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Among Ontario’s many occupations and career paths, the government has designated 144 recognized trades with apprenticeship programs. These recognized trades offer career opportunity in every region of the province and across four key sectors – Construction, Industrial and Motive Power and Service.

Trades in Ontario have different requirements depending on whether they are compulsory trades or non-compulsory trades and in trades with exams, you can earn a Certificate of Qualification. Certificates of Qualification are valued by employers and for some trades it is possible to get a Red Seal endorsement. The Red Seal Program is national program that sets common standards to assess the skills of tradespeople across Canada. The Red Seal endorsement promotes excellence to employers, instills pride in skilled workers, and facilitates labour mobility.

While recognized trades vary across Canada and internationally, there are ways for experienced workers to have their qualifications and skills recognized in Ontario.

Find more detailed information on trades that interest you.

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Trades Information

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Compulsory Trades

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Non-compulsory Trades

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Red Seal Program


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