“Today’s passage of Bill 47, the Making Ontario Open for Business Act at third and final reading is good news for the next generation of skilled trade workers and the auto sector. By permanently shutting down the Ontario College of Trades, Bill 47 has now eliminated an expensive bureaucracy that created red tape and failed on its mandate to attract the next generation to a career in the skilled trades.

Ontario’s new car dealers deeply thank Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade Minister Todd Smith for his leadership, to ensure quick passage of this important legislation. We are confident with the College of Trades now gone, a renewed focus on the skilled trades and promoting them will be better executed.

We look forward to the Ontario Government’s review of the apprenticeship system to increase access to apprenticeship opportunities. This bodes well to help close the skills gap – which is reaching a crisis in Ontario.”

– Frank Notte
Director of Government Relations

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