If you're using a contractor or trades-person for services such as residential building, wiring, plumbing, draining, gas fitting, air conditioning or refrigeration work (except plug in appliances), you should check that they have a valid contractor license or they are certified.To learn more click here..
Ask the trades-person if they are an active member of the Ontario College of Trades and have the necessary certification of qualification and a clean record when it came to disciplinary actions or misconduct.
Thanks to the Ontario College of Trades, you can check on the contractors you plan to hire. The college has a public registry, which says whether or not a trades-person is certified.
The Ontario College of Trades investigates public complaints regarding its members through investigations and inspections.
The College is at liberty to enforce charges, penalties, and tickets to its members if an offense has been reported about them.
Members can appeal their charges.
Compulsory trades require that a tradesperson must register as an apprentice, journeyperson, or have journeyperson certification in order to work in the field.You can check this list to view all compulsory trades in Ontario.
In Ontario, Licensed Electrical Contractors are the only business in legally allowed to do electrical work in your home.
Electricians must be registered, certified, and licensed with the governing body before participating in any business.
The College investigates allegations of professional misconduct, incompetence or incapacity made against its members.
Only members of the College are subject to the College's complaints, discipline and fitness to practice function.You can lodge a complaint against a member here.
Under the Ontario Energy Act, administered by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA).
Business must be registered and only Licensed Technician (C of Q holders) are legally allowed to do any work involving gas piping and gas fire appliances in your home.
Plumbers must have their Certificate of Qualifications (CofQ) or be a registered apprentice in order to work in Ontario.
Plumbers must be licensed in order to work in construction, install fittings, install fixtures for water distribution in buildings.
Any plumber working in kitchen and bathroom renovations also requires a license.You can check Certificate of Qualifications here
The Ontario College of Trades (the College) is an industry-driven, professional regulatory body that protects the public by regulating and promoting the skilled trades.
One of the main responsibilities of the College is to ensure that individuals performing the skills of compulsory trades have the training and certification required to legally practice this trade in Ontario.