Are there exceptions to being on the Skilled Trades Registry if you are doing plumbing work in someone else's home as a handyman?

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Posted by: from Burlington
4/29/2022 at 12:32:38 PM

Hi there, I recently had some work done in the bathroom of the unit I am renting and I have since found out the person who did the work is not listed on the Ontario Skilled Trades Registry as being a plumber. I am just wondering if there are exceptions to the rule? Can some work be done by a handyman? Pipes were replaced behind the shower wall, one was moved higher in the wall, toilet and sink replaced and hooked up. Can this legally be done by a handyman nor listed on the registry?


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Date/Time4/29/2022 at 4:02:15 PM

Hi there

When it comes to soldering a joint or putting a kitchen faucet together for finishing that is fine for handyman but as for drainage it is strictly important that he knows the Ontario plumbing code and follows the requirements without breaking any rules to prevent any future problems . This is why it's important to hire a licensed plumber

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Mike from KB Stoneworks in Langley
Date/Time4/30/2022 at 4:26:23 AM

In BC, there are two trades that are required by law

One is gas-fitting

The other is electrical

So plumbing without a licence isn't recommended but not required by law.

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Sarah from Quinte Plumbing in Brighton
Date/Time5/4/2022 at 8:15:52 AM

No, that work should have been done by a licensed plumber.

In Ontario Plumbing is a restricted trade. You must have a plumbing license to work on plumbing systems. The only exception to the rule is a person doing plumbing on their own home on their own property.

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Mark from CMJ Renovations in Oakville
Date/Time5/8/2022 at 10:45:59 PM

A handyman can do this work, a skilled trade person is required when running new drainage not existing. You are fine.

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