Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Bill 47 Changes Ontario College of Trades


Bay of Quinte MPP Todd Smith took over as Ontario’s Minister of Economic Development.

Bill 47 will adjust the journeyman-to-apprentice ratio.  Now businesses that want to hire an apprentice need three journeymen electricians. When bill 47 passes it will be one journeyman to one apprentice.

Eric DenOuden says: "the move is necessary to address the expected shortage of skilled trades workers - We know that we’ve got about 85,000 tradespeople retiring in the next 10 years and they have to be replaced we also know that there’s an increased population and more houses are needed."

Read the entire Global News story here: New economic minister says scrapping Ontario College of Trades is good for business

"The Ontario College of Trades is the amalgamation of years of advocacy and planning by skilled tradespeople of this province. The training, support and oversight of the College are mandatory to ensuring public safety and the future of excellence in Ontario trades," said Dave Cassidy, Unifor National Skilled Trades Chairperson. 
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. Unifor represents more than 50,000 skilled trades workers and apprentices in 63 types of skilled across Canada working in over 20 sectors. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
Read the entire Unifor article here: Doug Ford's plan to scrap Ontario College of Trades would harm Ontario skilled trade workers