Peterborough Chamber Roundtable Sessions: College of Trades

On Friday, May 29, 2015, the Peterborough Chamber of Commerce hosted David Tsubouchi, CEO of the Ontario College of Trades and a number of Chamber members for a discussion about the College of Trades and its impact on business.  

Mr. Tsubouchi started the discussion with an overview of the College and its mandate, including how it was formed, not by the trades, but by government to ensure public safety and promote the skilled trades.  The College also has a mandate to enforce that all skilled trades workers are properly licensed.  

“To support the success of the College of Trades as it moves into its second year, we will appoint a special advisor to review the College’s application process and scope of practice of trades, including how the scope of practice relates to enforcement," said Premier Kathleen Wynne in announcing the Dean Review. "We will pause the certification of new compulsory trades during this review.” 

The Dean Review, lead by Tony Dean is currently touring the province and receiving input from chambers of commerce and employers.  

Some of the topics on the table during the Peterborough roundtable last week included:


  • Apprenticeship ratios 
  • Apprenticeship programming 
  • The negative perception around the value of the College of Trades
  • How the Review Panels are formed
  • Why employers are not joining the College
  • Employers struggle to take on new grads because of apprenticeship ratios, despite great programs such as those at Fleming College
  • Concerns about the rural community voice heard at the review panel for apprenticeship ratios


Concerns about enforcement tactics and procedures In the end, it was obvious that there is a lot riding on this latest review. Written submissions are closed and consultations  have wrapped up, but the Dean Review is expected to be released in the fall of 2015.  

Comment through the "Peteborough Chamber" group of LinkedIn. 

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