College protecting the public interest
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Dec 25, 2014  |  Vote 0    0

College protecting the public interest

Stratford Gazette

Re: Too much bureaucracy, letter to the editor, Dec. 18

It’s important to correct the multiple inaccuracies in regard to the Ontario College of Trades (the College) that appeared in Courtney Teahen’s December 18th letter to the editor.

In just over a year, the College has made significant progress as a new self-regulatory body mandated to oversee and modernize skilled trades in Ontario and protect the public interest.

At the College’s core is the understanding that it must be tradespeople that make those decisions and it must be tradespeople that set the course for their industry.

During our first year, the College facilitated the first independent, open and transparent review of all 33 journeyperson to apprentice ratios. As a result of this open process that included industry involvement, 14 ratios were reduced, and now all but one ratio begins at 1:1.

The College’s membership fee is the lowest yearly membership fee of any of the professional regulatory bodies in Ontario. The $60 fee for apprentices and the $120 fee for journeypersons help pay for much needed updates to training standards and curriculum as well as oversight of the industry to ensure those working in a compulsory trade have the required qualifications. Consumers and Ontario’s hard working tradespeople who have invested in the required certification deserve no less.

Of particular importance is the public register on our website,, where members of the public or a business can now check the type of membership a tradesperson holds. It’s an important tool that ensures that the person you hire to fix your brakes or wire your home is certified to do the job.

Finally, the College has been working tirelessly to build relationships with industry, local chambers of commerce, businesses and skilled trades professionals across the province. Within the past year alone, the College has had more than 150 meetings and events with stakeholders, including the Stratford and Area Builders’ Association.

In order to ensure that the College is able to fulfill its mandate to protect the public interest, it is important that facts be communicated clearly and accurately to the public.

David Tsubouchi

CEO and registrar

Ontario College of Trades

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