How can I work in my trade in Ontario?

If you just arrived in Ontario and want to get back into your trade, here are some first steps you can take:

  • Learn about the industrial sector where you will work – employers, working conditions and entry-level qualifications.
  • Know what you need to do the job – you should also know what your skills, knowledge and interests are.
  • Learn and use sector-specific words and language – you should be able to discuss your occupation with others.
  • Find out what credentials are required and where to get your documents translated and your credentials assessed.
  • Look for training, upgrading and help finding a job.

Doing all of these things can be very difficult and frustrating. You can get help, for free, from settlement agencies all over Ontario. To find help, go to Services Near Me and search for "settlement services" in your area.

It is a good idea to contact a settlement agency in your area to help you before you visit an apprenticeship office. Proving that you have the necessary experience in your trade is not easy to do. Some community agencies can help you make sure that you are fully prepared for a meeting with a training consultant.

To work in many skilled trades in Ontario, you must have a Certificate of Qualification. The Certificate indicates that your experience and knowledge of the trade meet Ontario standards. Find more information in How do I get a Certificate of Qualification for my trade?

There are 2 categories of trades:

For More Information

  • Trades Information - A complete list of trades with mandatory and voluntary certification. From Skilled Trades Ontario. 
  • Working in Ontario - Information about getting licensed in your profession or trade, bridging programs, credential assessment and more. From the Government of Ontario website.
  • Pathways to Apprenticeship - Ontario - Information on the Province of Ontario's Apprenticeship programs.
  • Apprenticeship Incentive Grant - A taxable cash grant available to registered apprentices after you have successfully completed your first or second year (level) of an apprenticeship program in an eligible trade. From the Government of Canada.
  • Build ON -  An online pre-arrival program for people who have been approved to immigrate to Canada and plan to work in the skilled trades. Provided by the YMCA.
Last updated: November 14, 2016 4001103