Government Relations is included as part of OACETT's Five Year Strategic Plan under "Communications and Outreach", the objective being to "target government relations activities in support of OACETT's qualified person's priority and other relevant strategic and operational objectives.
Government relations activities include advancing ongoing efforts in Ontario at Queen's Park, nationally with Public Works and Government Services Canada, professional associations, and industry in order to promote the members' interests, provincially, nationally and internationally - specifically by:
OACETT CEO Cheryl Farrow, MBA, CAE, and member Clarence Walters (C.Tech), were honoured to attend a press conference with Hon. Doug Ford, Hon. Peter Bethlenfalvy, and Hon. Monte McNaughton in support of Ontario Government $21.6M investment in its immigration program to remove barriers facing skilled migrants in regulated professions.
OACETT is pleased to have the Hon. Minister Monte McNaughton of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development visiting the office to showcase our certifications and how we help IEPs transition into the workforce.
With every issue of The Ontario Technologist magazine, members and stakeholders receive an update on Government Relations efforts spearheaded by OACETT and our partner associations; regulatory or legislative changes that will affect engineering technology professionals, including Qualified Person and Right to Practise issues; and government and industry initiatives that will impact OACETT members.
OACETT members are encouraged to be involved politically in their local ridings, which will help raise the profile of all C.E.T.'s, A.Sc.T.'s and C.Tech.'s. Local political involvement by OACETT members complements the Association's advocacy activity, which includes meetings with MPPs and their staff, and attendance at political events. In fact, local activity by members will help influence politicians on issues of interest to OACETT. Politicians, who are elected by local voters, are influenced most by their own constituents.
Members are also urged to let OACETT know if they become aware of any proposed changes to rules and regulations that govern the work they do, particularly with respect to Qualified Person issues.
Email any developments that you learn of to firstname.lastname@example.org.