Promoting the Skilled Trades Industry

As part of the Ontario government’s Open for Business, Open for Jobs strategy, Monte McNaughton, the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development launched a campaign to highlight the good-quality, well-paying careers that the skilled trades industry has to offer. “We need to do a better job at enticing young people and their parents to the skilled trades,” said Monte McNaughton, “For too long we haven’t viewed these challenging positions as a viable first option. That needs to change.” Helping students get career-ready with rewarding opportunities is an important investment in the future of the home building industry.

That’s why we are excited to support the government’s campaign ‘Find a Career You Wouldn’t Trade” which focuses on the passion of real skilled tradespeople in their work environments. It’s time for businesses, schools, and communities to step up to the plate and take on more apprentices! Things only work when everybody works together. 

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Since being elected, the current Ontario government has made significant legislative, regulatory and financial investments to support apprenticeship and skills training in Ontario. 

The government tells us there will be 2.6 million more #homebelievers living in Ontario by 2031. #weneed1MILLIONhomes across Ontario for these #homebelievers. We need to hire and train 100,00 skilled tradespeople over the next decade to make #homebeliever dreams a reality. 

The Ontario Home Builders’ Association applauds and supports the government’s action to address the shortage of skilled trades workers in Ontario.  We know it’s more than just a job, it’s a career you wouldn’t trade for. 

In November 2018, the provincial government acted decisively on modernizing the skilled trades by making historic reforms that are consistent with OHBA’s advocacy for several years by introducing Bill 47OHBA passed four resolutions at the Annual Meeting of Members in Ottawa on the skilled trades: (1) lowering ratios to one-to-one; (2) eliminating OCOT enforcement; (3) eliminating fees for apprentices and lowering fees for journeypersons; and (4) a moratorium on future compulsory certification classification reviews.  We are pleased that the changes outlined in Bill 47 respond to all four resolutions. Among the changes are as follows:

•      Set all journeyperson-to-apprentice ratios at one-to-one;
•      Implement a moratorium on trade classifications and reclassifications; and,
•      Winding down the Ontario College of Trades: This will effectively eliminate OCOT enforcement along with the journeyperson and apprentice fees that fund OCOT.

OHBA was pleased to be on hand for the introduction of the legislation and we look forward to working with the government to develop a model for the regulation of the skilled trades and apprenticeship system in Ontario. Thank you to all our members and local associations that have been longstanding advocates on this file!