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Recognition by Quebec of Ontario Construction Workers

This fact sheet is provided for your information and convenience only. It is not a legal document. For further information contact the Jobs Protection Office of the Ministry of Labour.

Ontario construction workers seeking employment in Quebec must have either their Ontario certification; or validation of their experience in a trade or specialized field plus proof of health and safety training, before registering with Quebec authorities.

With the exception of the small residential renovation sector, all construction workers must register with the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) in order to obtain a card showing their union membership. Additional documents may be required, such as proof of identification, T4 slip or pay stub, proof of residency such as a gas or telephone bill and proof of completion of a health and safety training course.

Ontario Construction Workers

Ontario construction workers belong to one of the following categories:

  1. Certified in a compulsory * ] or voluntary trade. ** ]
  2. Registered apprentice in a compulsory or voluntary trade.
  3. Uncertified, with
    1. experience in all aspects of a voluntary trade; or,
    2. experience in some aspects of a voluntary trade.
    (Refer to fact sheet on Activities of Trades)
  4. Certified workers or trainees in a trade regulated by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA).
  5. Workers seeking a job in one of Quebec's 40 semi-skilled occupations.
  6. Uncertified workers and contractors who perform specialized construction work (install, repair or maintain products where a manufacturer's warranty is conditional upon being trained by a manufacturer or approved trainer).

    (Refer to fact sheet on Specialized Construction Work)

* ] Workers in compulsory construction trades must be certified or registered as an apprentice in order to work in Ontario. Compulsory construction trades in Ontario are: Electrician, Sheet Metal Worker, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic, Plumber, Steamfitter and Hoisting Engineer (crane operator).

** ] Workers in voluntary construction trades such as Carpenter, Painter or Roofer do not require certification or registration as an apprentice in order to work in Ontario.

1. Certified Workers in Compulsory or Voluntary Trades

  1. Ontario construction workers who have a Provincial or Interprovincial [IP] (Red Seal) Certificate of Qualification from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, (MTCU) in any Ontario compulsory or voluntary trade recognized in the 2006 Ontario-Quebec Construction Labour Mobility Agreement may work in Quebec with or without an Ontario employer. (Appendix 1, Table 1 of the Agreement lists recognized trades and is attached to this fact sheet.)
  2. Ontario workers holding a Certificate of Apprenticeship after completion of training in a recognized voluntary trade for which Ontario has no Provincial or Interprovincial Certification exam may work in Quebec as a journeyperson.
  3. Ontario workers with a provisional confirmation of qualification from MTCU in a recognized voluntary trade may work in Quebec as a last period apprentice.

  4. Ontario workers with a TSSA Certificate may also work in Quebec. (Refer to section 4 of this fact sheet)

    NOTE: All Ontario workers who hold one of the trade certificates referred to in this Section meet Quebec's health and safety training requirement. These certificates are referred to in this fact sheet as "Ontario Certificates" unless otherwise specified.

2. Registered Apprentices

  • Ontario construction workers with an Apprenticeship Identification Card in a compulsory or voluntary trade have to prove completion of a recognized health and safety training course upon registration with the CCQ.

    (Appendix 5 of the Agreement lists recognized occupational health and safety training courses and providers and is attached to this fact sheet.)

  • Registered apprentices must also obtain from MTCU documented proof of the number of completed hours in their apprenticeship program. The CCQ requires this official document upon registration in order to determine the applicable period of apprenticeship and corresponding wages.

