Skilled Trades

Find out about apprenticeship and the resources available.


An apprentice is a paid employee who works under the supervision of a certified journeyperson to learn the skills of their trade. Approximately 80% of their time is spent on the job and 20% in technical training. An apprentice must be registered with the regional apprenticeship authority and fulfill all requirements established by their province or territory. Apprentices often qualify for financial supports, including Employment Insurance while in school.

  • An online service for information on apprenticeship and skilled trades.
  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP): OYAP opens the door to apprenticeship by helping young people obtain placements in 150+ skilled trades that can be learned through apprenticeship training. Links to apprenticeship information, opportunities, and training are available through this site.
  • Skills Ontario: A provincial not-for-profit, which works with employers, educators, and labour groups to reposition trades and technical careers as a first choice option for youth.
  • The Ontario College of Trades: The Ontario College of Trades strives to promote respect and recognition for Ontario’s tradespersons who consistently bring quality work and professionalism to their individual and collective practices.
  • Canadian Apprenticeship Forum: The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum is a non-profit organization that connects Canada’s apprenticeship community.