Ontario contractors, including self-employed home renovation contractors, are facing draconian times now that Kathleen Wynne’s Liberals have a majority government, following the June 12 election.
The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) may well bring down the guillotine on all those doing carpentry or any kind or drywalling without a Certificate of Qualification in those trades, meaning they have not served their time as journeymen/women and got their papers.
Up to 90% of construction in Ontario is done by people who don’t hold a Certificate of Qualification in carpentry, something that will be compulsory if the College of Trades follows through with its plan. Shortly before the election, the PC’s Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship critic Garfield Dunlop (a licensed plumber before he became an MPP) warned that, if this plan goes through, tens of thousands of Ontario construction employees would have to obtain certification to continue working legally in Ontario if their trade were to be listed as compulsory by the college. Dunlop was re-elected, but now the Liberals have a majority.
Back in February, the OCOT confirmed that a motion was passed seeking a trade classification review for “general carpentry.”
This is so absolutely insane and the day this guillotine blade drops, you and your business will become illegal immediately if you are not in compliance. There is no grandfathering of your years of experience into the equation. It’s certification or instant unemployment! Continuing to work as you do means you automatically join the underground market.
It will be a dark day for Ontario renovators if this moment occurs. It’s then a choice between working illegally or not being able to put food on the table for your family as a general renovator – or, a third option, to sub out all your carpentry work, no matter how small a part of the job that might be.
In my opinion, over-regulation by government can kill an industry. The OCOT is part of the problem for our industry, not part of the solution.
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This is so absolutely insane and the day this guillotine blade drops, you and your business will become illegal immediately if you