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The Return of Compulsory Certification in the Trades: The Skilled Trades BC Act and Impacts to British Columbia’s Construction Industry

Big changes are on the horizon for trade professionals and the construction industry in British Columbia following the enactment of the Skilled Trades BC Act (the “Act”) on March 10, 2022. The Act will replace the current Industry Training Authority Act. The current legislation is responsible for creating the Industry Training Authority, which has been the Crown agency responsible for managing and supporting trade training and apprenticeships in the province since 2003. This Crown agency will be transformed into the “SkilledTradesBC (the “Corporation”) by the new Act. The Corporation will be responsible for the creation of a compulsory skilled trades certification regime for a number of trade professions. 

As published in the NRCA’s Northern Construction Connection May 2022 Newsletter, and VICA’s e-New.

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