Trades in Ontario
Ontario has over 150 recognized trades, of which 22 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 (OCT).
Visit Start an apprenticeship on the Government of Ontario's website to hind 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.
Please see the Skilled Trades in Ontario fact sheet (below) for general information on the certification process for all 22 compulsory trades in Ontario. This general fact sheet contains helpful information on what you can do to prepare for the assessment and certification process before you come to Ontario and what you can do once you arrive in Ontario.
Details specific to each compulsory trade are outlined in the fact sheets below.
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 email@example.com.
The Ontario Government has developed Career Maps for certain trades that explain in detail every step of the certification process.
- Automotive Service Technicians
- Construction and Maintenance Electricians
- Cooks and Bakers
- General Machinists
- Hoisting Engineers
- Industrial Electricians
- Industrial Mechanics (Millwrights)
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanics
- Sheet Metal Workers
- Tool-and-Die Maker
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 ProfessionalsGeorge 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
Programme Accès aux Métiers de la Construction pour les Immigrants «PAMCI»
La Cité Collégiale
[Access to Construction Trades Program for Immigrants “ACTPI”]
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.
Trades Win Support ProgramSkills 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