COCA supports OCOT review and Tony Dean’s selection


    Ontario Construction Report staff writer

    The Council of Ontario Construction Associations (COCA) says it supports the Ontario government’s decision to appoint a special advisor to review the scope of practice and process for trade status review within the Ontario College of Trades.

    The OCOT “has proved a decisive issue for construction (and) a thorough, public review involving stakeholders and with an eye to improving processes will go a long way to earning the confidence of the construction industry,” said COCA chair Don Gosen.  “The College as an organization is in its infancy.  We’re pleased the government recognizes that now is the time to review, reflect and improve.

    “Tony Dean did an incredible job leading to the Expert Panel on Occupational Health and Safety in 2010 and the recommendations that came out of the panel’s work were first rate, said COCA president Ian Cunningham.  “His appointment to lead the OCOT review gives us confidence that it will be conducted in an open and transparent manner and that all stakeholders will be well engaged.”


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