How’s that for ethics from the Ontario College of Trades? My CARAHS members are hopping mad!
"I was forced to renew my license, even though the one I had in my hand indicated two more years before renewal."
In an article by Diana Mehta of the Canadian Press published May 5, 2013, Ron Johnson, chair of the Ontario College of Trades’ board of governors is quoted as saying, “You’re looking at an industry, in terms of the trade community that really hasn’t had any enforcement of any nature.”
Sir, how can you possibly make such a blatantly untrue assertion? How can your words be true when the Ontario Ministry of Labour have 140 inspectors on the ground right now in the construction industry available to confirm documentation and enforce the law! And the MoL have been effectively doing this work for years!
The article says, furthermore, that “An enforcement team is being trained and will eventually have about 150 officers investigating complaints and cracking down on those working without necessary certifications, although those actions will be phased in.“
Eventually? Phased in? Bluntly, I say the College’s current 20 enforcement officers are no match for those 140 Ministry of Labour inspectors who are being phased out.
Let me give the final word to one of my CARAHS members who writes: “I was forced to renew my license, even though the one I had in my hand indicated two more years before renewal. How’s that for ethics from the Ontario College of Trades?”
It seems like a money grab and more bureaucracy in my opinion.
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