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January 7, 2022

Ontario College of Trades Official Closure Marks New Era of Skilled Trades Ontario

As of January 1, 2022, the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) completed its almost four-year wind-down process. This has marked the official launch of the new crown agency Skilled Trades Ontario (STO) and significant changes to the trades’ registration system in the province. One of the biggest changes being unlike the previous system, STO will not be operating using a membership model.

According to the new STO website, however, there will be some system continuity with practices such as the publication of information for individuals practicing compulsory trades on the STO Public Register, and requirements for Certificates of Qualification renewals in compulsory trades. Additionally, it is noted that STO will oversee the issuing of Certificates of Qualification in compulsory and non-compulsory trades with exams.

HRAI is committed to keeping our members informed of the most up-to-date information on the implementation of Skilled Trade Ontario and how it will inform the way the trades operate in Ontario.

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