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Pathways To The Skilled Trades

Program Code: COWD 102

Program Length: 8 weeks

Start Date:

TBD: Please stay tuned for updates on the upcoming intake

Age Group: 18 - 30 years of age


Pathways to the Trades is a FREE 8-week program targeting clients who are currently unemployed, interested in exploring the trades, and are experiencing financial hardship. This specialized program has been designed to help you make a successful transition into the trades, whether you have completed high school or not. This will be achieved through a strong focus on developing individualized learning plans, advising, career exploration, and skill building.

Program Duration: 8 weeks, followed by an opportunity for a paid work placement for those students who attend all training and fully participate in employment prep workshops, including submission of all required materials.

The program includes 30 hours of training per week including 15 hours of trades exposure relevant to the specific pathway chosen, 6 hours of academic upgrading, and 2 hours of employment prep. You will also complete safety training and other relevant certifications including First Aid and Working at Heights. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to participate in possible facility tours, hear from people already in the trade, and participate in workshops discussing pathways, emotional intelligence, the apprenticeship process, funding your education, time management, budgeting, and other relevant topics.

Program Supports:

  • Participants will earn minimum wage to attend classes (30 hrs/week)
  • Additionally, they will earn a bonus for program & work completion
  • They will also receive safety gear for in-class training as well as work placements.

This program is funded by the Government of Canada.


Program Areas

Finish Carpentry

Drafting, safety, introduction to tools, cabinet construction


Horticulture, Groundskeeping, Arborist

Industrial Trades (April 8 - May 31, 2024)

Machine Shop, Welding, Electrical Controls

Residential Construction

Plumbing, Electrical, Framing

Your Career

Canada currently faces a critical shortage of skilled workers. Skilled tradespeople will be increasingly in demand because of the rapid pace of technological changes and as current workers in the field begin to retire. 

This program will provide you with the knowledge, the foundational skills, and the employment assistance to begin exploring a career in the skilled trades.

Work Placement

Employment support will be provided to eligible participants.

To be eligible for employment support participant must, meet attendance requirement for all courses, including employment prep, hand in all assignments, research job opportunities, follow up on leads provided by program and participate in Job Fairs. Placements are not guaranteed

Admission Requirements

Eligibility Criteria

  • Must be fully available to attend all classes
  • Interested in the trades but unsure as to which path to choose
  • Financial hardship must be demonstrated

Eligibility and Program Requirements

  • Basic skill assessment required to determine supports needed
  • Attend an interview (by invite only, based on assessment results)

Academic Requirements

  • High school diploma is not required
  • Must be Permanent Resident or Canadian citizen



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Program Contact

William Linton,
Project Manager, Pathway Initiatives

Upcoming Info Sessions

Please stay tuned to the website for updates on the upcoming intake