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TA L K I N G TRADES with Ontario's newest steamfitter, Simone

also C R O S S -T R A D E R S Multiple C of Q holders

CTE P R I GH T UP Program connecting youth to trades careers

RISE OF SMART TECH Impact of changing technology on skilled trades

The deadline for nominations is March 31, 2017. Winners will be announced at the Annual Meeting of Members in London, ON, this summer. The award will honour individuals or organizations that have made an outstanding contribution to skilled trades and apprenticeship training in Ontario. Visit the College’s website for more information on submissions and to download an application form.



Meet three tradespeople with multiple C of Qs


One ‘bad-ass’ steamfitter raves about her job

10 SMART TECH TRADES ARE HERE TO STAY Training becoming critical to stay up-to-date


A love of trades runs deep for the Bellehumeurs 2 MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR

Preparing for a successful year

3 CONSULTATION TIMELINE A look back at legislative amendments



4 PROGRAM HELPS YOUTH 1 TRY OUT TRADES Learn about the Construction Trades

16 COLLEGE UPDATES Membership news and announcements

Baking trades get a needed upgrade

Technology shifts prompt changes

Exploration Program

ON THE COVER Simone Hewitt, certified steamfitter.

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Based on feedback from attendees, 89 per cent agreed that they had an opportunity to provide feedback and 83 per cent agreed that the structure of the day allowed opinions to be shared and heard by all attendees. It was a great opportunity for trades and industry from all four sectors to discuss these four very important issues, and offer the College some clear direction. Pat Blackwood, Board of Governors Chair.


n December 8, 2016, the Ontario Legislature passed amendments to the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (OCTAA) stemming from the Dean Report. To ensure the Ontario College of Trades (College) moves forward in the right direction, we embarked on a period of dialogue and engagement. At the end of January, the College hosted an in-person stakeholder consultation at the Sheraton Centre

In addition to this successful consultation, the College also launched a 30-day online consultation that received 9,692 responses. The College’s Board of Governors also approved the appointment of nine members to the College’s new Compliance and Enforcement Committee that includes representatives from each trade sector (in compulsory and voluntary trades), the public, and consumer protection representatives. The Committee has the important role of creating the new compliance and enforcement policy that must be publicly posted on the College’s website by June 6, 2017.

Soon after its formation, the Committee got right down to work by visiting Sudbury, Ottawa and London to host town halls and a day-and-a-half of in-person hearings in Toronto focused on the development of the comprehensive compliance and enforcement policy. It was important that we did this right; we listened to all trades, industry, and stakeholder representatives from all regions of Ontario. The process allowed everyone the opportunity to have input to the Committee by sharing their experiences and issues with enforcement and suggestions on how the College can improve its enforcement policy. That feedback will help shape the creation of the first compliance and enforcement policy, which will be reviewed annually. We recognize that the College is not about a single trade, or union—the College regulates all trades both voluntary and compulsory across all four sectors. The College is here to work for all trades, and together we will modernize the skilled trades in this province.


Pat Blackwood

Chair, Board of Governors


in Toronto with over 150 stakeholders, governance members, union and non-union employers and employees, educators and training delivery agents from the construction, industrial, motive power, and service sectors. Attendees of the one-day session provided feedback on journeyperson to apprentice ratios, the program evaluation process, trade classification review referral process, and a compliance and enforcement policy.

LEGISL ATIVE AMENDMENTS TIMELINE The Ontario College of Trades (College) requests review of certain regulatory functions.

In her 2014 Plan for Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne makes a commitment to support the success of the College through the appointment of a special advisor to conduct a review.

The Minster of Training, Colleges and Universities appoints Tony Dean as reviewer to conduct an independent technical review of certain aspects of the College.

Tony Dean releases his report: Supporting a Strong and Sustainable Ontario College of Trades, which includes recommendations to help address some technical processes at the College.

The Ontario Legislature passes Bill 70, which includes amendments to the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009, based on recommendations from Dean’s report.

The College names nine members to a new Compliance and Enforcement Committee.

In-person consultation held to hear from stakeholders, members and the public on the new trade classification referral process, the ratio review process and criteria, the program evaluation process, and a compliance and enforcement policy.

An online consultation survey is posted on the College’s website and remains open for 30 days.

Sixteen trade board chairs present to the Construction Divisional Board regarding the development of a new compliance and enforcement policy.

The Compliance and Enforcement Committee hosts town halls in Sudbury, Ottawa and London to hear feedback on the development of a new compliance and enforcement policy.

The Compliance and Enforcement Committee hosts in-person hearings in Toronto on a new compliance and enforcement policy.



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BAKING TRADES RISE TO THE CHALLENGE Some of the changes in the standard include a focus on trends toward specialty bakeries that produce niche products such as macarons, chocolate, culturally-specific goods, or savoury baked goods, as artisan baked goods have now become mainstream products. Additional changes in the standard include a focus on continuous learning to encompass education gained outside of the classroom or out of the realm of the apprenticeship site and an introduction to molecular gastronomy, as options. It is essential that bakers keep current with trade trends to be successful in both understanding and accommodating of future clients.


ur trade is one of a few where there is huge importance placed on creativity,” says Tatiana Vorobej, pastry chef, instructor and chair of the College’s baker-patissier trade board. “I think because of that there’s a lot of pressure on pastry chefs and bakers to not only be excellent technicians, but to also be extremely creative.” The baker-patissier training standard got an update this fall and those involved in the revamp say that it was done to include new methodologies with historical approaches in the industry. “We needed to upgrade the understanding of new manufacturing methods and blend it with the knowledge of the historic ways to produce breads and pastries,” says Heinz Hubbert, baker, pastry chef, cook and one of the College’s trade board members involved in the review and approval process for the standard. Hubbert also works as a national advisor on issues such as in-house training, emergencies, set-up of new companies and development of proper food groups needed for individual religious and culturally diversified clientele.

“What you have now are extremely multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, diverse forms of baking,” says Vorobej. “If you’re only selling macarons you’re going to go out of business,” she says. “You have to understand that savory pastries are a part of every country’s food catalogue and you [as a baker] need to know about that.” Vorobej says that it’s important that the next generation of apprentices moves beyond traditional classic training methods, immerse themselves into a diverse culture and adapt to fast-changing technology. A component on branding, which includes methods on product display, presentation and marketing, was also added to the training standard. “Because of people’s access to pastry shops from Moscow to Mumbai with a click of a button, how you market and present your product, plays such a big role in how anything is sold,” she says. FOR MORE INFORMATION on the training standard released in October, visit trades-in-ontario


Tatiana Vorobej’s cake won the top prize on Slice Network’s Cake Walk: Wedding Cake Challenge in 2012.

Though, perhaps the biggest change in the standard is the addition of accommodations for culturally diverse groups, especially in urban areas.


he training standard and log book for the instrumentation and control technician (447A) trade were recently updated by the College, in consultation with the trade board and industry. For those unfamiliar with the trade, instrumentation and control technicians install, maintain, calibrate, design and troubleshoot networking systems, process control and environmental protection equipment in a variety of industrial environments. These include pulp and paper processing, petrochemical and natural gas, nuclear and hydroelectric power, and mining companies. This instrumentation control ensures that all machines in a plant are safe and running correctly. Prior to his recent retirement, Dan Bryck worked in the trade for over 30 years and is now the trade board chair and a member of the industry committee that worked to update the current training standard. He was also a member of the committee that developed the previous standard in 2009. While the overall standard didn’t change drastically, Bryck notes that much like everything else in today’s skilled trades landscape, the driver of change has been technology. “Today’s tradesperson must be able to use a collection of high tech tools to verify and repair measurement

instruments as well as final control elements,” he says. “The use of computers and microprocessor-based instrumentation has changed the way these instruments are installed, calibrated, configured, and repaired. It has also changed the way these instruments are networked together to form a modern-day control system.”

