Notice of the intent to extend the review of journeyperson to apprentice ratios as established under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009, for 12 months, for 33 construction sector trades
Bill or Act:
Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009
Summary of Proposal:
The purpose of this notice is to inform employers, unions, journeypersons, apprentices and other stakeholders of the Minister's intention to establish a regulation that would extend, by 12 months, the Board's requirement to establish panels to initiate a review of journeyperson to apprentice ratios for 33 construction sector trades. The trades subject to a journeyperson to apprentice ratio are established under the Minister's regulation, O. Reg.175/11, Prescribed Trades and Related Matters.
The Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (OCTAA) requires the Board of the Ontario College of Trades (the College) to initiate a review, at least once every 4 years, of each ratio that has been prescribed. The Board completed its initial round of ratio reviews in 2014 and filed its first ratio regulation, O. Reg. 104/14, in April 2014. The next cycle of ratio reviews is to be initiated by April 2018.
Journeyperson to apprentice ratios are set out in a Board regulation, O. Reg. 104/14, and prescribe the number of apprentices who may be sponsored or employed in relation to the number of journeypersons employed by the person (e.g., sponsor/employer).
Ratios are set and reviewed through a process overseen and managed by the College; however, expert and industry opinion is provided through independent review panels that follow a criteria-based process involving industry and public consultations, according to the Board's regulation, O. Reg. 458/11.
On February 5, 2018, the College's Board of Governors asked the Minister of Labour to exercise his authority to extend the initiation of the next cycle of ratio reviews. The purpose of the proposed extension is to enable the College to review and assess the criteria and process established in regulation O. Reg. 458/11, and recommended by Tony Dean in his 2015 report to the Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development, "Supporting a Strong and Sustainable Ontario College of Trades," (the Dean Review). The Minister has the authority to extend the period referred to in subsection 60 (4) of OCTAA.
The proposed Minister's regulation would extend the cycle of ratio reviews by 12 months (April 2019) and provide the College with an opportunity to thoroughly review the process and criteria related to ratio reviews, as recommended in the Dean Review.
March 5, 2018
Comments Due Date:
April 3, 2018
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