In Ontario, there are 23 compulsory trades . Compulsory trades can only be worked in by apprentices and licensed journeypersons. Some examples include plumber, electrician, steamfitter and hairstylist.
You can find a record of all apprentices and licensed journeypersons in the compulsory trades on the Public Register.
All compulsory trades have certifying exams. Skilled tradespeople in compulsory trades must renew their Certificate of Qualification each year.
Requirements to work in a compulsory trade
To work in one of the 23 compulsory trades in Ontario, you must hold a:
There are certain cases where individuals may be allowed to practice their trade without meeting these requirements. Find out if this exemption applies to your trade.
||Individuals in this group who are practicing a compulsory trade:
|Permanent employees of industrial plant||Individuals in this group:
The exemption does NOT extend to maintenance and repair work on vehicles registered for use on a highway under the Highway Traffic Act.
|Holders of valid equivalent Certificates of Qualification issued by the Province of Quebec OR registered apprentices in the Province of Quebec in any of the following seven trades:
||Individuals in this group:
|Individuals who have completed a Ministry-approved course on the removal and replacement of wheels and rims||Individuals in this group are exempt from the requirement to hold a Registered Training Agreement, Provisional Certificate of Qualification or Certificate of Qualification to the extent that they are removing or replacing wheels and rims on motor coaches, heavy trucks or truck-trailers.|
||Individuals in this group are exempt from the requirement to hold a Registered Training Agreement, Provisional Certificate of Qualification or Certificate of Qualification in order to inspect or adjust the air chamber push rod stroke (the slack adjustment) of the air braking system of the heavy truck or truck-trailer of which they are the driver.|
|Individuals who have completed a Ministry-approved course on the installation, removal, maintenance and testing of water meters||Individuals in this group are exempt from the requirement to hold a Registered Training Agreement, Provisional Certificate of Qualification or
Certificate of Qualification in order to install, remove, maintain and test water meters that have an inlet and outlet of 25 millimeters or less.