About the Review

Terms of Reference

For the Review of Issues Related to the Scopes of Practice and the Classification/Reclassification of Trades

The Government of Ontario is committed to supporting the Ontario College of Trades (College). In the 2014 Plan for Ontario ("Opportunity for All: A Jobs and Investment Plan for Ontario"), the Premier made the following platform commitment:

"To support the success of the College of Trades as it moves into its second year, we will appoint a special advisor to review the College's application process and scope of practice of trades, including how the scope of practice relates to enforcement. We will pause the certification of new compulsory trades during this review."

In light of his credentials and experience and following thoughtful and careful consideration, Tony Dean is being appointed as Reviewer by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

The College was established to give skilled tradespeople a voice and control over their own industries. The analysis, advice and recommendations of the Reviewer will support the continued success of the College and help modernize the skilled trades system in Ontario and maximize the effectiveness of the College in carrying out its objects and functions and fulfilling its duty to serve and protect the public interest under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (OCTAA).

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of the review?

To support the success of the College of Trades as it moves into its second year, and based on the feedback of skilled tradespeople, Ontario has appointed Mr. Tony Dean to review issues related to:

  • the scope of practice of trades, and
  • the process and criteria for review panels discussing the classification or reclassification of trades as compulsory or voluntary.

The scope of the review is limited to these specific areas of the College’s mandate.

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