3.  Uncertified Workers

  • Uncertified Ontario construction workers who have experience in all aspects of a voluntary trade and who wish to work in that trade in Quebec may apply to the MTCU to write their trade exam in order to obtain their Ontario or IP Certificate. Such workers may also become certified in Quebec by fulfilling the requirements set by the CCQ.
  • Uncertified workers with experience in some aspects of a voluntary trade, and employed by an Ontario contractor seeking work in Quebec, may be evaluated by the MTCU in order to obtain a Trade Activity Card from the Jobs Protection Office (JPO).
(Refer to fact sheet on Activities of Trades)

4.  Trades Regulated by the Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA)

  • Ontario workers with a TSSA Certificate of Qualification must register with the CCQ if they carry out construction work in Quebec.
  • They may also have to present their Ontario Certificate(s) to the Ministère de l'Emploi et de la Solidarité Sociale (MESS), or to the Régie du bâtiment du Québec (RBQ) for work that involves boilers and presssure vessels, appliances, elevating devices, or equipment using gas, propane or petroleum.
  • Apprentices have to provide training records and proof of completion of a recognized health and safety course.

5. Access to Occupations in Quebec

  • Ontario construction workers seeking employment in one of the 40 semi-skilled occupations in Quebec have to apply for a CCQ Occupation Card (or a CCQ card showing union membership if they already have their Ontario certification) by presenting:
    • either their Ontario trade certification, or
    • proof (T4s or pay stubs) of 750 or more hours of work experience in an occupation; or
    • proof of occupational health and safety training, if the applicant has less than 750 hours of work experience.

(Appendix 4 of the Agreement lists the occupations that currently exist in Quebec's construction industry and is attached to this fact sheet.)

6. Specialized Construction Work

  • Uncertified workers and contractors who perform specialized construction work should refer to the fact sheet on Specialized Construction Work for information on how and when to obtain a Specialized Construction Work Card.
  • Construction work is specialized if:
    • It requires expertise on a particular construction technique or product; and,
    • The manufacturer's warranty for the technique or product is conditional upon all work being done by a person who has completed the manufacturer's compulsory training program.

Further Information

For further information regarding the application process to write an Ontario or IP trade exam, to be assessed in recognized trades activities, or to obtain written confirmation of apprenticeship hours already completed, contact:

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities,
Ottawa District Office
347 Preston Street, 3rd, Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3H8

Tel: (613) 731-7100
Toll free: 1-877-221-1220
Fax: (613) 731-4160

For further information on TSSA certification, contact:

Technical Standards and Safety Authority
3300 Bloor Street West, 14th Floor
Centre Tower
Toronto, Ontario  M8X 2X4

Tel: (416) 734-3300
Toll Free: 1-877-682-8772
Fax: (416) 231-4903

For general assistance or information, contact:

Jobs Protection Office of the Ministry of Labour
2378 Holly Lane, Suite 202
Ottawa, Ontario K1V 7P1

General Inquiry: (613) 260-8351
Hotline: 1-888-998-9959
Fax: (613) 260-8369
E-mail

