Let's get skilled trades right

Laura Dawson is quoted in a Northern Ontario Business article about the province’s skilled trades shortage and its effects on construction in Northern Ontario.

“The further you get from Toronto, the more pronounced the (skilled trades) shortage is,” said Laura Dawson, the president of Dawson Strategic, a firm that conducted a new report, on behalf of several Ontario construction associations, on the gaps in the province’s skilled trades and apprentice training system.

One problem, said Dawson, is that the Ontario College of Trades – a regulatory body established in 2009 – requires compulsory certification for certain trades, which limits the number of people who can enter them.

Read the full report on Ontario’s skilled trades and apprenticeship program here.

Read the full Northern Ontario Business article here.