ON Health and Safety Inspectors Given Job of Checking Skilled Trade Credentials

Labour Minister Monte McNaughton confirmed that starting in 2022, the task of verifying the credentials for skilled trades workers in Ontario will be given to health and safety inspectors while the province continues working to create its new Skilled Trades Ontario agency to replace the Ontario College of Trades.

This summer, it was revealed that despite certain mandatory qualifications to work in particular trades, enforcement of those qualifications effectively ended after the PCs took power in 2018 and began winding down the Ontario College of Trades. Next year, the task will be passed to the same inspectors responsible for health and safety checks at restaurants.

To help accomplish this, McNaughton announced the hiring of 100 new inspectors on Monday, bringing the total in the province to 507, the most the province has ever had.

For more information, contact Chelsea Goberdhan at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 236, or email  cgoberdhan@hrai.ca.

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