Trades Enforcement

THE COLLISION REPAIR TRADES ENFORCEMENT HAMMER IN ONTARIO

In April of 2013, the Ontario College of Trades, took over the mandate
of protection of the public interest and the promotion/support of the
skilled trades.
 
As part of that mandate Ontario College of Trades compliance and
enforcement staff continue their efforts to ensure those working in
restricted areas of the Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer trade
are trade licensed or a registered apprentice.
 
During the period of May 2013 to June 30, 2014, the College conducted
over half of their inspections in the motive power trade. 8,627 field
inspections were made in total across the province. Of those, 4,844 field
visits were in the motive power sector.
 
Eight percent of all inspections were made at auto body shops. That's
680 visits.

A total of 2,687 people were found working in a compulsory trade or as
an Apprentice without any authority or credentials to do so. Of that
total, 1300 were found in motive power and an additional 405 in autobody
and collision repair. That's 48% found in motive power and an additional
15% in autobody.
 
217 Provincial Offence Notices have been issued and 16 prosecutions were
underway as of June 2014. Motive power was the highest violations area
with 109 tickets issues and 5 charges being laid.
 
Complaints from the public can also be sent to the College. There are
currently 67 complaints on record that were sent to the College about auto body 
shops during the May 2013- June 30, 2014 time frame.
 
Recently:
 
The owner of a collision repair facility in Windsor pleaded guilty to
employment or otherwise engaging individuals in the practice of a compulsory trade 
without certification. Aug 8/14
 
An individual pleaded guilty in the Mississauga Provincial Offences Court
for employing unlicensed auto body technicians. April 7/14
 
An individual pleaded guilty in Mississauga for engaging in the practice
of a compulsory trade without certification. June 16/14
 
More information on the Ontario College of Tades website at www.collegeoftrades.ca