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Choosing your next move just got easier. We'll help you find a college or trade school in Canada with programs that match your career goals.

It only takes a couple of fast and simple steps to make a great leap forward in your search for relevant, career-driven training.

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Skills for the construction, extraction, utilities, transportation, and repair services industries are often in high demand. They can also help you earn good pay. For example, according to Statistics Canada, people in the construction industry earn average weekly pay of more than $1,200 (including overtime). You can learn skilled trades like automotive service, electrical work, plumbing, welding, truck driving, carpentry, HVAC repair, and more.

Health Care

According to the Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS), this vital industry is projected to have the second-fastest rate of employment growth from 2019 to 2028. The fields you can study are highly varied, but they include areas like nursing, dental and medical assisting, laboratory technology, massage therapy, phlebotomy, cardiology technology, and many others.

Human Services

This sector is about helping community members who are struggling with personal challenges. COPS projections show that employment in the social assistance industry is expected to grow at the third-fastest rate between 2019 and 2028. Programs in this area can help people become mental health professionals or addictions, social services, or personal support workers.


Professional abilities related to management, office administration, marketing, international trade, event planning, and many similar areas are frequently in demand. According to COPS projections, employment in the "management, administrative, and other support services" industry could expand by nine percent from 2019 to 2028. But people with a business education can apply their skills in almost any industry.

Beauty & Cosmetology

The market for modern skills and techniques related to hairstyling, esthetics, laser treatments, and other spa and beauty specialties tends to remain steady. COPS projections indicate that the industry category that includes personal care services may see employment growth of about five percent between 2019 and 2028.


This kind of training prepares people for career opportunities in commercial kitchens and other professional food service environments. Employment in the food services industry is expected to grow 8.5 percent from 2019 to 2028, according to COPS projections. You can find programs related to cooking, pastry arts, restaurant management, and similar areas.

Design & Arts

Courses of study in this category help creative people develop their artistic talents and technical skills for careers that can provide fun and flexibility. Many designers and professional artists enjoy self-employment. Others prefer having steady, more traditional jobs. Programs are often available in graphic design, interior design, computer-aided drafting, fashion design, and other highly visual fields.

Legal Studies

An education related to law and order can provide a foundation for good career prospects. For example, COPS projections show that the industry category that includes legal services could experience job growth of about 11 percent between 2019 and 2028. You can study for fields like legal assisting, paralegal work, criminal justice, and law enforcement.

Media Arts

With the strong appetite for new digital entertainment and information, career opportunities in this category remain widely available. Canadian students can learn technical and creative skills for cool areas such as music production, audio engineering, animation, special effects, video game design, web development, and more.


According to COPS projections for the period from 2019 to 2028, companies that provide information technology (IT) services are part of Canada's fastest-growing industry (in terms of employment). Skills for high-tech careers can be learned in programs for areas like computer networking, IT administration, cybersecurity, app development, computer support, programming, engineering technology, and similar fields.

Travel, Tourism & Hospitality

An education that centres on helping people experience new places and events can lead to stable career opportunities. For instance, COPS data reveals that employment in accommodation services could grow by about five percent between 2019 and 2028. You can learn skills for managing the guest experience at hotels, resorts, restaurants, airplanes, or special events.

Teaching & ECE

There is consistent demand for people who have the skills to work in classrooms and childcare environments. For example, COPS projections indicate that employment in the nation's elementary and secondary schools could rise by about eight percent between 2019 and 2028. Even if you don't want to become a teacher at that level, you can find courses of study related to assisting teachers, looking after kids, or becoming an early childhood educator.

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How Are Trade Schools Different From Other Post-secondary Schools?

 It all boils down to a difference in focus. Trade schools (also known as technical or vocational schools) place much more emphasis on helping you become job-ready for a specific career than many traditional colleges and universities do. They know that adults like you want a quicker, more reliable pathway into a promising career so that you have an opportunity to improve your life as soon as possible.

That's why the schools on this site offer very directed courses of study that incorporate plenty of practical skills training. They also tend to build more flexibility and convenience into their programs. And their campuses are often located in areas that are faster and easier to get to.

Why Should I Consider Career-Based Training?

First, think about your goals. You want to improve your job prospects and get into, or advance within, a field that has real upsides. And you'd like for all of that to happen as quickly as possible.

Career-oriented training exists for that very reason. It exists for you.

Choosing a school that offers this type of training can be especially helpful if you want:

  • The chance to learn skills that are truly relevant to your chosen field
  • A practical, learn-by-doing education
  • Extra convenience in terms of class schedules, school locations, and online learning options
  • An accelerated course of study
  • Help with your job search and career development after you graduate

How Long Are the Programs?

It depends on what you're after. But keep this in mind: Most of the programs aren't any longer than they need to be. In fact, many of them can be completed in less than one year. And many others require only about 18 to 24 months. Of course, the more advanced the course of study, the longer you are likely to be in school.

As a general guideline, you can expect:

  • A certificate or diploma to take a year or less to earn
  • An associate degree to require up to two years
  • A bachelor's degree to take about four years
  • A master's degree to require about one or two additional years (if you already have a bachelor's degree)

Can I Get Assistance with Paying My Tuition?

Yes, you might be able to, depending on your qualifications. Most schools can assist you with the process of finding out whether you qualify for any student loans, grants, or scholarships. In fact, they often have special departments that are dedicated to helping you discover ways to afford your education.

How Can I Find the Right Trade School for Me?

Well, here's some really good news: You've made it this far already. Which means you're really close. In fact, you might be only a few clicks away from discovering the school that will put you on track to fulfilling your aspirations.

So here's how to proceed: Use one of the search tools on this page to quickly generate a list of options that match your location and career preferences. It's fast, and you can refine the results very easily. Why not begin right now?

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