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Practice Details


Communicating alternative documentation requirements for refugees

Classification: Non-Health

Regulatory Body

Ontario College of TRADES


This practice helps regulatory bodies communicate alternative evidence requirements for the accommodation of applicants who lack standard documents.

The Ontario College of Trades has clear steps outlined in their Trade Equivalency Assessment Application Guide (Guide) on the required evidence to complete the assessment of qualifications and experience process. The Guide has a section dedicated to refugees, refugee claimants, and immigrants from war-torn countries, that address the special needs of these groups of people. This includes clear alternative evidence requirements for applicants who cannot provide standard evidence of work experience and demonstrated skills in their trade for reasons beyond their control. The Guide lists examples of alternative evidence, such as a Competency Analysis Profile for a specific trade, signed as an attestation of an applicant's experience and skills.

Value to Regulator

  • Helps to ensure adherence to published criteria, policies and procedures.
  • Helps to accommodate diverse needs of applicants.
  • Helps to improve communication with applicants.
  • Helps to prevent potential for unintended or differential impact on non-traditional applicants.

Value for Applicants

  • Helps applicants better understand the registration process and what to expect.
  • Resources and alternative ways to meet registration requirements are available to applicants.
  • Enables applicants to meet registration requirements in more efficient way; process is streamlined and registration requirements are relevant and fair.

Duties from Registration Practices Assessment Guides

This practice falls under the following duties from the Registration Practices Assessment Guides:

  • Information for Applicants
  • Transparency

Profession's Membership Size

Large (more than 10,000 members)

Date of publication:

Feb 18, 2016