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Defining professional misconduct


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November 14, 2012

Defining professional misconduct for the purposes of the Ontario College of Trades’ complaints and discipline process is part of the College’s role as a self-regulating professional body. The Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (OCTAA) has granted Ontario’s 157 trades the ability to self-regulate by establishing the College. OCTAA also states that any person has the ability to file a written complaint regarding the conduct or actions of a member of the College. Only allegations of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity can be considered, investigated and sanctioned by the College. Currently, OCTAA only provides a partial definition of professional misconduct. The College is proposing a Board regulation that outlines the definition of Professional Misconduct and what acts and behaviours are not permitted for members of the College. The regulation aims to protect the public interest, as well as outline the procedures for the College to receive and investigate complaints, render decisions and impose sanctions on members, if necessary. Send your comments in by December 3, 2012.


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