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Newcomers in Trades Programs

The YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region is proud to be a leader in offering programs and services for newcomers to Canada interested in working in skilled trades. Programs currently available include:

Power of Trades

Pre-apprenticeship for Home Renovations

Build ON pre-arrival service

Horticulture Training Program

What are the skilled trades?
The skilled trades in Ontario are jobs which are very “hands-on” and that are learned through an apprenticeship. This means that  skills of the job are learned while working. There are 4 sectors of skilled trades in Ontario, each with diverse career opportunities: construction, motive power, industrial, and service.

For more information about the skilled trades and regulations in Ontario, visit the website of the
Ontario College of Trades.

Why choose the skilled trades?
Skilled trades are highly respected career choices. Skilled tradespersons in Ontario and Canada are generally well paid, have good job security and have opportunities for career advancement. Tradespeople can work for large or small companies, work as part of a union, or can even be self-employed. This means that there are opportunities for employees as well as entrepreneurs in the trades.

Many skilled tradespeople in Ontario are older and will retire in the next 10 to 15 years. As a result, there will be a lot of employment opportunities for skilled tradespeople in the next few years. Skilled tradespeople are already in high demand, and with the older generation set to retire, the demand for skilled tradespeople will only increase.
Community Outreach
Our newcomers in trades programs are working with service providers to increase newcomers’ knowledge of skilled trades’ opportunities and pathways. Please contact if you would like to arrange to have a presentation at your location.


View trades lists for each sector below. Click on each trade to find the relevant trade factsheet. The YMCA-YWCA Trades Factsheets provide labour market information, a task breakdown and shows you what essential skills and certifications are needed for the job.  

Introduction to the Skilled Trades: To get more information about skilled trades in Ontario, read the Introduction to the Skilled Trades document.

Apprenticeship Flowchart: One pathway to become a Journeyperson is a formal apprenticeship. Review the Apprenticeship Flowchart to see the steps to complete a formal apprenticeship.

Considering an Apprenticeship Package: To get more information about apprenticeship, read the Considering an Apprenticeship document.

TEA Flowcharts:  If you have experience in the trades and want to become a Journeyperson you can complete a Trade Equivalency Assessment (TEA). Review the TEA Flowchart to become familiar with the steps to complete a TEA pathway.

Employer Incentive Flowcharts: This is the employer guide to sponsor an apprentice; it shows the steps and the financial incentives.

For more information about the Newcomers in Trades Programs, please contact:

Newcomers in Trades Programs
180 Argyle Ave., 4th Floor
Ottawa, ON K2P 1B7


Locations offering this program
Employment and Newcomer Services