Ontario apprenticeship training, ratios fuel question period debates

December 9, 2011

The issue of apprenticeship training and ratios in Ontario has been the subject of many recent question period debates at the provincial legislature. PC Leader Tim Hudak said the province is in the midst of a job crisis with high unemployment and a skilled traded shortage, pointing to the finance ministry's estimate of one million open positions in the skilled trades by 2021. During the election campaign, Hudak supported lowering apprenticeship ratios to 1:1 across all trades, which he has said would create 200,000 new apprenticeships in Ontario. There are currently 120,000 apprentices in Ontario, nearly 60,000 more than when the Liberal Party rose to power in 2003, said Premier Dalton McGuinty. He said his government has revised apprenticeship ratios in 8 trades, and the College of Trades will re-examine 34 ratios next year. Daily Commercial News