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Government Relations


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:

  • Promoting and protecting OACETT members’ Qualified Person (QP) status;
  • Building the profile, image and reputation of OACETT as an organization amongst government decision-makers, key stakeholders and groups with which OACETT wishes to become better aligned; 
  • Arranging meetings with senior political advisors and elected officials to present OACETT’s issues; and
  • Providing strategic communications on how to deliver OACETT’s message to stakeholders, government decision-makers and the broader public.
Photo of Cheryl Farrow, MBA, CAE, CEO of OACETT, Doug Ford, Premier of Ontario and OACETT member Clarence Walters, C.Tech.

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.

Photo of Cheryl Farrow, MBA, CAE, CEO of OACETT, OACETT member Clarence Walters, C.Tech. and Hon. Minister Monte McNaughton of the Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development.

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.

Get Involved!

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

CSA Group News - Updates from the internationally-accredited standards development and testing and certification organization
Electrical Safety Authority - A regulatory authority mandated by the Government of Ontario to enhance public electrical safety in the province
Legislative Assembly of Ontario Bills & Lawmaking - Review current bills
Legislative Assembly of Ontario Members - Find your MPP
Ontario Building Code - Information on qualification and registration, available training, dispute resolution and recent code developments
Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing - Supporting local governments to plan, manage and invest in their communities’ futures
Technical Standards & Safety Authority - Delivering  public safety services on behalf of the government of Ontario in four key sectors)