Skilled trades are in high demand, rewarding, and essential to communities across Canada. Choosing a career in the skilled trades gives you the freedom to turn what you love into what you do.
Follow your passion
Discover which skilled trade is best for you! Earn money while you learn a skilled trade and kick-start a lifelong career that is well-paid, in-demand, and respected.
Find your skilled trade
The skilled trades are an exciting career choice and many are in high demand. Career paths in the skilled trades are full of potential, with more than 300 designated trades to choose from in Canada. Of those, 54 can have a Red Seal Trade designation. Generally, skilled tradespeople work in one of these sectors:
Construction is a multi-billion-dollar industry in Canada that offers high demand careers. It features electricians, carpenters, plumbers, steamfitters/pipefitters, welders, heavy equipment operators, and painters, among other trades.
Transportation includes maintenance and repair of vehicles – ranging from automobiles and motorcycles, to trucks and heavy equipment. Transportation includes trades such as automotive service technicians, heavy-duty equipment technicians, motorcycle technicians, and more.
Manufacturing and Industrial features careers in many different manufacturing sectors, including automotive (parts and vehicle manufacturing), product manufacturing, and the resource extraction and processing industries. Manufacturing trades include tool and die makers, industrial mechanics (millwrights), metal fabricators, and more.
The Services sector is a major industry in the Canadian economy and includes cooks, bakers, hairstylists, landscape horticulturists, and more.
Information and Digital Technology skills are central to many trades including instrumentation and control technicians, and machinists.
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