April Article - Newsletter

Ontario College of Trades Update


The College of Trades will begin accepting memberships as of April 8, 2013. The College will be required to maintain a Public Register containing the following details about all members.

  • The members name
  • Type of membership (i.e. Statement of Membership or Certificate of Qualification)
  • All trades and classes associated with an individual's membership
  • Any terms, conditions and/or limitation imposed on the member's C of Q or Statement of Membership
  • Any cancelling, revocation or suspension of a member's C of Q or Statement of Membership, and/or,
  • Additional information as prescribed in by-laws.

All members of the college will be listed on the Public Register

Ratio Reviews:

The College recently released the recommendations from Review Panels for the following Trades:

1. Ratio Review for Roofers:

The current journeypersons-apprentice ratio for the trade is 1:1, 3:1

The Review Panel recommended reducing ratios for roofers as per the explanation below.

"The inescapable truth is that very few apprentices are registering and that very few are becoming journeypersons. Although it is not clear that the ratio is the barrier, this is the first review of what section 60 of the statute contemplates will be a review at least once every four years. Accordingly, the new ratio we propose is 1:1 for the first apprentice and then 2:1 for any additional apprentices. A subsequent review will be able to ascertain whether this change has improved the situation."

2. Ratio Review for Terrazzo, Tile & Marble Setter:

The current journeyperson-apprentice ration for terrazzo, tile and marble setter is 1:1, 3:1.

The Review Panel recommended reducing ratios for terrazzo, tile and marble setters as per explanation below.

"what objective data there is does not point to the fact that there is a significant amount of training of apprentices in this trade which takes place with little to no formal classroom instruction, and only through 'on-the-job' training by journeypersons, who may also not have had the benefit of classroom learning. This suggests to the Review Panel that there could be an issue in the transmission of the knowledge and skills from journeyperson to apprentice if the current ratio is significantly lowered in too quick a fashion. Based on the reasons set out above, we conclude that a ratio of 1:1. 2:1 for the trade of terrazzo, tile and marble setter is appropriate."