Ontario College of Trades

Ontario established the Ontario College of Trades in 2013, an industry-driven body charged with promoting and modernizing the skilled trades and protecting tradespeople, industry, and above all – the public interest.

The College encourages more people to work in the trades and helps better protect employers, skilled tradespeople, apprentices and consumers.
Since opening its doors for membership in 2013, the College has:

  • Welcomed 237,000 members
  • Maintained a public register of its members with information about the qualifications and membership status of individuals practicing in the trades
  • Overseen reviews of 33 construction trades subject to journeyperson to apprentice ratios
  • Overseen the trade reclassification review for the Sprinkler Fire Protection Installer (SFPI) trade and leading the 2-year implementation (2013 to 2015) of the classification of the SFPI trade from voluntary to compulsory
  • Promoted the trades through campaigns targeting youth and consumers of trades services.

The College offers its members the following benefits:

  • Home, auto and business insurance
  • Health and dental insurance
  • Registered retirement savings plan

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Learn more about appointments to the College

To support the success of the College, Ontario appointed independent reviewer Tony Dean in October 2014 to provide recommendations on how to improve on key areas of the College’s activities and decision-making processes.

Learn more about the 2015 Reviewer’s Report on the College

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