Ontario Overview Report 2007
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by Marinka Ménard, Statistics Canada, Cindy K.Y. Chan and Merv Walker, Gordon Group
The National Apprenticeship Survey (NAS) 2007 looks at factors affecting the completion, certification and transition of apprentices to the labour market. It builds on the content and experience gained through two previous surveys on apprentices, the first completed in 1989 and 1990 and the second in 1994 and 1995. The 2007 survey was a collaborative effort on the part of Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), apprenticeship authorities in each of the provinces and territories, and Statistics Canada. The work was carried out under the guidance of the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA).
Many academics and various stakeholders contributed to the design of the survey instrument. Most importantly, this report would not have been possible without the 30,000 current and former apprentices who took the time to respond to the survey questionnaire.
Work on the 2007 survey began in 2005. Provincial and territorial governments provided guidance regarding the kind of information to be collected and relevant data concerning apprenticeship registrations in the respective jurisdictions. HRSDC contributed the financial resources to execute the 2007 NAS and, in its capacity as a CCDA member managed the external advisory process necessary for the design of the survey. Statistics Canada provided survey design expertise and administration capabilities to carry out the survey.
This provincial report, along with similar reports that are available for other jurisdictions and for Canada as a whole, form the first group of reports to be published from the 2007 survey data. Topic-specific monographs will form the second series of reports, to be released in 2009. It is hoped that the findings will contribute to the ongoing dialogue by governments, industry and unions to ensure that the apprenticeship systems in Canada continue to respond to the demands of the 21st century.
HRSDC, the CCDA and Statistics Canada wish to thank all who participated in developing and responding to the survey.
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