January 11, 2017
HRAI E-news reports that: On November 16th the Government of Ontario introduced an omnibus bill aimed at implementing certain budget measures and clarifying a number of laws and regulations. Bill 70 passed second reading on November 30 and third reading on December 8.
Buried in this omnibus bill was a section (Section 17) which makes significant changes to the Ontario College of Trades and Apprentice Act, 2009.
Though the speedy passage of this bill probably reflected the government’s desire to move on a number of budget and housekeeping matters (it contains many elements), it provided no opportunity for industry to consult or advise on the desirability of proposed changes to OCOT.
Upon first review, the changes appear to have been made at least in part in response to the recommendations made by the Tony Dean Review, which was completed in November, 2015. At that time, the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities vowed to act on most, if not all, of the recommendations. Since then, accountability for OCOT has migrated to the Ontario Minister of Labour, but few other changes were made.
The amendments to the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 include:
According to the OCOT website, the College will be working on the following initiatives over the next six months:
· A comprehensive compliance and enforcement policy to be publicly posted on the College’s website;
· The College and the Classification Roster, through the Ministry of Labour, will release the process and criteria for trades to request a review of their classification;
· As of June 6, 2017, College inspectors will have the ability to issue Notices of Contravention reflecting administrative monetary penalties, rather than tickets with fines…READ MORE