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ONTARIO COLLEGE of TRADES Building Our Future. Ontario College of Trades: An Introduction. Brand new organization Made for Ontario’s tradespeople Made by Ontario’s tradespeople Over 500,000 potential members. The History. Government approved apprenticeships

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Ontario college of trades building our future


Ontario college of trades an introduction

Ontario College of Trades: An Introduction

  • Brand new organization

  • Made for Ontario’s tradespeople

  • Made by Ontario’s tradespeople

  • Over 500,000 potential members

The history

The History

  • Government approved apprenticeships

  • Government approved trades processes

The big shift

The Big Shift

  • October 2009: Legislation passed

  • Ontario College of Trades created, so trades responsible for themselves

  • An Appointments Council, will create the framework for the college, and will act as a transitional board of directors for the new organization



  • January 2011: Creating teams of advisors from every trade

  • Summer 2012: Ontario College of Trades fully operational

The new ocot who we ll be

The New OCoT: Who We’ll Be

  • 500,000 potential members

  • 150 Apprenticeship Trades – 21 compulsory

  • In Four Key Sectors:

    • Construction

    • Industrial

    • Motive Power

    • Service

Ocot it s our future better standards for work learning and safety

OCOT: It’s Our FutureBetter Standards for Work, Learning and Safety

  • Skills and capabilities for each trade, determined by experts in that trade – tradespeople and employers

  • Ensure highest standard of learning, performance and safety – what matters when you’re on the job

  • Better serve tradespeople, employers, apprentices and consumers in Ontario

It s our future promotion and perception

It’s Our Future: Promotion and Perception

  • Promote the knowledge and professionalism offered by skilled tradespeople

  • Increase respect and appreciation for the trades

It s our future recruitment and awareness

It’s Our Future: Recruitment and Awareness

  • Promote jobs in the trades as exciting, challenging, rewarding careers

  • Raise awareness about the trades and increase respect

  • Increase number and quality of applicants to the trades

  • Invigorate the aging workforce

Recruitment and awareness workforce demographics

Recruitment and Awareness: Workforce Demographics

Source: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Recruitment and awareness journeyperson demographics

Recruitment and Awareness:Journeyperson Demographics

Source: Statistics Canada: Labour Force Survey, MTCU: Apprenticeship Support Application Database

Recruitment and awareness forecast attrition rates

Recruitment and Awareness:Forecast Attrition Rates

Source: HRSDC, Canadian Occupational Projections System, 2009 Ontario Reference Scenario

Note: Attrition rate is calculated as number of projected retirements and deaths between 2009 and 2018 relative to the employment level in 2008. These occupational groups are broader than the specific trade categories.

It s our future growth and influence

It’s Our Future: Growth and Influence

  • A strong voice for the skilled tradespeople of Ontario

  • A body larger than that of any other college, including influential organizations like the College of Teachers, Nurses or the College of Physicians and Surgeons

  • Increase profile and influence for the trades in the working of the province and in the public consciousness

Opportunities start today

Opportunities Start Today

  • OCOT is our/your organization

  • As members, we all have a voice

  • Today, we need people in all four sectors to get involved

  • We need your help to make the College work!

The governance structure

The Governance Structure

Board of Governors

21 members

4 per division

4 laypersons

1 public college

How will the College

be set up?

Divisional Board


4 members

Member, Board of Governors

Divisional Board

Motive Power

4 members

Member, Board of Governors

Divisional Board


4 members

Member, Board of Governors

Divisional Board


4 members

Member, Board of Governors

Trade Boards

Individual Trades Represented

4-12 members each

Equal number of employers, employees




  • OCOT is the future of the trades, and for the trades in Ontario

  • Implications for how the trades work and learn

  • Opportunity for new influence and understanding of trades and tradespeople

  • You can help make it happen – and make it happen right

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