Trade board member Brian Perreault says one of the major differences is that Ontario divides the apprenticeship curriculum into three parts, while most of the rest of Canada splits it into four. Perreault adds that for anyone considering a career as an instrumentation and control technician an interest and ability to learn physics and a good understanding of basic math is essential. “Instrumentation and control systems have had a large impact on the automation of many manufacturing processes,” says Bryck. “To the larger extent, as facilities increase productivity, there will be a good demand for instrumentation and control technicians.”

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any College members have at least one thing in common: a love of the trades. But for some, that love grows a little deeper. Meet the tradespeople who have multiple C of Qs—find out what drives them to keep climbing higher.

pp a r C ld o r Ha 339C Hoisting engineer - mobile crane operator 2 (compulsory) 339A Hoisting engineer - mobile crane operator 1 (compulsory)

It’s kept my interest in my profession high and I maintain employment during slower crane rental times. Having obtained the truck and coach technician certificate, I am qualified to perform safety checks on the cranes in our current fleet. This supports my employer by keeping him from sending the cranes out for certification and it adds to my range of jobs and job security.

310T Truck & coach technician (compulsory) 310S Automotive service technician (compulsory) 310G Motorcycle technician (compulsory)

No matter how many C of Qs a tradesperson obtains, they will only ever pay one annual membership to the College.

P H OTO G R A P H S P R O V I D E D B Y H A R O L D C R A P P, B R I A N M C K N I G H T, & G E R R Y B O U L A N G E R .

What are some career benefits of having C of Qs in so many trades?

Why did you pursue C of Qs in so many different trades?

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I have a desire to learn and to try new things. Becoming a journeyperson is about embarking on a journey, gathering knowledge, working with new products and technologies and continuing to learn something new every day.

Each trade has led to some amazing work experiences; great lakes freighters, west coast long haul and the Canadian arctic. Having multiple certificates has 421A Heavy duty equipment technician provided me with steady employment in changing economies and allowed me to 313D Residential air conditioning systems mechanic (compulsory) see my children grow up. You could say it is the best of multiple worlds. 310T Truck & coach technician (compulsory) 310S Automotive service technician (compulsory) 308R Residential (low rise) sheet metal installer (compulsory) Only three tradespeople in Ontario have six C of Qs and seven members have five C of Qs. Trades in this category range from:

Seven College members also have four C of Qs, that include;

Three tradespeople have three C of Qs, that include;

• Automotive service technician • Electrician - construction and maintenance • Electrician - domestic and rural • Heavy duty equipment technician • Hoisting engineer - mobile crane operator 1 • Hoisting engineer - tower crane operator

• Information technology network technician • Information technology contact centre sales agent • Information technology contact centre customer service agent • Information technology contact centre technical support agent

• Educational assistant • Child development practitioner • Hairstylist

• Industrial electrician • Industrial mechanic millwright • Motorcycle technician • Plumber • Refrigeration and air conditioning systems mechanic • Small engine technician • Truck and coach technician

What made you want to pursue C of Qs in so many different trades?

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With my electrical background, I was able to complete an in-house training program which led to my industrial electrical trade certificate in October 2000. As the mining facility grew, I completed a course on mechanical maintenance which led to my industrial millwright ticket in February 2013. Instead of requiring two tradespeople for maintenance calls, it could now be just me; a cross-trader.

TT: What are some of the major barriers for women entering your trade? SH: The biggest barrier for women is entering a field dominated by men. Guys have told me that they thought I wouldn’t pull my weight but by the end of the job, they tell me how impressed they are and ask to stay in touch. TT: How can we reduce barriers for women entering the trades?


