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Ontario’s Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, the Hon. Monte McNaughton and Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues, the Hon. Jill Dunlop announced the appointments of a new “Skilled Trades Panel” whose members will advise Ministers McNaughton and Dunlop on how to modernize and improve the skilled trades and apprenticeship system.

For two years, HRAI has called for action on this front.  Most recently, via meetings throughout the summer with MPPs, during HRAI’s March 4th “Day at Queen’s Park” and in submissions to the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs, HRAI requested that the provincial government:

  1. Resume discussions regarding issues surrounding skills training, governance, and regulation – i.e. developing the infrastructure to replace the Ontario College of Trades; and
  2. Initiate consultations regarding skills training governance and regulation to create a system that works for employers, tradespersons and apprentices, while ensuring a high standard of safety for the people of Ontario.

The Five-Member Panel consists of: Michael Sherrard (Chair), a founding member of Sherrard Kuzz LLP; Melanie Winter, Regional Human Resources Director with Cascades for Western and Central Canada; Jason Ottey, Director of Government Relations and Communications for Laborers' International Union of North America (LiUNA) Local 183; Melissa Young, Executive Director of the National Electrical Trade Council; and Shaun Scott:  Director of Organizational Development, Linamar.

For full details on this additional investment in the Skilled Trades, please click here.