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Reviewer appointed for the Ontario College of Trades


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October 23, 2014

In her 2014 Plan for Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne made a commitment to support the success of the College through the appointment of a special advisor to conduct a review. As a result, Ontario has appointed former Secretary of Cabinet and Head of the Ontario Public Service, Tony Dean, to review key areas of Ontario’s skilled trades system that fall within the mandate of the Ontario College of Trades (the College). Dean will review issues related to the scopes of practice – or type of work performed in a trade, as well as the process for determining whether certification should be compulsory or voluntary to practice a trade.

“As with any new organization — and given its unique mandate — the College has also taken this first year to learn and identify areas for improvement.  Based on our own observations, feedback from industry stakeholders and from comments from our first independent trade classification review panel decision, we believe there is an opportunity to improve some of our processes with regards to determining scopes of practice and trade classification reviews,” said the College’s CEO and Registrar David Tsubouchi.

The trade classification review process will be paused during his work but the College will continue to fulfill its mandate while this work is underway. Dean will consult with stakeholders and receive support from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and the College of Trades, but will function independently of both. The appointment begins in October 2014 and will continue for one calendar year. He will then deliver his report to the College of Trades and the ministry. The College will have the opportunity to review his findings and implement key recommendations.

Dean currently teaches at the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto. He advises governments on public service reform and building capacity for policy-making and delivery. In 2010, Dean led an expert panel review of Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act, and in 2013 completed a governance review of OMERS, one of Canada’s largest pension plans. 

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Quick Facts

  • More than 28,000 new apprentices registered in 2013-14, up from 17,100 registrations in 2002-03.
  • There are more than 150 apprenticeship trades in four sectors: construction, industrial/manufacturing, motive power and service.

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