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here are 4,949 certified steamfitters in Ontario, of which 31 are female, and 780 registered apprentices, of which 21 are female. Fifty is the average age of Ontario’s steamfitters, so in the next decade, as in most construction trades, there will be an increased need for certified steamfitters—and Simone Hewitt is part of this new and in-demand cohort. Trades Today: Can you tell us a bit about yourself, where you’re from and how you first started working in the trades? SIMONE HEWITT: I was born and raised in Toronto and I started at UA Local 46 as a steamfitter pre-apprentice the same week I graduated from high school back in 2011. I am also a single mother to an amazing little boy who gave me the drive I needed to start my career in the trades. TT: Did you start your career as a steamfitter apprentice or were you doing something else prior to entering the trades? SH: I was enrolled in the laws program in high school but when I realized it wasn't for me, I turned my attention to the trades— welding, auto, electrical and plumbing, which is how I got my foot in the door to becoming a steamfitter.

Some women don't like the idea of getting sweaty and dirty or bulking up. A thick skin and a good sense of humor should almost be a requirement. TT: What made you want to work in the steamfitter trade? SH: Originally I wanted to join UA Local 46 as a plumber but when I was offered a steamfitter pre-apprenticeship, I jumped at the chance—I didn't even know what they did but it sounded bad-ass and I wanted to learn more. TT: How did you end up in the position you are today as a newly certified steamfitter journeyperson? SH: I worked hard on the job and in class to complete my apprenticeship and prepare myself to write the Certificate of Qualification exam. I'm excited to share that I wrote my exam and passed on the first try. As of February 3, 2017, I’m officially a certified steamfitter. TT: Did you know many people who worked in the trades before you decided that this is the career path for you? SH: My step-dad is an electrician and my grandpa was a handyman—I didn't really meet many tradespeople until I decided to begin my pre-apprenticeship. TT: What kind of actions or decisions had the biggest impact on your career? SH: Having my son really encouraged me to take serious steps towards having a career in the trades right away.



SH: I think this article will help—if women see others being successful in the trades, they might think differently. Being independent and supporting my son are two (of the many) benefits that attracted me to the trades.

TT: Do you have mentors and personal heroes? SH: My personal hero is my mom. She raised my twin sister and me alone while putting herself through university. I learned what it means to be a strong, independent and realistic woman from her. My two mentors are my teachers from high school (Peter Mandros and Robert Schrader) who helped me believe I could do whatever I put my mind to. Without them I would not be where I am today.

TT: Can you describe why compulsory trades enforcement is so important for the future of the trades? SH: For the safety of workers and the general public, it’s important to have compulsory trade enforcement to ensure that only skilled tradespeople with the proper training and certification are doing the work. It gives a sense of security to know that when you hire

a skilled tradesperson you're getting someone who's been trained to a specific standard of excellence. TT: What is your favourite thing about your job? SH: There's a lot of things I love about what I do; always being in new places and meeting new people and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of each day—knowing it will be there for years to come. TT: What kind of advice would you give to young people wanting to get in to the skilled trades today? SH: Never stop asking questions and educate yourself—keep an open mind to new methods and ideas. If you put 100 per cent into everything you do, your work will speak for itself.



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lthough we may be decades away from the flying cars of the ‘Jetsons’- there’s no denying that innovations in technology have already transformed the ways in which we learn and work. The growing market for modern luxuries like hybrid vehicles, automated heating and cooling control systems and renewable energy designs is counting on the use of digital tools like computers, smartphones, tablets and specialized diagnostic systems to get the job done. According to the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum's (CAF) 2014 report Apprenticeship Analysis - The Impact of Technolog y on Tradespeople: Views of Ontario Employers, 90 per cent of business-

