International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario

November 20, 2015 16:13 ET

Government Rush to Implement Dean Report on Ontario College of Trades a Mistake

Significant Restructuring Recommendations Being Made Without Trades' Input

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Nov. 20, 2015) - The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Construction Council of Ontario (IBEW CCO) is extremely disappointed to learn that the Ontario government is moving forward on implementing a review of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) prepared by Tony Dean for Training, Colleges and University Minister, Reza Moridi.

"We expected the government would invite comments on Dean's proposal so there could be broad industry consultation and acceptance. Instead, we are being told this is the way it's going to be," said John Grimshaw, Executive Secretary Treasurer for the IBEW CCO.

The Ontario College of Trades is a professional regulatory body that protects the public by regulating and promoting the skilled trades. One of OCOT's main responsibilities is to ensure that individuals performing the skills of compulsory trades have the training and certification required to legally practice this trade in Ontario.

"We are very concerned that there are significant changes being proposed in the Dean Report that will affect us and other trades," Grimshaw pointed out. "Yet, the industry is being presented with the report without the opportunity to comment on significant changes that will affect us. That is a mistake."

The College of Trades is designed to act as a self-regulating body mandated to oversee and modernize skilled trades in Ontario, while protecting the public interest. The IBEW CCO and other trades supported the creation of the OCOT, since it would lead to better consumer protection and promotion of the skilled trades.

"Tony Dean is an experienced bureaucrat that has served Ontarians well, but he is not representative of the various trades and, therefore, does not appreciate the complexity of the issues involved. By moving forward quickly and unilaterally the government risks creating irreparable harm to Ontario's construction industry," Grimshaw warns.

The IBEW CCO represents eleven IBEW Local Unions across the Province of Ontario, serving over 16,000 men and women working in various electrical sectors: Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI), Maintenance, Residential, Communications, Linework and Renewable Energy/Solar.

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