Ontario stopped enforcing credentials in skilled trades, right after Doug Ford took power

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Provincial inspectors aren’t checking if mechanics, electricians, other skilled tradespeople are certified. For three years running, Ontario has not enforced its rules requiring tradespeople — such as electricians, auto mechanics and plumbers — to be certified, CBC News has learned. Enforcement of Ontario’s compulsory certification of licensed trades ground to a halt right after Premier Doug Ford’s government took office. It means that since the middle of 2018, there has been no provincial oversight of whether the people working in Ontario’s licensed trades actually have the credentials to do the work. “It’s like having an environmental act with no enforcement,” said Patrick Dillon, business manager of the Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council, a grouping of labour unions.

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