EXPERTS SAYS TRAINING CRITICAL TO KEEP UP WITH DEMAND es use digital technology such as electronic sensors/controllers in equipment, diagnostics and electronics-based testing equipment and programming of machinery and equipment. What this can mean for apprentices and journeypersons is a more technically evolved job that requires workers to be skilled in many new and different areas, such as stronger computer, diagnostic, mathematic and programming skills. Ed Carney, principal at Kilmer Environmental, an indoor air quality, temperature and humidity control product distributor in Mississauga, says the demand for “energy savings” has impacted nearly every product in the HVAC industry, including technicians who now need to be knowledgeable of both the

application and mechanical workings of the equipment. Carney urges that because equipment is becoming more sophisticated, those working in this industry need to have more factory training classes on an ongoing basis. “HVAC techs need to service equipment that is tied into building automation systems, so techs needs a good basic understanding of these systems,” he says. Trevor Hayes, shop foreman at Toronto’s Mercedes-Benz Downtown, agrees that a similar shift is happening in the motive power sector with maintenance and repair work becoming more sophisticated and electrical-based, rather than the traditional “nuts and bolts.” He says there may be a need for new designations in the sector, including qualifications focused on electronics, and that currently educators and trainers have a responsibility to sell the job as more “electronic” to apprentices entering the field.

“You [now] almost have to become an electronic technologist,” says Hayes, who has worked in the industry for 30 years, including past experience as a master technician. “To be honest, I need people a lot smarter than I was,” he says with a laugh. Both Carney and Hayes agree these innovations can save time and money in the long-run, but training is an unavoidable challenge and cost. Carney points out that those new to the trade have generally grown up with electronic technology so there is an inherent comfort with it. Meanwhile, the CAF report identifies the computer skills of journeypersons as the skills most requiring improvement in light of technological change. Hayes has seen this aversion to technology first-hand. “The majority of electrical cars are based on a 400-volt system so you’re dealing with electricity and there’s a fear factor there,” he says. “You have training for that, but you’re into a whole

different aspect of what most of these people never got into the trade for.” The College has been modernizing curriculums for trades which haven’t been updated in two decades, such as general carpenter, ironworker (generalist), small and marine engine technician, and working with community colleges and training centres to ensure those updates are reflective of the changing technology in the skilled trades industry. Of course, there are benefits for both the customer and qualified tradespeople in the digital age. “More cars go through our shop in a day than before - by far. Back in the day, it would be very easy to bring a car under your bay and keep it there all day. Now it’s all by quick fix, in and out,” says Hayes. Carney agrees. “Having more sophisticated technology makes the qualified technician even more valuable,” he says.



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What sets the Bellehumeur family apart from other families in the skilled trades workforce is the fact that each pursued different trades – spanning three different sectors (industrial, motive power and service). John’s eldest son Jacob, 23, lives in Welland, and trained as a network cabling specialist apprentice; Owen, 22, lives in Port Colborne, is a general machinist apprentice (with plans to become a journeyperson as well as pursue a construction millwright apprenticeship later this year); and Eric, 20, who also lives in Welland, is a third-year truck and coach technician apprentice. Left to right: Owen, John, Eric, and Jacob Bellehumeur.


ot only do parents pass on their genes and advice to children, but sometimes career choices can also influence their offsprings’ futures. Such is the case for John Bellehumeur, a 49-year-old utility arborist, whose three sons trained in the trades.

Although Jacob is now pursuing a career in the engineering field, it was his apprenticeship training that helped lead him on his current career path, says John. Meanwhile, sons Owen and Eric love what they do in their respective apprenticeships and are satisfied with the fact that at their young age they were each able to afford to purchase their own homes and are not burdened by post-secondary debt like many of their peers. “All of my sons have worked with me at some point growing up, and they are all very proficient at dragging brush and operating chainsaws,” says patriarch John, whose career as an arborist spans more than 25 years. He now works as the acting manager of Parks, Cemeteries, Forestry and Horticulture for the city of St. Catharines and chairs the College’s arborist trade board. John instilled a strong work ethic in his sons, which he says may have helped set them up for success. “By the time they

were done high school though I think they had enough of doing tree work, or maybe just working with dad,” he says with a smile. Still, John says he can’t take all the credit. All three sons also cite a high school shop teacher (Vic Barker, Port Colborne High School) as instrumental in helping shape their future and pursue careers in the trades. And it looks like there might still be hope for another arborist in the family – his fourth and youngest son, 12-yearold Noah, often accompanies John to job sites to learn about tree removals and pruning. Above all, John hopes that his sons find fulfilment in their work as he has. “I’ve always thought that you should be involved with like-minded people that have an interest in promoting a trade for the benefit of the trade, not for any ulterior motives for self-advancement,” he says.



