Workforce Development

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.

Members to the Apprenticeship and Certification Board have been appointed and they are actively working to make progress on the implementation of new requirements under the Act. Furthermore, recruitment of members to the Sector Committees has been completed and consultations with the Sector Committees to inform the new by-laws and regulations will begin in Spring 2022. To view a timeframe to develop and pass new Apprenticeship and Certification Board by-laws & regulations and operationalize these changes visit timeframe.