Consultations underway for trade classification review process through OCOT, classification roster

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Some of the approximately 4,000 certified trades workers who protested on Nov. 30 against OCOT legislation that received Royal Assent on Dec. 8. Consultations are under-way to set out the compulsory certification classification process under the new legislation

The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) has invited feedback on a proposed OCOT Board of Governors regulation to set out the process for the organization’s referral of trade classification review requests to the new Classification Roster the Ministry of Labour will be creating.

Meanwhile, the provincial government “is developing a separate regulation that will set out the process and criteria that the actual independent panels will use when determining what the classification of a trade should be,” the OCOT says in an announcement.  Further information about this process is here.

These regulations will become important elements in the challenging and controversial aspect of determining whether a trade (or part of a trade) should be declared compulsory — an issue that vexed the OCOT and industry groups, leading to an extensive review and revised legislation governing the OCOT which became law late last year.

The response deadline for both consultations is July 30.

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