About Us


The College of Trades Appointments Council (the 'Council') was established by the Government of Ontario in July 2010 under section 63 of the Ontario College of Trades and Apprentices Act, 2009 (the 'Act') as a non-board governed regulatory agency, responsible to the Minister of Labour. 

The Act stipulates that the Appointments Council shall be composed of a chair and eight other members appointed by the Lieutenant Governor in Council.

How the Council Members are Selected - Public Appointments Secretariat
Members of the Appointments Council are recruited through the Public Appointments Secretariat which publishes on its website information on the principles governing the Public Appointments Process and How to Apply for a public appointment position.

The Appointments Council - Mandate

The Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 establishes that the Council has a duty to appoint to the Ontario College of Trades:

  • the members of the board (of governors);
  • the members of divisional and trade boards; and
  • the members of the roster of adjudicators.

The Act also directs the Council to take into account, across the total appointments to the College, the importance of reflecting:

  • Ontario's English and French duality;
  • the diversity of Ontario's population;
  • gender balance;
  • representation from unionized and non-unionized and from large, medium and small business environments; and
  • the various geographic areas of Ontario named in a Board regulation.

The Council ensures that recruitment and selection are conducted in an open, fair, and transparent manner.

Appointments made by the Council support the Ontario College of Trades in its mandate to build the profile of individuals who make up the skilled trades sector, to foster greater opportunities for apprentices, and in playing an active role in how tradespersons are trained and certified for the job.