Changes aim to ease job hunt
Area PC minister in London to unveil apprenticeship moves intended to make Ontario more competitive
Changing how apprentices are taught will make it easier for young people in the skilled trades to get jobs, Ontario Infrastructure Minister Monte McNaughton says.
The Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Tory MPP unveiled the changes Friday during a visit to CCR Building and Remodelling in London’s Hyde Park district.
The amendments to 2009’s Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act would lower the journeyperson to apprenticeship ratio to a simple 1:1.
The current ratio regime limits the number of apprentices an employer can train, a ministry release said.
This will help make Ontario more competitive, McNaughton said.
“One in five new jobs here in Ontario will be trades-related,” he said. “Yet there is a problem — employers cannot find apprentices and apprentices are unable to find jobs. Our commitment is clear: If you are prepared to the work, then you deserve a shot at the job.”
CCR’s Peter Madsen said the changes will have a “significant impact across Ontario” and let him hire more of the apprentices his firm employs.
McNaughton billed the changes as part of Premier Doug Ford’s push to make Ontario open for business by reducing red tape.
Last week, Ford unveiled “Open for Business” signs at a Sarnia-area border crossing with economic development minister Jim Wilson, who quit cabinet and caucus hours later, sparking Monday’s cabinet shuffle. Ford’s office initially said Wilson left to deal with “addiction issues,” but Ford later confirmed media reports the Simcoe Grey MPP faced a sexual misconduct allegation.
Earlier Friday, McNaughton visited a new OPP communication centre going up on Exeter Road.
“This is a very important project for people in Southwestern Ontario,” he said. “This police communication centre receives about 1,000 calls every day, many of them emergencies, so it is important we ensure that the proper infrastructure is in place.”
The more-than 30,000 sq. ft., $14-million facility is expected to be up and running by next October. It will triple the communications centre’s capacity, so provincial police can use it as a backup for its four other centres across the province.
Carmelo Serrentino, left, senior site superintendent with construction services firm StuartOlson, updates Infrastructure Minister Monte McNaughton Friday on progress on the $14-million OPP communications centre going up on Exeter Road in London.