Labour Market Training, Apprenticeship and Certification Act

An Act to provide for the establishment of national standards for labour market training, apprenticeship and certification

This bill was last introduced in the 39th Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in September 2008.

This bill was previously introduced in the 39th Parliament, 1st Session.


Pat Martin  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Not active, as of May 8, 2006
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

The purpose of this enactment is to establish a process for co-operation between all stakeholders in order to establish standards for apprenticeship, institutional training and certification for prescribed trades and secure the recognition of those standards across Canada. The standards will recognize the labour market and the need for a school-to-work transition.

The Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development is given the power to establish a national apprenticeship and training advisory committee (NATAC) for each prescribed trade with representatives from the provinces and from labour, industry and instructional stakeholders. The NATAC will advise the Minister with respect to the trade it represents.

An annual report on the functions of the NATACs will be laid before each House of Parliament and will be referred to a standing committee.


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Labour Market Training, Apprenticeship and Certification ActRoutine Proceedings

May 8th, 2006 / 3:10 p.m.
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Pat Martin NDP Winnipeg Centre, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-267, An Act to provide for the establishment of national standards for labour market training, apprenticeship and certification.

Mr. Speaker, as a journeyman carpenter myself, a tradesman, I am especially pleased to rise today, also in conjunction with the annual conference of the Canadian Office of the Building Trade Council, to introduce a bill about the skills shortage crisis that we face as a nation.

Apprenticeship is the most natural way to communicate craft trade skills from one generation to the next and yet for years and years the federal government has ignored apprenticeship as a training strategy and we are facing this skill shortage crisis today as a result.

The bill seeks to establish national standards for apprenticeship curriculums, standardize entrance requirements and school to work transition measures so that apprentices do not wait until they are 28 years old to join a trade. They can do it right out of high school. It also seeks to encourage more apprenticeable trades. Whereas Canada only has 40 or 50 apprenticeable trades, Germany has 400. We should be going in that direction if we are to meet the skills shortage demands of the future.

I am very proud to present the bill and hope it has broad support from all members of the House.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)