The Generals - Spring/Summer 2016 - (Page 13)
GOVERNMENT RELATIONS REPORT
By David Frame
Dean Refocuses OCOT
on Public Interest
GCA has been a consistent critic
of the Ontario College of Trades
(OCOT) as we do not agree with
its lack of support for the promotion of the trades and its inclination to
increase the difficulty to enter our industry.
The College, in its first four years, has
led with its regulatory mandate. It developed policy and procedures, reviewed all
the apprentice ratios and initiated applications for mandatory certified trades.
The focus has been on establishing
standards focused on quality and safety.
The problem is that unreasonably higher
standards are a growing barrier for those
who would like to enter the trades - the
same trades that the Ontario government
has a mandate to expand and provide
attractive careers to more members of
Tony Dean, in his Review of OCOT, had
the challenge of defining where the balance should be struck. The trades need to
be both accessible and align with appropriate quality and safety objectives. His
solution is to shift the focus from industry
driven to the public interest focus. This is
not a new feature of the mandate, but the
College had failed to include independent
representatives of the public in the governance and decision making process.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Generals - Spring/Summer 2016
Government Relations Report
Events, Upcoming Events & Member Milestones
Following Their Footsteps: A Profile of OGCA Chairman Jason Ball
Meet the 2016 OGCA Board!
COR – The Game Changing Revenue Driver
PCL Raises the Roof on BMO Field
78th Annual AGM & Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.
Investigative Solutions Network Inc. Provides Workplace Threat and Risk Assessment
New Technologies for Builders
How Lean Can Impact Construction
Five Things You Should Know about WSIB’s New Rate Framework
Index to Advertisers
The Generals - Spring/Summer 2016