The Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance is asking the Ontario Government and the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) to put the brakes on the compulsory certification process due to significant concerns with inconsistencies in the review criteria.
“The compulsory certification of trades will have a tremendous impact on the Ontario construction industry, and moreover, the economy. We can’t afford to get this wrong,” says Karen Renkema, chair of the Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance. “We have grave concerns the inconsistencies in the ratio review process seen in the last year will be replicated in the current compulsory certification process. That’s why we’re calling on the Ontario Government and College of Trades to take appropriate action and halt all reviews immediately until a detailed re-evaluation is completed.”
Currently the Ontario government is in the process of reviewing the compulsory status of sprinkler and fire protection installers, and the has raised concerns with the lack of information about the timelines, lack of burden of proof and lack of notification and research available to stakeholders, and is urging the government to halt the existing process and conduct a thorough review.
“We look forward to participating in a compulsory certification process that is clear, consistent, and based on set timelines and criteria,” says Stephen Hamilton, Manager, Government Relations for the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA). “That is why we’re asking the government to do the right thing and stop the compulsory certification process before it does real damage to tradespeople, businesses and the Ontario economy.”
To read the Alliance’s full review of the OCOT Trades Classification, click here.