Canadian Contractor

Steve Payne   

Post of the week: More disturbing facts from Joe Greps on the Ontario College of Trades

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The Ontario Ministry of Labour very definitely was in the business of checking contractors' credentials, Greps says. And, no, the Ontario College of Trades does not currently have the funding to do all of the things it says it is going to do.

Editor’s Note:  A reader posted a comment here last week that questioned our reader Joe Greps’ claim that Ontario Ministry of Labour construction inspectors were tasked with checking tradespersons’ credentials.  (The Ontario College of Trades is now taking that over, and the Ontario MoL is getting out of that task.) The reader also questioned Joe’s claim that the Ontario College of Trades cannot possibly fulfil its mandate without significant new revenue streams.

Joe quite adamantly defended his claims, with documentation, as below:




The MOL most certainly does check tradespeople for licencing and I have myself been carded multiple times during my 25 years in the trades.

As far as my numbers are concerned I will stand by them, if you want facts you can freely review the Colleges recent registrars report at:

Things you might want to note from it:

“Sixteen Enforcement Officers have started field related activity throughout the province.” “The budget provides for a second wave of recruiting of additional officers, subject to the College meeting its revenue projections.”

Revenues from April 8 – May 29 were $2.3M (works out to about $.3M a week or $16M a year)

Exactly as I called it.

Other interesting things from the report:

“The College is required (under Section 25.5 of the Act) to have a Chief Diversity Officer (CDO)”

They have to contribute $250000 a year to continue with Red Seal exams.

Prosecution of members requires the College to invest in everything from legal services to evidence lockups.

Strikes me that $16M has to go a long way, I guess that is opinion but I will make mine clear – there is no way this College can appropriately meet their mandate with their given budget.


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