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As was noted previously, the provincial government shuffled its cabinet in the fall and there were changes to two provincial ministries that oversee and regulate the HVACR sector.  The Hon. Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development is the minister with responsibility for the skilled trades sector. 

In November, Minister McNaughton paused the consultations regarding the Ontario College of Trades which were anticipated to begin in early 2020.  Instead, the minister is conducting a ‘listening tour’ to seek to better understand issues regarding and related to the skilled trades, labour and training sectors.   HRAI has asked to be included in this listening tour.

In a discussion with the minister’s office last week, Minister McNaughton’s staff confirmed that the consultations on the Ontario College of Trades remain paused for the foreseeable future.  The Minister and his team continue to reevaluate this file and the process by which the ministry will provide sector oversight.

HRAI continues to seek clarification and will stay in contact with the Minister’s office regarding the next steps and will provide updates as they are available.

HRAI’s members have clearly indicated that they place a high value on the advocacy work HRAI conducts on their behalf.  We want to ensure members are aware of our Government Relations activities.  We value your input and any information and feedback you would like to contribute.  Your feedback and support of HRAI’s advocacy efforts is important as we continue to grow our voice on your behalf.

HRAI’s consistent message to elected officials, policy advisors and civil servants is to consult with HRAI and its members to enhance their understanding of the HVACR sector.  This will better inform provincial policy and legislation.

Taking a proactive, ongoing, consultative approach will ensure we remain aware and informed of the provincial government’s direction on various issues.  More importantly, it will work to ensure the various ministers and ministry staff are better educated and informed about the policy needs of our sector. 

For more information, contact Dorothy McCabe, the Government Relations Specialist at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 223 or e-mail: dmccabe@hrai.ca.