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College of Trades: An Impossible Institution

Research Publication, Work and Economics

Ontario's College of Trades will not be effective in solving the very real problems with trades in Ontario, and will almost definitely increase the financial and regulatory burden on an already troubled sector. The COT is a far-reaching piece of legislation offering little confidence the College will objectively and responsibly manage Ontario's trades.


Erratum: The final paragraph on p. 23 contained an error. Originally it read:

What can be noted is that the current cost for journeypersons to maintain their certification is approximately $60.00 per annum. Assuming both that the College wishes to keep its fees within range of the current cost of maintaining one's certificate of qualification and that it wishes to pursue an expanded mandate, it is fair to ask whether or not the recommended fee will be sufficient to achieve its objects. It is also fair to ask, given the unlikelihood of the College being able to achieve an expanded mandate with an additional $40 per member, whether the College might fail to achieve its objects, or if it will be forced to levy fees which will exceed—perhaps significantly exceed—the current cost borne by tradespersons and employers in Ontario.

The corrected version now reads:

What can be noted is that the current cost for journeypersons to maintain their certification is approximately $60.00 per three years. Two implications flow from this. The first is that it is virtually impossible, even at one hundred dollars, to ensure the College's fees will be cost neutral to tradespersons. Second, it is fair to ask whether the recommended fee will be sufficient to achieve the College's vast mandate and the plethora objectives it must achieve to be successful or if it will be forced to levy fees which will exceed—perhaps significantly exceed—the current cost borne by tradespersons and employers in Ontario.

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