6th Trades Rally at Liberal MPP Yasir Naqvi For Ottawa Centre

Stop Bill 70 Section 17!

Again, we are calling on all active and retired members and their families to rise and defend your trade. It doesn't matter if you are not normally active with the Local, you need to support this! Do not count on someone else to fight this battle. Together we must protect public safety, our families and our trade.

On Thursday, January 19th you can join us at:
Liberal MPP Yasir Naqvi Office
109 Catherine Street

Let's keep the pressure up! The Rally will be from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm!

  • Local 71

    United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the USA and Canada

  • Local 71

    United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the USA and Canada

  • Local 71

    United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipefitting Industry of the USA and Canada

Dec 12, 2016

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

As you know, the Progressive Certified Trades Coalition has been very vocal in its concenr over Schedule 17 of Bill 70 due to potential to erode the value of certification and put both workers and the public at risk.

The Coalition's members have stood in solidarity, letting Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne know where we stand on these troubling amendments to The Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009. On November 30, more than 4,000 journeypersons, union representatives, employers and apprentices rallied at Queen's Park. There have been other demonstrations across the province since then.

I do feel it is important to clarify what has been miscontrued by some about our concerns with Schedule 17. Our actions are not intended in any way to denigrate other unions or trades or to treat this as a battle for juristriction. We have a long and successful history of working together to address juristrictional disputes. We are not looking to take work from anyone, only to protect what is ours and to ensure worker and consumer protection.

Our primary concern is that there amendments will make it easier for unscupulous businesses to hire cheaper, untrained individuals to do work that requires specific skills and qualifications. It strikes at the very core of what we do and the investments we have made in our apprenticeship and training. Every tradesperson should be concerned about the direction of these amendments and the message it is sending.

It is imperative that the government continue to promote and protect the value of certification in both the voluntary and compulsory trades. They should be raising not lowering the standards of our trades.

I believe our goals are the same - we want a safe workplace, we want to stop the underground economy from taking our jobs and we want fair compensation for our work. Schedule 17 threatens to undermine those goals and that is why we are opposed to its implementation.

Sincerely and fraternally

Jim Hogarth, President
Progressive Certified Trades Coalition


Call to Action: Schedule 17 needs to be removed from Bill 70 and sent to committee to allow proper debate and public scrutiny of the impact of these amendments. If passed in its current form, these amendments will increase risks to workers and the public.

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This petition will be delivered to: Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne


The Ontario government has introduced amendments to the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act that it plans to push through the legislature within the next two weeks. These amendments, buried in a budget bill, will diminish the value of a certi cate of quali cation in a compulsory trade – such as electrician, steam tter, plumber, sheet metal worker and sprinkler installer. This may also impact trades in non-construction sectors.

Trades are designated as compulsory in order to protect workers and the public. Ontario law stipulates that only licensed professionals or registered apprentices can perform the work of a compulsory trade. The government’s proposed amendments will allow cheaper, unskilled workers to do some of this work so that corporations can save money.


Parents: If your son or daughter is working as an apprentice they could be exposed to unsafe workplaces.

Employers who hire certified trades: You could lose work to competitors using cheaper, unskilled labour. Your focus on safety and training will be less valued.

Certified trades professionals: Your ticket (C of Q) that you worked so hard to achieve and you are rightfully proud of may no longer be of value. And you may be at risk on job sites where untrained individuals are doing the work you were trained to do. Apprentices: Your workplace could become much more dangerous and your years of training for certi cation wasted.

Action: Let Premier Kathleen Wynne or your MPP know that there must be proper debate of these proposed amendments to ensure we keep Ontario families and workers safe. Email the Premier at kwynne.mpp.co@liberal.ola.org



Electrical deaths expected to rise with latest move by Ontario Liberals

TORONTO, ON (Nov. 22, 2016) ‐ Seventy per cent of electrical‐related deaths that occur on job sites are due to improper installation procedures yet the Kathleen Wynne Liberal government is quietly moving ahead with legislative amendments that will increase the likelihood of more worker deaths and put the public at risk – all for the benefit of special interest groups that profit from using cheap and unskilled labour.

