Skilled Trade Jobs in Ontario: How to Get Started

Skilled trade jobs

Skilled trade jobs in Ontario will play a key role to help the economy improve due to the COVID-19 crisis. So if you want to know how to work in the skilled trades, engineering, or construction sector in Ontario, here’s what to know.

  1. To build the economy, attracting foreign skilled professionals is a key part of  Canada’s immigration plan. And especially important since many large-scale construction projects continue to move forward.

2. You can find great skilled trade jobs in four key sectors including:

3. Pre-arrival settlement services can help you prepare to work in the skilled trades in Canada.


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What are the Skilled Trades in Canada?


Skilled trades are jobs that either:


There are more than 150 trades that could be a great match for your current skills and experience.  And if you’re looking for skilled trades jobs in Ontario, you can find jobs in four key sectors:   

Construction Sector: Skilled trades related to residential, commercial, industrial, and institutional construction.

Common trades in this sector include:

  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic (HVAC) 
  • Heavy Equipment Operator 


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Motive Power Sector: Trades related to machinery that move people or goods.

Common trades in this sector include: 

  • Elevator Constructors and Mechanics 
  • Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics 


Industrial Sector: Trades related to manufacturing and secondary industry.


Examples of trades in this sector include:  

  • Draftsperson – Mechanical 
  • Tractor Trailer Commercial Driver 


Service Sector: Trades and activities in this sector include retail, real estate, communication, and more.

  • Appliance Service Technician 
  • Network Cabling Specialist 



Learn How to Work in Skilled Trades Before You Arrive in Canada


If you’re moving to Canada, it’s important to research your career options before you arrive. And if you’re interested in working in skilled trades, engineering, or construction, you need to gather information.

So here are some important questions to consider:  

  • What certificates do I require to work in my trade?
  • What documents do I need to bring to Canada?
  • Can I get certified before I arrive in Canada? 
  • What training standards do I need to meet?
  • What language skills do I require?


This information is critical to your success in Canada. But you may wonder where to gather this information? Pre-arrival settlement services can be a big help!


Pre-arrival Settlement Services Can Help You Get Started in Skilled Trades


The Build ON program is funded by the Canadian government and is designed for pre-arrival newcomers to Canada just like you. Because the program is funded by the government these services are available to you at no cost, it’s FREE! 

The main goals of the program are to: 

  • Increase awareness of the trade jobs in Ontario
  • Provide help to build your career in the skilled trades
  • Help newcomers ease into the Canadian workplace.



So if you’ve been approved to immigrate to Canada and have an interest in the skilled trades, this program is for you!

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How Build ON Can Help You


When you join this program you’ll connect with an employment consultant and receive online one-to-one job counselling. You will also receive:   

  • Access to mentors within your field of expertise
  • Help to learn about how to work in Ontario
  • Access to useful resources to find a job 
  • Help with your job search such as writing a Canadian style resume and job search methods


And most importantly, you’ll receive a personal career action plan to help you resume your career in Canada!

So to find out more about how to start your skilled trades career in Ontario join the Build ON webinar. And don’t forget to ask your important questions!


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