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With more people going into the skilled trades sector, it is important that we have the best possible resources and structures in place to help the industry grow and remain strong.
In order to assist the industry, the Ontario government is making improvements to the Ontario College of Trades.
The Ontario College of Trades was set up to promote careers in the skilled trades sector and to address the issue of sector demands for skilled trades people.
Since 2002-2003 there has been an increase of 60,000 apprentices, with over 150 apprenticeship trades and 120,000 apprentices currently training in the province.
The main goal of the provincial government and the Ontario College of Trades is to create pools of talent with opportunities for networking and growth.
Doing so will ensure that Ontario’s skilled trades system continues to meet the growing needs of our economy.
The college is an independent, industry-driven organization governed by the people who make up the trades in Ontario.
It has a board of governors, divisional boards and trade boards that are comprised of entrepreneurs and trades people who are eager to make the trade industry in Ontario more accountable, more responsive to the needs of Ontario and more attractive to workers.
Members of the college will benefit from recognition as a skilled trades professional, enforcement of trade regulations as well as a discipline and complaints process to ensure public safety.
Proposals are currently being made for members to receive access to high level training and certification standards.
The Ontario College of Trades consulted with potential members and trade stake holders regarding its proposed membership provisions.
As the College will oversee the trade training standards, it will ensure minimum standards for quality, control and health and safety.
Trades people will be able to select any training program at any facility that meets these standards.
All of Ontario benefits from a well-trained and regulated trades industry and the College of Trades is beneficial for both those in the field and those who use their services.
If you have any questions about the College of Trades visit www.collegeoftrades.ca.
If you have any questions or concerns about provincial matters feel free to call my office at 519-759-0361 or visit my website at www.davelevac.on.ca.
Dave Levac is MPP for Brant and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario.