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Compulsory Trades Certification System

A Message from BCFED:

Dear friends,

The BC government is reintroducing a compulsory trades certification system in BC called Skilled Trades Certification. Announcement details and a technical briefing can be found here. This is a critical announcement for trades workers in BC, and it will translate into better jobs and more employment security for thousands of workers across our province.  

Now we need your support to ensure the BC government rolls out the strongest program possible. Parliamentary Secretary Mercier has launched a consultation process, including a series of round table discussions. These are happening imminently and there are still spots to fill. The BC NDP government would like to hear from uncertified trades workers to learn how they can best support them through this transition. We are asking for your help to reach out these workers.  

In particular they would like to hear from workers in the 10 initially impacted trades:  

·         mechanical: gasfitter Class A and B, steamfitter/pipefitter, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic and sheet metal worker;  

·         electrical: powerline technician, industrial electrician, and electrician (construction); and  

·         automotive: heavy-duty equipment technician, automotive service technician and autobody and collision technician. 

If you are in contact with uncertified trades workers or have suggestions for how the BC NDP government can better reach out to these workers, please contact me at

Thank you so much for considering this request,

In solidarity,

Rohini (Reah) Arora ਰੋਹਿਨੀ ਅਰੋੜਾ she/her

Director of Organizing & Campaigns