Skilled Trade Schools in Canada

Find Canadian Vocational Training Schools Near You

smiling construction workerAre you looking to start working in a steady, rewarding area of an in-demand trades industry? Trade schools in Canada offer training programs that can allow you to focus on getting into the workforce as quickly and smoothly as possible. And you're already on the right track!

Not sure where to start? Browse through the schools and colleges listed here to find the perfect match for you, or use our zip-code search tool to find the closest schools to you offering the targeted vocational training you want.

Check Out the Top 5 Reasons to Get Trades Training in Canada

Featured Schools

CDI College

  • Richmond, British Columbia
  • Construction Electrician Foundation

Vancouver Career College

  • Burnaby, British Columbia
  • Surrey, British Columbia
  • Carpenter Foundations
  • Construction Electrician
  • Plumber Foundation

North American Trade Schools

  • Brampton, Ontario
  • London, Ontario
  • Cabinetmaking
  • Construction and Maintenance Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship
  • Home Renovation Technician
  • HVAC Technician
  • Solar Energy Technician
  • Welding Technology

Top 5 Reasons to Get Trades Training in Canada

Just what makes a trade school education so beneficial in Canada? Here's a look at why it should be your next step.

1. Trade School Can Help You Stand Out

Many jobs require training and education beyond high school. According to a recent study, almost 7 in 10 workers in the skilled trade sector had some post-secondary education, and the majority of that education (more than 60%) was below the bachelor's degree level.* So with a trades certificate, diploma, or associate degree, you're immediately on par with over half of the work force!

Nearly 8 out of 10 plumbers and electricians had a trade school education, but not all trades are as strict. Only 4 out of 10 workers in the construction industry had education beyond high school. So, with formal training in those fields, you could stand out to potential employers as meeting a higher standard.

2. There's Help Available

Canada's Apprenticeship Incentive Grant is a cash grant that's available to workers who have successfully finished their first or second year (or equivalent level) of an apprenticeship program in one of the "Red Seal" trades. This grant, designed to help cover tuition, travel, and tool costs, is for $1,000 per year, and up to $2,000 per person for those who meet the eligibility criteria.**

3. There's Constant Growth in the Industry

Just over 1 million people were employed in the trades in 2007. Since the 1990s, employment in this area has grown over 2% each year—a percentage higher than the non-trade sector.* In the overall job market, workers in skilled trades are actually better positioned than others. Skilled trade postings were up 40% from previous years, and one out of every five Canadian job postings is for skilled trades.***

4. Workers Will Always Be Needed

It seems like there's been an unfounded stigma about working in a "trade" job. As a result, there's a shortage of skilled workers, especially in these industries:

  • Construction industry (plumbers, carpenters, and electricians)
  • Transportation (automotive and aviation technology)
  • Manufacturing (tool makers, industrial mechanics, and die makers)

In the next two decades, it's estimated that 40% of new jobs will be in skilled trades and technologies.****

5. The Salary is Better Than Average

Who doesn't want a salary that's higher than average? Oftentimes, that can mean an office job. However, if you don't want an office job, but do want a higher than average salary, then skilled trades is a smart choice! As just one example, electricians in Canada earned average starting salaries of $49,845 in 2016 compared to $38,215 for insurance brokers.†

Main Sources

* Statistics Canada, website last accessed on December 11, 2017.

** Service Canada, website last accessed on December 11, 2017.

*** Canadian Business, website last accessed on December 11, 2017.

**** Study Magazine, website last accessed on December 11, 2017.

† Talent Egg, Average Starting Salaries, website last accessed on November 23, 2017.

Red Seal Program, website last accessed on December 11, 2017.