Ontario’s skilled trades agency seeking experts to shape future of apprenticeship

Skilled Trades Ontario accepting submissions to inform development of standards in 2023

TORONTO, ON – Skilled Trades Ontario is inviting subject matter experts to participate in developing standards and examinations to ensure they continue to meet the needs of industry, apprentices, and trades professionals in the province.

“Ontario is internationally recognized for providing top-tier training and certification standards, following best practices and relying on expert advice,” said Melissa Young, CEO/Registrar, Skilled Trades Ontario. “Today, we are building on that progress by inviting experts across the skilled trades to have their say as we work to ensure apprentices are trained to the highest standard and have the tools they need to succeed in today’s workforce.”

Standards Industry Advisory Committees will be responsible for providing support to Skilled Trades Ontario as the agency develops or updates standards and examinations. This could include reviewing examination content, skill competencies, and learning outcomes.

If selected, participants will have the opportunity to contribute their expertise through in-person or online workshops and online surveys.

“Ontario is facing the largest labour shortage in a generation, which means when you have a career in the skilled trades, you have a career for life,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. “To continue meeting the needs of employers and apprentices across Ontario, we must focus on attracting and training a new generation of skilled trades workers. These committees will ensure STO is developing standards that reflect what apprentices need to know, better preparing them for meaningful and well-paying careers.”

Skilled Trades Ontario is seeking experts working in their sector who have the following qualifications and skills:

  • up-to-date, broad knowledge of their trade with specific technical knowledge or experience
  • flexibility and commitment to dedicate time and energy to the task at hand
  • unbiased attitude
  • ability to support Skilled Trades Ontario’s Program Development Specialists
  • responsiveness to requests
  • communication skills

“George Brown College is a leading provider of apprenticeship and skilled trades training, helping the industry address and meet current labour shortages,” said Dr. Gervan Fearon, President of George Brown College. “Today’s announcement is an excellent step forward in ensuring all students in Ontario are trained at the highest levels and prepared for a rewarding career.”

Skilled Trades Ontario is committed to ensuring committee participants have diverse backgrounds and skills, including varying years of experience, areas of specialization and representation from regions across the province.

To express your interest, please complete the submission form on Skilled Trades Ontario’s website.

Quick Facts

  • Standards Industry Advisory Committees will allow certified experts in a range of Ontario trades a chance to contribute their expertise as Skilled Trades Ontario develops and updates trade standards and exams.
  • Skilled Trades Ontario plans to review standards for a wide range of Red Seal and Ontario trades this year, including (but not limited to) Automotive Service Technician, Brick Layer, Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer and Welder.
  • The agency also plans to release a Strategic Plan this spring, which will inform further standards development activities in 2023.


About Skilled Trades Ontario
Skilled Trades Ontario is an agency of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development responsible for apprenticeship and skilled trades certification in Ontario. Skilled Trades Ontario is dedicated to simplifying access to services for skilled trades professionals, promoting the skilled trades as a career of choice and addressing the labour shortage in the skilled trades, in partnership with government and industry.   

Marisa Brennan
Manager, Corporate Communications
Skilled Trades Ontario