OYAP and the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT)
The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) establishes apprenticeship academic and on-the-job training standards. As a result, OCOT decisions and actions may impact elements of OYAP. Currently, under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (OCTAA), all OYAP participants are exempt from the following regulations:
– Wage rates and ratios: Employers are not subject to regulations related to wage rates and ratios for OYAP participants.
– Practise of compulsory trades: OYAP participants are permitted to practice restricted skill sets in compulsory trades.
OYAP participants without RTAs are not required to become members of OCOT. OYAP apprentices (i.e. OYAP participants with RTAs) are required to become members of OCOT; however, they are exempt from membership fees while in OYAP. In order for students to be
exempt from the membership fees, they are required to have signed and submitted the OYAP Participant Application forms to the DSB.
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For more information about OCOT, please visit the Ontario Colleges of Trades website.
The Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (OCTAA) is available online.