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HRAI is pleased to learn that the Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, the Hon. Monte McNaughton, has re-opened all 24 provincial centers for apprenticeship and trade-related certifications. 

Throughout the summer, in meetings with numerous Ontario MPPs HRAI raised concerns about persistent delays that were affecting new apprentice registrations and current employees seeking to renew their certifications.  (Some of these delays may have been attributed to COVID-19 but they also appear to have been caused by a painfully slow transition of staff from the Ontario College of Trades to the Ministry of Labour.)  Most recently, on August 6, HRAI staff Martin Luymes and Dorothy McCabe and HRAI member Roger Grochmal met with MPP Jane McKenna, Parliamentary Assistant to Minister McNaughton to outline the challenges these delays were creating.

Apprentices and skilled tradespeople can now book their final exams at their local apprenticeship office.  Due to COVID-19, a six month extension period was provided to apprentices and journeypersons who would have normally written the trade exam within the 12 month time frame.

Minister McNaughton noted that safety measures at the examination sites will be respected which includes the wearing of masks, spacing exam desks at least two metres apart and ensuring the examinees in a room at one time are limited.

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For more information, contact Dorothy McCabe, Government Relations Specialist, Ontario, at dmccabe@hrai.ca, or by phone at 1-800-602-4700 ext 274 or via Twitter at @dorothymccabe

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