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Dean Review Consultation Questions

Written submission to Dean review

Submission number: DR-45

Name of organisation making submission: DR-45 Ontario Electrical League

Responses to questions in submission form


Section A - The Public Interest in this Review

1. What do you understand by public interest?

Respondent referred to an appended document


2. Who should the College serve? Who is “the public” in the public interest and what groups make up the public?

Respondent referred to an appended document


3. How should the College make decisions in the public interest where different segments of the public may have opposing interests?

Respondent referred to an appended document


4. Is the College currently protecting the public interest?

Respondent referred to an appended document


5. How should the College advance the public interest?

Respondent referred to an appended document





Section B - Issues Related to Scopes of Practice (SoPs)

6. What impact do SoPs in regulation have on your daily work activities or on the way you conduct business? What aspects of an SoP are important to the work of your trade? Please explain.

Respondent referred to an appended document


7. Do you agree with the suggestion that trades may have core elements as well as peripheral elements?

Respondent referred to an appended document


8. What should be the key elements of an SoP? In particular, should the SoP for a trade list all of the tasks, activities or functions in which an apprentice should be trained, only those that are unique to the trade, or only those that may pose a risk of harm to the public, tradespeople or other workers on the job? Please explain.

Respondent referred to an appended document


9. How should a review or change in SoP be carried out?

Respondent referred to an appended document


10. Can or should the existing SoP provisions support the College’s diverse functions (e.g., apprenticeship training, enforcement, classification reviews)? Please explain.

Respondent referred to an appended document


11. Should the entire SoP for a compulsory trade be enforceable or be subject to enforcement? Please explain.

Respondent referred to an appended document


12. Could the College benefit from a distinct list of compulsory activities that may pose a risk of harm to the public, tradespeople or other workers on the job? Please explain.

Respondent referred to an appended document


13. What is your understanding of what an overlap between SoPs is?

Respondent referred to an appended document


14. Do overlaps between SoPs in regulation have an impact on your daily work or on the way you conduct business? Please explain.

Respondent referred to an appended document


15. Does the application of the third legal interpretation principle on overlapping SoPs pose a risk of harm to the public, tradespeople, or other workers on the job? Please explain. If so, what can and should be done about it?

Respondent referred to an appended document





Section C - Classification or Reclassification of Trades as Compulsory or Voluntary

16. What makes a compulsory trade compulsory and what makes a voluntary trade voluntary?

Respondent referred to an appended document


17. Is the current classification of trades as either compulsory or voluntary aligned with the College’s duty to serve and protect the public interest?

Respondent referred to an appended document


18. Is it reasonable to assume that there may be elements in the SoP for a trade that are inherently hazardous or that may pose a risk of harm to the public, tradespeople, or other workers on the job?

Respondent referred to an appended document


19. Could compulsory certification be limited to either the core elements of a trade or those tasks, activities, or functions that may pose a risk of harm to the public, tradespeople or other workers on the job? What kind of impact would these approaches have on your daily work or on the way you conduct business?

Respondent referred to an appended document


20. Should the College continue to rely on an adjudicative review panel approach (i.e., the Ontario Labour Relations Board model) or should a different model be considered? Please explain.

Respondent referred to an appended document


21. How should expert opinion be obtained?

Respondent referred to an appended document


22. Are the current criteria for trade classification reviews set out in O. Reg. 458/11 consistent with the public interest? Please explain.

Respondent referred to an appended document


23. Are the criteria specific, clear and measurable enough to inform you of what data and evidence are needed to meet those criteria?

Respondent referred to an appended document


24. Are the existing criteria the right criteria?

Respondent referred to an appended document





Section D - Decisions of the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB)

25. Do the scopes of practice (SoPs) in regulation reflect the way in which work is actually assigned in your trade or sector?

Respondent referred to an appended document


26. Do you agree with the notion that most jurisdictional disputes arise from peripheral elements of the trades? Please explain.

Respondent referred to an appended document


27. What consideration should the College give, if any, to the decisions made by the OLRB in jurisdictional or work assignment disputes under the Labour Relations Act? If the College were to adopt the OLRB's decisions, what impact would that have on your trade and the way you conduct business? Please explain.

Respondent referred to an appended document





Section E - General Response and Comments

28. Please provide additional comments below, if any.

Respondent referred to an appended document