Apprenticeship and Skilled Trades

The Ontario College of Trades (the College) is an industry-driven, professional regulatory body that protects the public by regulating and promoting the skilled trades.  One of the main responsibilities of the College is to ensure that individuals performing the skills of compulsory trades have the training and certification required to legally practise this trade in Ontario.

COCA has never taken a position either in support of or opposed to the Ontario College of Trades (OCoT).  COCA’s role has always been to serve as a watchdog over the activities of OCoT and to keep our members well informed through regular communication.

Many individuals associated with COCA, however, chose to be part of the OCoT governance system, to have some influence on the change and to make the province’s skilled trades and apprenticeship system among the best in the world.

The passing of Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018 on November 21st was the beginning of the end of the Ontario College of Trades and our new government embarked on a process to develop a new skilled trades and apprenticeship system to replace the Ontario College of Trades.

COCA’s College of Trades Task Force developed a submission to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities regarding the new modern and effective skilled trades and apprenticeship system to replace the Ontario College of Trades and continues to be actively engaged on this important issues.