Attachment 1

Appendix 1 Table 1 of the Agreement


  Quebec Title Ontario Title Interprovincial (IP)
Red Seal Title
1 Électricien / Electrician (regulated under R-20 and F-5) 1 ] Electrician – construction
and maintenance / Électricien – construction et entretien ** ]
Construction Electrician / Électricien (construction)
Ont: IP only
2 Ferblantier / Tinsmith Sheet metal worker / Tôlier ** ] Sheet metal worker / Ferblantier
Ont: IP only
3 Frigoriste ou Tuyauteur – spécialité du frigoriste / Refrigeration mechanic or pipe-fitter – specialty of refrigeration Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic / Mécanicien en réfrigération et en climatisation ** ] Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic / Mécanicien de réfrigération et d'air climatisé
Ont: IP only
4 Tuyauteur – spécialité du plombier / Pipe-fitter – specialty of plumber (regulated under R-20 and F-5) Plumber / Plombier Plumber / Plombier  
5 Tuyauteur – spécialité du poseur
d'appareils de chauffage
/ Pipe-fitter - specialty of the heating systems installer (regulated under R-20 and F-5)
Steamfitter / Monteur de tuyaux de vapeur ** ] Steamfitter – Pipe-fitter / Monteur d'appareils de chauffage
Ont: IP only
6 Opérateur de grue automotrice – sceau rouge Mobile Crane Operator (red seal) ** ] Grue automotrice sceau rouge /
Mobile Crane Operator (red seal)
Ont: IP only
7 Briqueteur-maçon / Bricklayer-mason Brick and stone mason / Briqueteur-Maçon ** ] Bricklayer / Briqueteur-Maçon
Ont: IP only
8 Calorifugeur / Insulator Insulator – (heat and frost) / Poseur de matériaux isolants*** ] Not Applicable (N/A)
9 Carreleur / Tile setter   Terrazzo, tile and marble
craft / Métier de carrelagePoseur de matériaux isolants*** ]
N/A
10 Charpentier-menuisier / Carpenter-joiner   General carpenter /
Charpentier-menuisier
Général ** ]
Carpenter / Charpentier
Ont: IP only
11 Chaudronnier / Boilermaker Construction Boilermaker /
Chaudronnier de construction Poseur de matériaux isolants** ]
Boilermaker / Chaudronnier
Ont: IP only
12 Cimentier-applicateur / Cement finisher Cement mason (includes cement finisher) / Cimentier (y compris le finisseur de béton) N/A
13 Couvreur / Roofer Roofer / Couvreur ** ] Roofer / Couvreur
Ont: IP only
14 Ferrailleur / Reinforcing steel erector Reinforcing rodworker / Monteur de barres d'armature N/A
15 Mécanicien de chantier / Millwright Construction Millwright /
Mécanicien – monteur de
Construction
Industrial mechanic (millwright) / Mécanicien industriel (de chantier)
16 Mécanicien de machines lourdes / Heavy equipment mechanic Heavy duty equipment mechanic / Mécanicien d'équipement lourd ** ] Heavy duty equipment technician/ technicien d'équipement lourd
Ont: IP only
17 Mécanicien en protection – incendie ou tuyauteur – spécialité de poseur de gicleurs / Pipe-fitter – specialty of the fire protection mechanic or pipe-fitter – specialty of the sprinkler installer Sprinkler and fire protection installer / Installateur de systèmes de protection contre les Incendies ** ] Sprinkler system installer /
Poseur de gicleurs Ont: IP only
18 Monteur d'acier de structure / Structural steel erector Ironworker / Ferronnier N/A
Ont: IP only as ironworker
19 Peintre / Painter Painter decorator (commercial and residential) / Peintre - décorateur – secteur commercial et résidentiel ** ] Painter and decorator /
Peintre et décorateur
Ont: IP only
20 Plâtrier / Plasterer Drywall finisher and plasterer / Finisseur de murs secs & plâtrier **** ] N/A
21 Poseur de revêtements souples / Resilient flooring layer Floor covering installer /
Installateur de revêtements de sol ** ]
Floor covering installer / Poseur de revêtements souples
Ont: IP only
22 Poseur de systèmes intérieurs / Interior systems installer Lather (Drywall, acoustic
and lathing applicator) / Poseur de lattes ** ]
N/A
Ont: IP only
23 Serrurier de bâtiment / Ornamental ironworker Ironworker / Ferronnier
(Note: Ontario trade is not divided into 2 branches)
N/A
24 Vitrier et monteur mécanicien (code 310) / Setter mechanic (Glazier) (code 310) Glazier and Metal Mechanic / Vitrier et mécanicien des métaux  ** ] Glazier / Vitrier (Ontario
only)
Ont: IP only
25 Opérateur de pelles mécaniques / Shovel operator Excavator operator-Branch 2 of Heavy equipment operator /
Opérateur d'excavatrice-Division 2 d'opérateur d'équipement lourd *** ]
N/A
26 Mécanicien d'ascenseur Elevating Devices Mechanic (EDM-A) N/A

** ] Ontario no longer offers provincial certification in this trade.

*** ] MTCU delivers a certificate of apprenticeship (C of A) to a journeyperson who has completed theoretical and on-the-job training in these trades.

