Memo to Ontario Premier-Elect Doug Ford: The Ontario College of Trades is “extortion and nothing less!”
Four years ago, the Ontario PC party was all about abolishing the Ontario College of Trades. Not much has been heard about that from Doug Ford.
During the 2014 Ontario election, then-PC leader Tim Hudak promised to abolish the controversial Ontario College of Trades (OCOT), saying it was not much more than a duplicate organization to levy additional fees on trades who were/are already regulated by other organizations.
(Editor’s Note: Hudak was right.)
But in this recent Ontario election, OCOT was barely mentioned.
Contractors have been posting suggestions as to what Premier-Elect Doug Ford should try to accomplish as soon as possible. Abolishing OCOT is on our readers’ minds. It’s not even certain that Ford has even heard of OCOT.
Here is a post that could serve as Doug Ford’s introduction to the issue…
The Ontario College of Trades gives us less than the Ontario Ministry of Labour did at many times the cost. After a five-year apprentiship, a six-hour C of Q exam, and 39 years of experience, some clerk is going to take my certificate of qualification away from me? That’s extortion and nothing less.