What are the Skilled Trades?

In Ontario, the skilled trades refer to professional occupations that involve working with your hands and require specialized training. The skilled trades represent a large number of professions. Some examples include chefs, plumbers, electricians, construction workers, and motive power repairers. 
 
As a prospective immigrant to Ontario, you are advised to learn about  the skilled trades before immigrating. There are over 150 designated trades in Ontario. If you are interested in this sector, there is a trade for you.
 
To get more information about the skilled trades sector in Ontario, read our skilled trades manual here. This document will provide you with a detailed introduction to the skilled trades. 

CLASSIFICATIONS OF THE SKILLED TRADES

To help you better understand which trade best fits your abilities, the skilled trades have been categorized into four main sectors: Construction, Motive Power, Industrial, and Service . Each sector includes a number of skilled trades with their own job descriptions and classifications. You can click on each sector to access a trades list with links to a one-page factsheet which includes a brief description of the trade, the required tasks, relevant certifications, labor market information and essential skills. Please note that some trades may not have factsheets.  

 

CONSTRUCTION

INDUSTRIAL

MOTIVE POWER

SERVICE

 

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