WHAT IS THE INDUSTRY?
The collision repair industry in Ontario is often long on assumptions and short on data.
Let's look at this industry in a snapshot on July 1, 2014
There are 4096 licensed Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer technicians in Ontario on that day. When you include 887 registered
apprentices and 32 Candidate journeypersons then the total comes to 5015.
From May 2013 to July 1, 2014, enforcement officers with the Ontario College of Trades found an additional 405 persons in visits to 680
collision repair shops in Ontario that were working in this compulsory trade or as an apprentice with out any authority or credentials to do so.
Of those 5015 licensed technicians and apprentices, only 43 were women and 29 of those were apprentices.
The average age of an apprentice is 27 and 28 is the average age of a journeyperson candidate. Average age of a tech in our industry is 51.
When you include all candidates, apprentices and licensed techs, the average age in the industy is 47 years old.
Last month (June 2014) the Ontario College of Trades issued 50 Journeyperson Certificates, and 23 Apprenticeship Certificates in our trade.
Of 816 apprentices in this industry signed up during the last three years, only 201, less then 25%, actually attended their training school
at a College the next year.
Although apprentice signing numbers are consistent, those apprentices failed to "fill the seats" at the Colleges and two colleges either
deferred or canceled training classes because of the lack of training attendance support.