Monte McNaughton, Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, introduced Bill 288 on May 6 at Queen’s Park, which will replace the College of Trades with a new agency.
It was welcome news by the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association (TADA), which sees the bill (Building Opportunities in the Skilled Trades Act, 2021) as an opportunity to both improve and simplify the move or path towards a career in the trades.
“Ontario’s new car dealers have opposed the College of Trades long before it opened its doors in 2013,” said Frank Notte, Director of Government Relations in a news release. “It duplicated systems already in place and provided no real value in promoting the trades to the next generation of auto technicians.”
Notte said TADA was pleased to see Bill 288 move enforcement back to the Ministry of Labour, leveraging existing resources, and also eliminate duplication. He said the new agency — Skilled Trades Ontario — should offer a “streamlined, efficient and one-stop shop” to do this.
“By working towards a one-stop shop and digitizing service delivery, this new client-centred approach will ensure the system meets the needs of those involved in the trades,” said Notte.