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 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.


Pat Martin  NDP

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


Introduced, as of Jan. 27, 2009
(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

January 27th, 2009 / 3:15 p.m.
See context


Pat Martin NDP Winnipeg Centre, MB

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-257, An Act to provide for the establishment of national standards for labour market training, apprenticeship and certification.

Mr. Speaker, I again thank my colleague from Thunder Bay—Rainy River for seconding this bill.

As a journeyman carpenter by trade, I feel very strongly that the skill shortages in the building trades in our country are not being addressed. The bill seeks to address the failure of the human resources strategy of the government. The bill points out that hiring temporary foreign workers is not a human resources strategy at all. In fact, it is the polar opposite of a human resources strategy.

The bill would standardize and harmonize the curriculum, the entrance requirements and the craft jurisdiction of all skilled craft trades and would create national training advisory committees in each of the skilled trades so that those curriculums could be created and standardized to meet the needs of industry and to further ease the mobility of skilled workers so they could go across the country and have their credentials recognized in the jurisdictions in which they worked.

This is a much needed reform and I hope it attracts and retains the support of all members of the House of Commons.

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