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How Will the Open for Business Act Impact Home Improvement?

On October 23, 2018, the PC Government of Ontario unveiled the Making Ontario Open for Business Act. The government intends this plan to empower Ontario employers in the creation of more employment opportunities via the removal of regulations that have been deemed by some as unnecessary, inefficient and out of date. The Open For Business Act also seeks to maintain health and safety standards.

Actions outlined in the Ontario Open for Business Act Include:

    • Set all journeyperson-to-apprentice ratios to one-to-one
    • Implementation of a moratorium on trade classifications and reclassifications
    • Winding down the Ontario College of Trades
    • Improving the apprenticeship system in Ontario

According to a recent government news release, one in five jobs over the next five years will be related to skilled trades. To facilitate that, the government has stated that it intends this plan to modernize and transform Ontario’s skilled trades and apprenticeship system.

Ultimately, the desired outcome is to simplify the hiring process for employers, while also making it easier for workers to find jobs in Ontario.

Have Your Say wants to hear from contractors, tradespersons and others who will be directly impacted by this new Making Ontario Open for Business Act. Do you believe that this act will be a good thing for the home improvement/home renovation industry? Or, will Open for Business, make working more difficult?

Find this post on Facebook to have your say on this issue and to read what others in the home improvement and home renovation industries think about the new Making Ontario Open for Business Act.

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