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Ontario appoints reviewer Tony Dean for College of Trades

October 23, 2014 | By Anthony Capkun

(UPDATED November 25, 2014 with website) October 23, 2014 – Ontario is appointing former secretary of cabinet and head of the Ontario Public Service, Tony Dean, to review “key areas of Ontario’s skilled trades system” that fall within the mandate of the Ontario College of Trades.

“As a new organization, we have also identified opportunities to improve certain areas of our regulatory framework, and Mr. Dean’s experience and expertise will be a great asset in helping us address them,” said Ron Johnson, the college’s chair.

A website for Tony Dean’s technical review of the college is now live:



Dean will review issues related to the scopes of practice—type of work performed in a trade—as well as the process for determining whether certification should be compulsory or voluntary to practice a trade. The trade classification review process will be paused during Dean’s work, says the government.

While Dean will consult with stakeholders and receive support from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and the College of Trades, he is to function independently of either.

“I am looking forward to hearing from and talking to the organizations and individuals who have ideas and proposals on the areas encompassed by my terms of reference,” said Dean, who started his working life as a machine tool fitter/millwright at the Dunlop Tire Co. in the United Kingdom. Following an apprenticeship, his trade qualifications were granted by the City and Guilds of London Institute.

The appointment begins this month, and will continue for one calendar year. Dean will then deliver his report to the College of Trades and the ministry, who will review his findings and implement key recommendations.

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