TADA Statement on the Building Opportunities in the Skilled Trades Act

Toronto (May 6, 2021) – “The Trillium Automobile Dealers Association applauds Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development, for introducing Bill 288, the Building Opportunities in the Skilled Trades Act, 2021 today at Queen’s Park.

This proposed legislation is another important step in Minister McNaughton’s mission to simplify the system, cut red tape and making it easier to navigate the path towards a career in the trades. Once fully implemented, Bill 288 will provide a streamlined, efficient and one-stop shop through a new agency – Skilled Trades Ontario – which replaces the outdated and overly bureaucratic College of Trades.

Ontario’s new car dealers have opposed the College of Trades long before it opened its doors in 2013. It duplicated systems already in place and provided no real value in promoting the trades to the next generation of auto technicians.  We are pleased to see Bill 288 move enforcement back to the Ministry of Labour, leveraging existing resources and eliminating duplication. We also look forward to later this year, when the College of Trades is shut down for good.”

Bill 288 is the latest example showing Minister McNaughton’s commitment to making real and substantial reforms to the skilled trades system. By working towards a one-stop shop and digitizing service delivery, this new client-centred approach will ensure the system meets the needs of those involved in the trades.”

Frank Notte

Director of Government Relations


Since 1908, the Trillium Automobile Dealers Association has been the voice of Ontario’s franchised, new car dealers. Our 1,100 member dealers directly employ over 45,000 people and generate $37 billion in retail sales annually.

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