Ontario completes reopening of exam centres

The Ontario government has announced it has now reopened all 24 provincial centres for apprenticeship and trade-related certifications. Apprentices and skilled tradespeople can now book their final exams at their local apprenticeship office.

Exam centres were closed for regular in-person exams in March due to COVID-19. All exam centres and partner sites have put safety measures in place, such as mandating the wearing of masks, spacing exam desks at least two metres apart and limiting the number of examinees at exam sittings. The ministry is partnering with unions and colleges to help alleviate the accumulated backlog by providing space to host exams.

“Our government’s top priority remains the safety of all workers, including our skilled trade workers,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “I’m proud that we could reopen these exam centres, in a safe and reliable way while helping Ontario’s economic recovery and future prosperity.”

Apprentices and journeyperson applicants normally have a 12-month deadline to pass the trade exam in order to maintain their status. A six-month extension was provided on March 18, 2020 due to COVID-19.