Past News

The Ontario College of Trades receives Review Panel decision on Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer trade classification

14th Annual Invitational Golf Tournament

The UA Local 853 Golf Tournament was once again a great success. A special thanks to the Committee who worked very hard to organize this event and a special thanks to Ken Tracey who takes the time out of his busy schedule to organize this annual event for the members.

The winners of the 2014 Golf Tournament were:

Andrew Soomer
John Howard
Robert Fitzgerald
John Fitzgerald

Sprinkler & Fire Protection Installer

Local 853 Business Manager Greg Mitchell announces the exciting news that as of February 2, 2015 it’s official! Sprinkler & Fire Protection Installer will be compulsory in Ontario with a 2 year implementation period. See the link below for the Ontario E-Law and OCOT post.


Ontario College of Trades » Sprinkler And Fire Protection Installer – Classification Change

Ontario sprinkler trade reclassified compulsory


The Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) has anounced that come Feb. 2, 2017 the sprinkler and fire protection installer trade will be reclassified as compulsory, which to some in the industry is welcome news after decades of trying to make it official.

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Funds for Lungs

As the beautiful Tina Giroux-Proulx awaits a lung transplant, she needs your help. Tina is the beloved sister to one of our Local 853 members, and now is the time to show your solidarity. Please visit the link below – any help you can provide is greatly appreciated.