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Program connects youth to skilled trades careers

Students Alexandro and Donny talk about their experiences with CTEP.



he Construction Trade Exploration Program (CTEP) based out of the Toronto District School Board’s Northview Heights Secondary School is a remarkable feat of construction itself. Teacher Elvy Moro has spent the last 12 years building the program, which allows students from across Toronto to gain exposure by trying out several trades for two weeks at a time, before and during the course of a semester. Before getting a job placement, Moro’s students go on site visits, get safety training from George Brown College and LiUNA, and are kitted out with safety equipment from Levitt Supply, Locals 183, 285 and 353, George Brown College and the Infrastructure Health and Safety Association. Students also get new tools from Stanley Black & Decker, which ensures that they are job-ready when they enter a site. Perhaps the key piece of the program’s success has been the participation of local industry. Moro has forged relationships with local trade unions, colleges and some of the biggest developers in the region, including Monarch/Mattamy, Aspen Ridge, Tridel, Daniels, Tucker Hi-Rise, Menkes, TMG, and Greenpark. While each party plays a crucial role in the students’ success, the developers are the bricks to Moro’s mortar that have helped shape the program into what it is today. Moro says it can take up to a year to develop a relationship with a new builder before he is able to find a placement for his students.


The fact this program hasn’t been replicated yet is a travesty.

TOP LEFT: CTEP`s coordinator Elvy Moro. TOP RIGHT: Students hand out certificates of appreciation to industry sponsors. BOTTOM: High school students (left to right) Donny, Riley, Christian, and Colin answer questions about their futures beyond CTEP.

To date, Moro’s program has placed over 400 students on various job sites, many of them, he notes, gaining unforgettable experience. After staying back for a fifth year of high school to take the program while her friends went to university, CTEP student Riley says it was one of the best experiences of her life: “I definitely made the right decision regardless of what anyone else says.” Walking through the hallway of a job site she had been placed on, seeing the way everyone interacted, she thought “this is a family I can see myself getting into.” As Moro points out, for kids who don’t come from families with a background in the trades, it can be difficult to get exposure to careers in construction through the Ontario school system. The aim of the program is to give students an introduction to trades to help focus their high school and post-secondary

ambitions. But without the job placements, students and prospective apprentices never get a real experience of what a career in construction might look like. And without those opportunities in high school, many of the best candidates may move in other directions. Moro thinks it is no coincidence that some of the biggest and most successful development companies got involved in the program; investing in the future of their workforce is a no-brainer. “The fact this program hasn’t been replicated yet is a travesty,” says RESCON President Richard Lyall. CTEP currently takes about 44 students per school year, but Moro, his students, and the many builders who provide the hands-on opportunities all agree that the one-of-a kind program should serve as a model for those across the province.

• Urge your industry to participate. • Seek out your local Ontario Youth Apprenticeship program ( or experiential learning coordinator. • Connect with your local high school co-op department for more info. • Post your apprenticeship openings on the College’s job board ( • Contact the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development for information on signing apprentices and financial incentives (



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Updated training standards available on the College’s website • Instrumentation and Control Technician

Apprentices with initial training agreements registered on or after January 6, 2017 must be trained using the new standard.

• Cook/Assistant Cook • Elevating Devices Mechanic • Floor Covering Installer

Apprentices with initial training agreements registered on or after January 27, 2017 must be trained to the new standard.

Updated curriculum standards available on the College’s website • Child Development Practitioner

Apprentices with initial training agreements registered on or after January 1, 2017 must be trained to the new standard.

