Consultation tackles HVAC/R industry governance

Member and non-member industry professionals are invited to join HRAI’s consultation regarding the disbanding of the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) and the emergence of a “possibly new” administering body to govern skilled trades in Ontario. Provincial government relations efforts have paid off.  HRAI wishes to enter discussions with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development informed in terms of how the industry would like to see governance happen.

There are three time slots available on December 16, 2020.

HRAI has heard from members regarding grievances with the former OCOT administration and will provide a platform to convey what the province/ministry is doing and hear the industry’s perspective during break out session within the event. Discussion topics will include:

  • Should the trades be self-regulated similar to the engineers, architects, doctors, nurses and other professionals? If so, what is a fair annual fee?
  • Do you care about compliance and enforcement? How do enforcement agencies ensure compliance?
  • How can the sector ensure internationally trained HVAC/R technicians’ skills and qualifications are fairly and rigorously assessed?
  • Are micro credentialing and portable skills sets good ideas or will this lead to a deskilling of the HVAC/R and other trades?

This is the time to bring your ideas to the table.