Bill 61: The Apprenticeship and Certification Amendment Act

On June 14, 2021, Bill 61: The Apprenticeship and Certification Amendment Act was proclaimed and officially came into force. The Bill signals important changes to the apprenticeship and certification system governance model in Manitoba. Through Bill 61, the following changes were approved:

  • The size of the Apprenticeship and Certification Board will be reduced from 15 to 12 members.
  • The Apprenticeship and Certification Board’s strategic plan will be reduced from annually to once every five years.
  • The four standing committees will be replaced with sector based committees that will be advised by industry working groups.
  • The Provincial Advisory Committees (PACs) for each trade will be replaced with industry working groups (IWGs) that can be established on an as needed basis.
  • The voluntary trade regulations will be replaced with Board by-laws setting out training and program standards to allow program standards to meet industry needs and align with interprovincial standards more quickly.
  • Language around designated occupations was modified to bring greater clarity to that process.

To view the new Act, visit The Apprenticeship and Certification Act.

The timeframe shows it will take approximately 18 months to develop and pass new Apprenticeship and Certification Board by-laws & regulations and operationalize these changes. Currently, the Apprenticeship and Certification Board is updating its Board General By-law and new members will be appointed by the Minister of Economic Development and Jobs. The process to appoint Board members is underway and information will be available on the Apprenticeship Manitoba website as appointments are finalized. Recruitment for Sector Committee members began in November 2021 with selections planned for December 2021 or January 2022. Consultations with Sector Committees to inform the new By-laws and regulation will begin in 2022.

For any questions about the Bill 61 contact the Apprenticeship and Certification Board at: apprenticeshipboard@gov.mb.ca.