October 3, 2017 – The Ontario College of Trades released its Code of Ethics yesterday, “raising the standards and profile of the skilled trades” in the province by further defining the professional obligations that already apply to all members, and are contained in the Professional Misconduct Regulation.
“This code provides a business advantage for members,” said Don Gosen, chair of the board of governors. “Ontarians want to hire and work with tradespeople who have the right training and are held to the highest standards.”
The code provides members with greater clarity about how to engage in the practice of their trades in the most professional way possible, says the college, and is compulsory for members.
The Code of Ethics aims to communicate to the public that college members are accountable, and there’s a process in place for handling complaints. Like the Professional Misconduct Regulation, the code is enforceable by the college. This means that, should a member contravene the code, it may constitute professional misconduct and could impact that member’s ability to practise their trade.
To learn more, we’ve included some PDFs you can download (below). They include:
• Code of Ethics FAQ
• Code of Ethics Guide
• General Bylaw