HRAI Survey on Shaping the Future of Trades Training in Ontario

Responding to this questionnaire will help HRAI to develop constructive and informed advice to the government as it works towards a new administrative solution to replace the Ontario College of Trades.  

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* 1. How important to your business is a healthy, effectively managed and promoted trades training and apprenticeship system in Ontario?

1 - Not at all important 7 - Extremely important
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* 2. In the new system for administering the trades in Ontario, how much emphasis (and investment of resources) should be placed on adapting existing trades -- or developing new trades -- to meet the needs of a changing marketplace?

1 - Low Priority 7 - High Priority
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* 3. Who should be responsible for adapting existing trades or developing new trades to meet the needs of a changing marketplace? (Recognizing this may be a shared responsibility, please rank options in relative order of importance -- with "1" being most important, and selecting only the ones you consider relevant).

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* 4. If you indicated 'Other' in question 3, please specify.

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* 5. How much emphasis (and investment of resources) should be placed on the promotion of trades as a career choice?

1 - Low Priority 7- High Priority
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* 6. Who should be responsible for the promotion of trades as a career choice? (Recognizing that this may be a shared responsibility, please rank options in relative order of importance -- with "1" being most important, and selecting only those you consider relevant).

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* 7. If you indicated 'other' in question 6, please specify.

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* 8. How much emphasis (and investment of resources) should be placed on the development and maintenance of up-to-date apprenticeship training and certification standards and curriculum?

1 - Low Priority 7 - High Priority
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* 9. Who should be responsible for the development and maintenance of up-to-date apprenticeship training and certification standards and curriculum? (Recognizing this may be a shared responsibility, please rank options in relative order of importance -- with "1" being most important, and selecting only those you consider relevant).

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* 10. If you indicated 'Other' in question 9, please specify.

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* 11. How much emphasis (and investment of resources) should be placed on the documentation and analysis of statistics and trends related to the trades in Ontario?

1 - Low Priority 7 - High Priority
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* 12. Who should be responsible for the documentation and analysis of statistics and trends related to the trades in Ontario? (Recognizing that this may be a shared responsibility, please rank options in relative order of importance -- with "1" being most important, and selecting only those you consider relevant)

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* 13. If you indicated 'Other' in question 12, please specify.

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* 14. Do you believe there is a need for more or less enforcement of tradesperson/apprentice certifications on job sites?

Less Same More
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* 15. Please add any comments to explain your response to question 14 (optional)

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* 16. How supportive are you of an approach to regulatory compliance oversight/management that focuses on “compliance assistance” (this might include visits to job sites and/or employers for purposes of education, awareness-building around regulatory obligations and assistance with registration procedures) as an alternative to fines and penalties?

1 - Not Supportive 4 - Modestly Supportive 7 - Extremely Supportive
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* 17. Assuming limited resources, do you feel time and effort should be spent more on regulatory compliance assistance or enforcement in terms of fines and penalties. Please rate your preference on the sliding scale below.

Compliance Assistance Mix Enforcement (fines/penalties)
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* 18. How much emphasis (and investment of resources) should be placed on the enforcement of trades certifications in the field?

1 - Low Priority 7 - High Priority
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* 19. Who should be responsible for the enforcement of trade certifications in the field? (Recognizing this may be a shared responsibility, please rank options in relative order of importance -- with "1" being most important, and selecting only those you consider relevant).

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* 20. If you answered 'Other' in question 19, please specify.

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* 21. How much emphasis (and investment of resources) should be placed on the maintenance of a public registry of qualified trades persons in Ontario for public benefit?

1 - Low Priority 7 - High Priority
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* 22. Who should be responsible for the maintenance of a public registry of qualified tradespersons in Ontario for public benefit? (Recognizing that this may be a shared responsibility, please rank options in relative order of importance -- with "1" being most important, and selecting only those you consider relevant).

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* 23. If you indicated 'Other' in question 22, please specify.

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* 24. PREAMBLE: One of the original drivers behind the creation of the Ontario College of Trades in 2011 was the idea that the trades should be self-regulating and managed by an independent body in the same way that other professions are governed.  Some illustrative examples of functioning colleges include:
  • Teachers (Ontario College of Teachers) – www.oct.ca
  • Nurses (College of Nurses of Ontario) – www.cno.org
  • Doctors (Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons) – www.cpso.on.ca
  • Lawyers (Law Society of Ontario) – www.lso.ca
  • Engineers (Professional Engineers Ontario) – www.peo.on.ca
Whether or not the Ontario College of Trades fulfilled its mandate in your opinion, do you support the concept of a self-regulated body for tradespersons and apprentices in Ontario?  

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* 25. If YES (Question 26), do you agree that tradespersons and apprentices should fully fund the operations of such an entity?

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* 26. If you indicated 'Yes, but only some aspects' in question 25, please specify what you mean.

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* 27. In your view, what should be the top priorities of a new agency (or government department) that assumes responsibility for responsible governing or administering the trades in Ontario? (List all services you think should be included, in order of priority, with "1" being the highest priority).

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* 28. If you answered 'Other' in question 27, please specify.

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* 29. In your view, what were the key defects of the Ontario College of Trades? (List as many as you like.)

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* 30. Do you have any other comments or observations you would like to share?

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* 33. Where do you do business in Ontario? (Check all that apply)

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* 34. Please provide postal code for your business (main office).

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* 35. How many journeypersons does your company currently employ?

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* 36. How many apprentices does your company currently employ?

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* 37. Job title

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* 42. If you answered "YES" to Question 40, please provide your email.

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