“More people will die as a result of these amendments that allow unskilled workers on job sites to do the work of compulsory trades. For decades it has been the law that the work of a trade designated as compulsory can only be done by a certified journeyperson who has gone through extensive training and practical on‐the‐job experience or by a registered apprentice,“ says Jim Hogarth, President of the Progressive Certified Trades Coalition (PCTC).

According the Electrical Safety Authority, 49 Ontario workers were killed by electrocution between 2004 and 2013 and 71 per cent of those deaths were in non‐electrical trades. In 2013 alone there were 18 electricity deaths. On average, 1,685 Ontarians visited an emergency room due to electrical injury each year between 2003 and 2012.

Section 17 – introduced and hidden within Bill 70, an omnibus bill introduced by Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa on Nov. 16 – will, if passed, allow the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) to overturn enforcement actions by the Ontario College of Trades (the College) the governing body for skilled trades in Ontario.

“The key role of the OLRB is to settle labour relations disputes between employers, employers’ organization and trade unions. Its mandate is not to protect the public nor to ensure a skilled labour force for the future yet it will now have the ability to overturn decisions by the College which was given that authority and has the expertise. This has effectively neutered the role of the official governing body,” says James Barry, Executive Chairman, Membership Development for the IBEW Construction Council of Ontario.

“This decision appears to be based on influence rather than sound policy or public protection principles. What message does this send to the thousands of electricians across the province who have invested in skills training so they can provide quality work and maintain the highest safety standards,” asks John Grimshaw, Executive Secretary Treasurer of the IBEW Construction Council of Ontario.

“Not only does this put the lives of the public and workers at risk but taxpayers will also be footing the bill when mistakes by untrained individuals need to be corrected. As employers of electricians, we have been committed to hiring the best trained professionalsin the country but clearly the government doesn’tsee that as future for a prosperous Ontario,” says Jeff Koller, Executive Director of the Electrical Contractors Association of Ontario.

There are currently 22 compulsory trades in Ontario in which a person must hold a valid Certificate Qualification, or be registered as an apprentice in a given trade and a member of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) to work or be employed in that trade. Certification is compulsory to ensure that anyone engaged in the practice of trades which pose risks to workers, public safety or consumer protection, are properly trained and sufficiently competent to perform work properly and safely. The Certificate of Qualification (CofQ) is the only demonstrable proof of that training.

Now those trades which include everyone from plumbers who ensure safe drinking water and sprinkler fitters who are responsible for fire safety will have their important designation effectively negated by the powers of the OLRB whose decisions are final. This will impact public protection on a far‐reaching and damaging scale.

“This bill proposes a peculiar and erratic public policy: that a regulator that functions under one set of legislative objectives in the public interest be appealable to an adjudicator that operates under an inconsistent set of legislative objectives,” says Raj Anand, one of the country’s leading legal experts.

“What prompted this extreme action? Where are all the enforcement actions in the province of Ontario that were unreasonable? One must ask who profits from these amendments,” adds Hogarth.

While the government has included a clause that says the OLRB shall consider if an individual’s actions pose a risk of harm, it issuspect that they are transferring the assessment of risk of harm from the people who know best – skilled trades professionals – to a quasi‐judicial body that has never had any mandate or experience in assessing risk of harm.

“We don’t understand how the government can say on one hand that they want to build a skilled workforce and then turn around and say you don’t need to be trained to do complex and potentially dangerous work,” adds Koller. The PCTC is calling on the government to sever Schedule 17 from Bill 70 and refer it to a legislative committee where all interested parties, including the public at large, can fully discuss and understand the impact and make recommendations. The public needs to ask who is benefiting from these extreme changes in government policy and who will be hurt as a result?

For more information contact:
Jim Hogarth, President of the Progressive Certified Trades Coaltion
CELL: 647‐390‐6782
EMAIL: hogarth@optc.org

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If you are a member residing in Ontario and your licence is valid in Ontario, if you have your Basic Fall Protection, WHMIS, Basic Health and Safety courses of Ontario or your Health and Safety course from the province of Quebec, it’s free. If you don’t have those courses, it’s $10.00. You will have to show proof of residence (driver’s licence) and your licence of the Ministry of Ontario.
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