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Be Heard: Ontario is replacing its College of Trades – What would you like to see?

HRAI is inviting individuals related to the HVAC/R industry to online sessions on Wednesday, December 16th to share their thoughts on how Ontario's skilled trades sector should be governed.

December 2, 2020   By HPAC Magazine

HRAIDo you have thoughts about how the skilled trades sector in Ontario should be governed?

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is inviting any and all individuals related to the HVAC/R industry to share their thoughts on how Ontario’s skilled trades sector should be supervised. The HRAI is holding three online sessions on Wednesday, December 16th (7 am, 12-noon, and 5 pm) with an open invitation to members of the HVAC/R industry in Ontario to voice their ideas.

Some questions the HRAI would like to ask include:

  • Should the trades be self-regulated similar to the engineers, architects, doctors, nurses and other professionals? If so, what is a fair annual fee?
  • Do you care about compliance and enforcement? How do enforcement agencies track down ‘trunk slammers’ to ensure compliance?
  • How can the sector ensure that internationally trained HVAC/R technicians’ skills and qualifications are fairly and rigorously assessed?
  • Are micro-credentialing and portable skills sets good ideas or will this lead to a deskilling of the HVAC/R and other trades?

Through its provincial government relations initiatives, HRAI has the ear of the Ontario government and it wants to ensure the HVAC/R industry’s voice is heard and understood.

For more information: hrai.ca

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