Fees no longer need to be remitted to Ontario’s defunct College of Trades as the provincial government dots the I’s and crosses the T’s of the institution’s closing.
Effective April 12, at the request of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities Merrilee Fullerton, the fee structure was eliminated for most skilled trade workers and suspended for the balance.
Fees were eliminated for apprentices, journeyperson candidates (those who are finished their apprenticeship but have not yet written their Certificate of Qualification exam), and tradespersons (those who have completed apprenticeship in trades where licensing is not mandatory).
For journeypersons in trades that require licensing, such as automotive service, fees were cut in half, from $120 a year to $60. But those fees are not being collected right now.
In order to implement the technical changes necessary to enable the change in fees the college has placed a temporary pause on membership fee collection. The college has ceased sending out invoices and will not accept payments until the new rate kicks in, sometime before July 5, 2019.
Fees will accrue during the suspension of collections, and will be due after it ends.
The changes were announced as the government introduced Bill 100, an act to implement recent budget measures and to enact, amend, and repeal various statutes. It was introduced by the province’s Minister of Finance, Victor Fedeli, and passed first reading on April 11.
Schedule 40 of that act details the closing of the Ontario College of Trades, and the introduction of a “Modernizing the Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2019” which, if passed, would establish a new governance model for the skilled trades and apprenticeship system. This would be a Ministry-led delivery model with industry input in training programs and regulation.
You can find the bill as Schedule 40 at this link.
According to a release from the provincial government, during the transition period the college will continue to deliver on its core services, including:
* Issuing or renewing certificates of qualification and other credentials,
* Verifying credentials on worksites for compulsory trades,
* Undertaking trade equivalency assessments, and,
* Supporting labour mobility through credential verification