According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation News, Ontario has not implemented regulations requiring electricians, auto mechanics and plumbers to obtain certification for three consecutive years.
The implementation of Ontario’s mandatory certification of licensed industries ceased immediately after Governor Doug Ford’s government came to power.
This means that since mid-2018, the provincial government has supervised whether people working in a licensed industry in Ontario are truly qualified to do this work.
“It’s like an environmental bill without enforcement,” said Patrick Dillon, the business manager of the Provincial Construction and Construction Industry Council, which is a union organization.
Dillon said in an interview: “You can’t have a trade qualification law and compulsory license trade without law enforcement.”
Inadequate enforcement not only affects businessmen, but may also affect anyone who employs electricians, plumbers, or mechanics.
Lou Trottier, owner of All About Imports, a car service garage in Mississauga, Ontario, said: “As a consumer, you need to pay a high price to repair your car.” “If you find that this is done by an unqualified, unlicensed person. Yes, then your mouth smells a little bit stinky, isn’t it?”
The Ontario Institute of Trade (OCOT) is responsible for implementing the province’s technical trade certification rules, which was established in 2009.
During the campaign, Ford promised to cancel the university, calling it a cumbersome corporate red tape. His government passed legislation in the fall of 2018, and it began to come to an end.
However, OCOT still exists and should continue to perform its core responsibilities, including enforcing certificates in compulsory licensing industries.
Ontario requires certification 23 licensed industries, Including electricians, plumbers, crane operators, refrigeration technicians, hair stylists, and a range of automotive jobs such as brakes, transmissions and body repairs.
It is illegal to engage in any such transactions in Ontario without proper certification. It is also illegal for employers to hire people who are not authorized to work in these industries.
“One of the college’s main responsibilities is to ensure that individuals engaged in compulsory industry skills obtain the training and certification required to legally engage in the industry in Ontario,” the latest statement on the OCOT website said.
There is little evidence that the agency has fulfilled this responsibility in the past three years.
In 2015 and 2016, more than 4,200 people engaged in licensed industries without proper authorization each year in university inspectors. This is the last year for which data is available.
Before the election of the Ford government, university law enforcement officers had to conduct thousands of visits to construction sites, auto repair shops and body repair shops every year to verify the qualifications of skilled craftsmen.
Government officials admitted that although the law still exists, law enforcement has ceased.
“Since we formed the government, OCOT inspectors have played an educational role,” said Ryan Whealy, acting press secretary for Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labor, Training and Skills Development, in a statement.
Whealy said: “We clearly hear from workers and management that OCOT, including its enforcement, is heavily politicized and ineffective.”
The lack of enforcement in the past three years has frustrated businessmen who continue to pay mandatory annual fees to maintain their licenses in Ontario. The cost of US$120 will be reduced to US$60 in 2019.
Dillon described it as a legal theft. He said: “When you pay for something and you don’t get it, it’s just a breach of contract.”
He acknowledged that there may have been law enforcement problems in the past, but believes that these problems “should be resolved, not to blow up the college.”
Trotier said the lack of law enforcement annoyed him. “I follow the rules. I am a stickler to the rules. I also hope that everyone is forced to follow the rules,” he said.
The Ford government recently announced that the Ontario Institute of Trade will be replaced by a new royal institution called Ontario Skills Trade from January 1, 2022.
This Legislation of the new agency Indicates that the certification will remain mandatory in the designated industry, and McNaughton promised to enforce it.
“As we move forward this summer, we will ensure compliance and enforcement of regulations,” McNaughton told CBC News on Tuesday.
“I can assure everyone who works in the industry that we will ensure law enforcement on the job site.”
A kind Panel commissioned by the Ontario government It is recommended that the new agency focus on industry training and certification, and delegate the responsibility for enforcement to the Occupational Health and Safety Inspection Bureau of the Ministry of Labor.
Trottier questioned the effectiveness of the academy’s implementation of compulsory certification in the field of automotive services. “I think if you ask ordinary technicians what Ontario Trade Institute actually does for them, they will shake their heads and say,’I don’t know.'”
Although he believes that the lack of enforcement in the past three years is unfair, Trottier believes it will not harm his business.
“Around me, some companies use unqualified employees,” Trottier said. “I would be very happy if the Ontario Trade College could go in and correct this problem. But in the final analysis, it would not have a big impact on me, because I only use employees who meet customer expectations.”