be of value. And you may be at risk on job sites where untrained individuals are doing the work you were trained to do.
- Apprentices: Your workplace could become much more dangerous and your years of training for certifcation wasted.
Let Premier Kathleen Wynne or your MPP know that there must be proper debate of these proposed amendments to ensure we keep Ontario families and workers safe.
Email the Premier at:
Brought to you by a concerned Certified Trades Coalition