Trades in Ontario

Ontario has over 150 recognized trades, of which 23 require mandatory certification. Use the links below to find out which trades require certification and which trades have voluntary certification. You can also learn about the training opportunities and services available to you across Ontario.

Please note that apprentices and certified skilled workers in compulsory trades must be members of the Ontario College of Trades.

Visit Start an apprenticeship on the Government of Ontario's website to find out how you can qualify and apply to be an apprentice in a skilled trade in Ontario.

Services for Apprentices – The Government of Ontario offers services to help apprentices become certified in their field. Find out what services are available to you and where you can access those services across Ontario.

Mandatory and Voluntary certification – This link lists all the trades. The triangle indicates that certification is required. For all the other trades listed, certification is voluntary.

Details specific to each compulsory trade are outlined in the fact sheets below.

Available trades fact sheets:
Alignment and Brakes Technician Hoisting Engineer - Mobile Crane Operator 1 Sheet Metal Worker
Auto Body and Collision Damage Repairer Hoisting Engineer - Mobile Crane Operator 2 Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer
Auto Body Repairer Hoisting Engineer - Tower Crane Operator Steamfitter
Automotive Electronic Accessory Technician Motorcycle Technician Transmission Technician
Automotive Service Technician Plumber Truck and Coach
Electrician - Construction and Maintenance Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic Truck-Trailer Service Technician
Electrician - Domestic and Rural Residential Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic  
Hairstylist Residential (Low Rise) Sheet Metal Installer  

The trade fact sheets are also available in:

  • Arabic عربي
  • Chinese (Simplified)
  • Farsi فارسى
  • Filipino (Tagalog)
  • Hindi हिंदी
  • Punjabi ਪੰਜਾਬੀ
  • Russian Русский
  • Spanish (Español)
  • Tamil தமிழ்
  • Urdu اردو

If you require a copy in your language, please contact

Career Maps

The Ontario Government has developed Career Maps for certain trades that explain in detail every step of the certification process.

Find additional profiles for certain trades.

Bridge Training Programs

Bridging programs are intended to help qualified internationally trained individuals move quickly into the labour market by assessing their existing skills and competencies and providing training and Canadian workplace experience without duplicating what they have already learned. This is a list of bridging programs for trades in Ontario.

Construction Management for Internationally Educated Professionals

George Brown College

This program helps internationally trained individuals enter the Ontario construction workforce in construction management positions. It includes a workplace experience component to help participants quickly transition into a construction management job. Participants receive graduate-level training that builds on their internationally acquired education and experience.

Telephone: 416-415-5000 ext. 4398
Location: Toronto

Programme Accès aux Métiers de la Construction pour les Immigrants «PAMCI»
[Access to Construction Trades Program for Immigrants “ACTPI”]

La Cité Collégiale

This program helps internationally trained individuals find employment in construction-related trades. The program offers practical and theoretical courses in specific skilled trades. It also provides participants with higher level French language courses, as well as occupation-specific language training in both French and English. Participants also receive assistance to get practical internships or apprenticeships. Mentorship and support in securing job placements or apprenticeships in construction-related trades are also provided.

Telephone: 613-742-2493
Location: Ottawa

Trades Win Support Program

Skills for Change

This program prepares internationally trained industrial electricians, construction and maintenance electricians, industrial mechanics (millwrights), plumbers, carpenters, and heating, refrigeration and air conditioning mechanics to write and pass their Certification of Qualification exams and find work in their field. Trade-specific technical and workplace language training is incorporated throughout all program components.

Phone: 905-595-1679 ext.103
Location: York Region, Peel Region

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