The Building Opportunities in the Skilled Trades Act, 2021
has resulted in significant changes to the trades registration system in Ontario. One of the biggest changes is that Skilled Trades Ontario will not be operating on a membership model. To practice a compulsory trade in Ontario you will need to have a valid Registered Training Agreement, Provisional Certificate of Qualification or Certificate of Qualification. Only the information for individuals practicing compulsory trades will appear on the Skilled Trades Ontario Public Register, and renewals will only be required for Certificates of Qualification in compulsory trades. Skilled Trades Ontario will issue Certificates of Qualification in compulsory and non-compulsory trades with exams.
Additionally, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development has assumed responsibility for compliance and enforcement through its Occupational Health and Safety Inspectorate. If you would like to report that work in a trade was not completed according to safety regulations or is not within the scope of practice for that trade, please contact the Occupational Health and Safety Contact Centre within the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development toll-free at: 1-877-202-0008. Alternatively, you can file a workplace health and safety complaint online.