Canada. Access Denied: The Effect of Apprenticeship Restrictions in Skilled Trades
Outdated provincial regulations are needlessly limiting the number of apprenticeship opportunities available to trades workers, Provinces regulate whether workers must complete a certified apprenticeship to legally work in an occupation, the length of apprenticeship terms, and the rate at which firms may hire apprentices relative to the number of certified workers they employ, known as a journey person-apprentice ratio. Governments have set these regulations in order to protect workers and the general public by encouraging workers to gain the proper training in skilled trades. However, entry restrictions are not the best means by which to regulate the quality and safety of work, say the authors. Instead of regulating the rate of apprentice entry, governments should focus on regulating quality of work and safety standards.