Ontario College of Trades
Ontario College of Trades employees   (Photo credit: Igor Yu)

Recognized as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016)

Here are some of the reasons why Ontario College of Trades was selected as one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers (2016):

  • Ontario College of Trades is fully compliant with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and maintains an accessibility policy for customer service as well as a multi-year accessibility plan and an accessibility website
  • Ontario College of Trades recently launched dedicated web pages to promote skilled trades to Aboriginal peoples, women and new Canadians -- the pages provide resources and information to assist individuals in making decisions to pursue a career in skilled trades -- the organization also launched an online mentoring program for women in trades to help them connect
  • Ontario College of Trades is on the advisory committee for a 3-year Status of Women Canada funded research project that explores barriers for women in construction as well as develops an action plan to increase representation -- in addition, the college works with the office of the Fairness Commissioner to ensure they are recognizing foreign trained credentials and removing any potential barriers for recognizing those credential in their assessment process
Ontario College of Trades employees at a career fair


Industry Professional Organization
Major Canadian hiring locations Ottawa ON, Toronto ON
Full-time employees in Canada 170
Workforce representation female employees (51 %), female managers (21 %), visible minority employees (41 %), visible minority managers (7 %), Aboriginal employees (5 %)
Diversity programs for disabilities, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, LGBT
Formal commitment Chief Diversity Officer (responsible for advising the CEO/Registrar on all diversity related issues in the trades), diversity council (comprised of employees from a cross-section of staff community)
Diversity highlights diversity, equity and inclusion training for all staff, mental health week, diversity and inclusion employee survey
Some of the diversity-focused partnerships Canadian Association for Women in Construction, MicroSkills, Women in the Trades, WiSET, Women in Work Boots, Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario, Indspire, Miziwe Biik, Moose Cree First Nation, Skills for Change, Markham North Welcome Centre

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