Flexibility and Innovation in Apprenticeship Technical Training

The Government of Canada is exploring ways to support apprentices to complete their technical training by reducing barriers through their Flexibility and Innovation in Apprenticeship Technical Training (FIATT) pilot project. Through this three-year pilot project, the government will work with organizations to look at different styles of learning and alternative forms of training delivery to help apprentices complete their technical training and obtain a journeyperson certificate of qualification. More information can be found at

ANNUAL MEETING OF MEMBERS DATE: June 12th, 2017 TIME: 7-8PM LOCATION: Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre London, Ontario Members wishing to attend, please RSVP to

Make Your Mark contest winners

Congratulations to James Gauthier, Caitlin Frappier, and Rohan Patanwadia on winning the tools featured in the College’s Make Your Mark contest. The contest was part of a campaign that showcases tradespeople behind-thescenes in the film and TV industry. Thank you to Stanley Black & Decker DeWALT for their continued support. Check out the College’s Make Your Mark video and other videos of trades professionals who work in the film and TV industry from Follow the College on Twitter (@CollegeofTrades) and Instagram (collegeoftrades) for future contests and the chance to win prizes and other giveaways.

Sprinkler and fire protection installer classification change The sprinkler and fire protection installer trade is now a compulsory trade. Any individual practising this trade must legally be a member of the College. There are now 23 compulsory trades in Ontario. For a complete list of trades, visit

Job Talks – Red Seal survey In partnership with the Government of Canada, George Brown College and the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, Job Talks, a research initiative, has released a survey for Red Seal-certified workers, in order to create a comprehensive picture of Canada’s skilled labour force and help increase enrollment in Red Seal training programs. Complete the Job Talks survey and get a $10 Tim Hortons Gift Card at For more info on Job Talks, visit

GIVE US YOUR MEMBER BENEFIT IDEAS Building a robust Member Benefits Program is important to you, our members, and to us. That's why we're looking at ways to improve it and we want your input! Gas, food and beverage coupons, tool offers, family entertainment discounts or something else? It's your opportunity to tell us what benefits you want the most. Take a few minutes to visit our online survey at and help us shape the Member Benefits Program to make it more relevant, rewarding and specific to your needs and interests. Take the survey now and help build this program being made just for you.


Decision & Order The Discipline Committee is an independent adjudicative tribunal of the Ontario College of Trades that holds public hearings to review allegations of professional misconduct or incompetence against members of the College in a manner that is fair, transparent and in the public interest. Jatinder Bansal (Member No. 13258794 – Automotive Service Technician) of Oakville and Brampton, Ont., was found to have engaged in professional misconduct in that: a) he signed or issued, in his capacity as a member of the College, a document that he knew or ought to have known contained a false, improper or misleading statement; b) he was found guilty of contravening a law that is relevant to his suitability to hold a certificate of qualification; and; c) he failed to maintain the standards of a trade. By Order dated Feb. 8, 2017, a panel of the Discipline Committee: 1. ordered the member to pay a $750 fine; 2. suspended the member’s Certificate of Qualification for one week; 3. ordered the member to pay costs to the College in the amount of $2,000; and, 4. ordered that the panel’s finding be published on the College’s website and in the official publication of the College, including the name of the member and his business name and address (C.N. Auto Centre, 18 Strathearn Ave., Brampton, L6T 4X7).

1. College's Registrar and CEO, David Tsubouchi with York Region Skills Challenge Junior competitors. 2. Stakeholder meeting with members of the Canadian Fire Alarm Association and the College’s sprinkler and fire protection trade board. 3. Board of Governors' Chair, Pat Blackwood, speaking at a stakeholder consultation at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto. 4. Left to right: Steven Cote from Canada Student Loans Program,MPP Peggy Sattler and David Tsubouchi at the Conference Board of Canada. 5. College staff Perry Chao and Rupinder Mann with LIUNA Local 506 Business Manager Carmen Principato, at LIUNA Local 506's Precast Certification event, in Toronto.



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