**** ] Ontario exam being developed.

In Ontario:

  • Certification is compulsory in trades numbered 1 – 6 and 26.
  • Certification is voluntary in trades numbered 7 – 25, but may be required as a condition of employment.

In Quebec:

  • Certification is compulsory in trades numbered 1 – 26 in the regulated sector of the construction industry, subject to R-20.
  • In the sector of the construction industry that is subject to regulation F-5, administered by the MESS, certification is compulsory only in trades numbered 1,2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 17, 25 and 26 but may be required in other trades as a condition of employment.

1 ] The trade of Electrician has two Branches in Ontario: Branch 1 (Construction and Maintenance Electricians) and Branch 2 (Domestic and Rural Electrician). An Ontario Electrician-Branch 1 may perform the work of an Electrician in Quebec.  An Ontario Electrician-Branch 2 must fulfil CCQ requirements to work in Quebec. A Quebec Electrician may perform the work of Electrician Branch 1 and Electrician Branch 2 in Ontario.   Also, in Quebec, security systems installation is a specialty included under the trade of Electrician. Quebec workers in this specialty are not fully qualified electricians and as such must fulfil other Quebec or Ontario requirements to perform the work of an Electrician in Ontario.t.

Attachment 2

Appendix 4 of the Agreement

  Occupation  Requirements to Work in Quebec Requirements to work in Ontario
1 Assembler / Assembleu CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
2 Boiler driver / Chauffeur de chaudières à vapeur CCQ occupation card plus  MESS certification  Compulsory TSSA certification
3 Chainperson /  Chaîneur CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
4 Clerk / Commis CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
5 Compressor operator / Opérateur de pompes et de compresseurs CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
6 Distribution welder (gas) / Soudeur de distribution (gaz) CCQ occupation card plus either MESS certification or RBQ testing Compulsory TSSA certification
7 Diver / Plongeur CCQ occupation card and additional H & S requirements Compulsory requirements under OHSA Regulation for Diving Operations and divers' qualifications
8 Driller / Foreur CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
9 Equipment operator (lines) / Conducteur d'engins (lignes) CCQ occupation card Compulsory MTCU certification for hoisting capacity of 8 tons and up. Proof of competency under OHSA Reg. 213/91, s.96 for less than 8 tons
10 Equipment and vehicle operator / Opérateur d'équipements et de véhicules CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade. Operator must be able to prove competency under OHSA Reg. 213/91, s.96
11 Gas fitter (upstream work) / Spécialiste en branchement d'immeubles (en amont) CCQ occupation card  Compulsory TSSA certification
12 General helper / Manoeuvre spécialisé CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
13 General helper (tile setter) / Manoeuvre spécialisé (carreleur) CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
14 Generator operator / Opérateur de génératrices CCQ occupation card plus MESS certification Compulsory TSSA certification
15 Groundsperson / Aide-monteur de lignes CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
16 Heavy equipment serviceman / Homme de service sur machines lourdes CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
17 Hoisting equipment operator "A" and "B" / Opérateur d'appareils de levage "A" et "B" CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
18 Instrument man (surveyor) / Homme d'instrument (arpenteur) CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
19 Labourer (pipe-line) / Manoeuvre (pipe-line) CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
20 Labourer / Manoeuvre CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
21 Line truck driver / Conducteur de camion de lignes CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade.  Proof of competency required under OHSA, Reg. 213/91, s.96.
22 Lineperson (transmission and distribution lines) / Monteur (lignes de transport d'énergie et de distribution) CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade.  Proof of competency required under OHSA Reg. 213/91, s. 96. 
23 Mechanic (lines) / Mécanicien (lignes) CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
24 Oiler / Graisseur-huileur CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
25 Pipe welder / Soudeur en tuyauterie CCQ occupation card plus either MESS certification or RBQ testing Compulsory TSSA certification
26 Pipeline welder / Soudeur de pipe-line CCQ occupation card plus either MESS certification or RBQ testing Compulsory TSSA certification
27 Pump and compressor operator / Opérateur de pompes et de compresseurs CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
28 Rope puller / Tireur de câbles CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
29 Shotfirer / Boutefeu CCQ occupation card plus permit issued by the Sûreté du Québec plus certificate of shotfirer issued by the CSST Voluntary trade
30 Splicer / Épisseur (homme de joint) CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade  
31 Stationary or portable mixing plant operator / Opérateur d'usines fixes ou mobiles CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
32 Steel erector welder / Soudeur monteur d'acier CCQ occupation card  CCQ occupation card plus either MESS certification or RBQ testing for high pressure welding. Voluntary trade  Compulsory TSSA certification for high pressure welding.
33 Storeperson / Magasinier CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
34 "T" Lineperson (communication network) / Monteur "T" (réseaux de communication) CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
35 Tire and Body repairperson / Préposé au pneus et au débosselage CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade for work on heavy equipment.  Compulsory MTCU certification for work on motor vehicles.
36 Trimmer / Émondeur CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade Compulsory training on chain saw (OHSA).
37 Truck driver / Conducteur de camion CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
38 Underground worker (miner) / Travailleur souterrain (mineur) CCQ occupation card Compulsory requirements under OHSA Reg. 213/91, s 307
39 Watchperson  / Gardien CCQ occupation card Voluntary trade
40 Welder / Soudeur CCQ occupation card  Voluntary trade

