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The Building Opportunities in the Skilled Trades Act, 2021 received Royal Assent on June 3, 2021 and it established Skilled Trades Ontario. The Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development is responsible for regulatory decisions related to the trades and Skilled Trades Ontario.

The creation of Skilled Trades Ontario was recommended in the Skilled Trades Panel’s first report. The Skilled Trades Panel was appointed by the Minister of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development in September 2020 to inform the government’s Skilled Trades Strategy. The Panel was asked to engage with stakeholders and provide advice and recommendations to the Minister that reflect a broad industry perspective, are responsive to the diverse nature of the skilled trades in Ontario and that contribute to the modernization of the skilled trades and apprenticeship system.

Previously, the Ontario Legislature passed Bill 47, Making Ontario Open for Business Act, 2018, which legislated the wind-down of the Ontario College of Trades and made other changes to Ontario’s apprenticeship and skilled trades system.