“The OACC applauds the awareness campaign to educate the public and potential students that they should be looking for a registered private career college offering Ministry approved programs,” said Paul Kitchin, Executive Director of the Ontario Association of Career Colleges. “The campaign is good for the sector and good for the consumer.”
The awareness campaign includes a web site, www.ontario.ca/pcc, a phone number (1-866-410-PCCS) and a Facebook pagethat students can access for more information.
“Any effort that helps minimize the confusion between registered private career colleges and illegal trainers is welcome,” said Kitchin. “It also underscores the importance of students doing appropriate research before enrolling in a program.”
The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities launched the campaign on October 28, the same day they announced administrative monetary penalties for rogue trainers. Illegal business masquerading as private career colleges will face fines of up to $250,000 beginning this month. The Ministry also said they will increase the number of their regulatory staff to 12 by adding two provincial offences officers.
“We will use every enforcement tool at our disposal to protect students and put a stop to illegal businesses masquerading as legitimate colleges,” said MTCU Minister John Milloy. “Most private career colleges offer excellent training and education.”