Notes

  1. To work in Ontario in a compulsory trade, the MTCU and the TSSA will evaluate a worker's qualifications/competencies for the purpose of issuing a certificate.
  2. Ontario workers are required to join a representative association for workers before working in Quebec.
  3. Both Ontario and Quebec workers are required to pay registration fees in order to work in the other province (fees vary depending upon the occupation or trade).

Attachment 3

Appendix 5 of the Agreement

Recognition of Occupational Health and Safety Training

Quebec's compulsory training course entitled "Santé et sécurité générale sur les chantiers de construction" (Health and Safety on Construction Sites) is equivalent to the training acquired by an Ontario worker who:

  1. Holds one of the following certificates:
    1. Ontario Certificate of Qualification (Red Seal) in one of the trades listed in Appendix 1, Table 1
    2. Ontario Certificate of Qualification in one of the trades listed in Appendix 1, Table 1;
    3. Ontario Provisional Certificate of Qualification issued to an Ontario worker in one of the trades listed in Appendix 1, Table 1, for which certification is voluntary;
    4. Ontario Certificate of Apprenticeship in one of the trades listed in Appendix 1, Table 1 for which certification is voluntary; or, in one of the Ontario trades listed in Appendix 4; 
  2. Has worked 750 or more hours in any of the occupations listed in Appendix 4.
    1. Ontario workers must provide proof of their hours of work.
  3. Has completed one of the following Ontario courses:
    1. Courses offered or endorsed by the Workers' Health and Safety Centre and delivered by qualified union, management, college or school board trainers, including:
      • Level I - III or any successor programs.
    2. The Core Certification Training Program administered by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board.
    3. Courses offered or endorsed by the Construction Safety Association of Ontario (CSAO) and delivered by qualified union, management, college or school board trainers:
      • Health and Safety Representatives Program;
      • Trade Specific Multi-level Training Programs:
        • Refrigeration and Air-Conditioning Program (Level I - III);
        • Carpenters Program (level I - III);
        • Acoustical, Drywall and Interior Systems;
        • Pipe Trades (Level I - III);
        • Electrical Utilities Program;
        • Millwrights Program.

The course entitled "Construction Safety", developed by the Ontario General Contractors' Association in conjunction with the Construction Safety Association of Ontario (CSAO).

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