Types of Trades

The Ontario College of Trades has created a 2-page pdf handout called “How to work legally in a compulsory trade in Ontario”. You can find near the bottom of the page, here: http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/resources. It is very worth reading.

To check if a trade is regulated, use the www.jobbank.gc.ca website:
- Scroll down a bit on the main page and click the “Explore Careers” link
- Type in the “Occupation”, then your city, and click “Search”.
- (You will see lots of information here including job postings, local wage info, outlook, and education & job requirements.) Click on the “Education & Job Requirements” tab. As the trades are regulated by the province, and not the city, you will need to click the “Ontario” tab to find out if the trade is regulated. You will find this highlighted in a red box.

What does it mean for a trade to be “Regulated”?
- If a trade is “Regulated - compulsory”, it means that it is illegal to work in this job if you are not certified in the trade or registered as an apprentice with that employer.
- If a trade is “Regulated - voluntary”, it is an option to become certified so that you can prove your breadth of experience to employers. You are allowed to do this work without being certified, but it is the employer’s choice whether they prefer to hire someone who can show proof of their experience (i.e. be certified, have certain Welding tickets, etc.)
- If a trade has a Red Seal exam available, passing the exam means that all provinces in Canada will recognize your full certification in that trade. You will not need to re-certify if you want to work in a different province.

The following is a list of the trades available in Ontario. As you can see there is an extensive range of options available. What trade is best for you? Which trades are currently in demand and will be in the future? These are questions you’ll be able to answer with strong labour market research. Work with your employment counsellor to make the right decision for you.

Trades marked with an asterisk (*) denote that it is a compulsory trade. See the section “What is an Apprenticeship” for an explanation on compulsory trades.

Construction Sector:

  • Architectural Glass and Metal Technician
  • Brick and Stone Mason
  • Cement (Concrete) Finisher
  • Cement Mason
  • Concrete Pump Operator
  • Construction Boilermaker
  • Construction Craft Worker
  • Construction Millwright
  • Drywall, Acoustic and Lathing Applicator
  • Drywall Finisher and Plasterer
  • Electrician - Construction and Maintenance *
  • Electrician - Domestic and Rural *
  • Exterior Insulated Finish Systems Mechanic
  • Floor Covering Installer
  • General Carpenter
  • Hazardous Materials Worker
  • Heat and Frost Insulator
  • Heavy Equipment Operator - Dozer
  • Heavy Equipment Operator - Excavator
  • Heavy Equipment Operator - Tractor Loader Backhoe
  • Hoisting Engineer - Mobile Crane Operator 1 *
  • Hoisting Engineer - Mobile Crane Operator 2 *
  • Hoisting Engineer - Tower Crane Operator *
  • Ironworker - Generalist
  • Ironworker - Structural and Ornamental
  • Native Residential Construction Worker
  • Painter and Decorator - Commercial and Residential
  • Painter and Decorator - Industrial
  • Plumber *
  • Powerline Technician
  • Precast Concrete Erector
  • Precast Concrete Finisher
  • Refractory Mason
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic *
  • Reinforcing Rodworker
  • Residential Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic *
  • Residential (Low Rise) Sheet Metal Installer
  • Restoration Mason
  • Roofer
  • Sheet Metal Worker *
  • Sprinkler and Fire Protection Installer
  • Steamfitter *
  • Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Setter

Industrial Trades

  • Bearings Mechanic
  • Blacksmith
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Composite Structures Technician
  • Computer Numerical Control (CNC) Programmer
  • Die Designer
  • Draftsperson - Mechanical
  • Draftsperson - Plastic Mould Design
  • Draftsperson - Tool & Die Design
  • Electric Motor System Technician
  • Electrical Control (Machine) Builder
  • Electrician (Signal Maintenance)
  • Elevating Devices Mechanic
  • Entertainment Industry Power Technician
  • Facilities Mechanic
  • Facilities Technician
  • Fitter - Assembler (Motor Assembly)
  • General Machinist
  • Hydraulic/Pneumatic Mechanic
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Industrial Mechanic Millwright
  • Instrumentation and Control Technician
  • Light Rail Overhead Contact System Linesperson
  • Locksmith
  • Machine Tool Builder and Integrator
  • Metal Fabricator (Fitter)
  • Mould Designer
  • Mould Maker
  • Mould or Die Finisher
  • Optics Technician (Lens and Prism Maker)
  • Packaging Machine Mechanic
  • Pattern Maker
  • Precision Metal Fabricator
  • Pressure Systems Welder
  • Process Operator - Food manufacturing
  • Process Operator - Power
  • Process Operator - Refinery, Chemical and Liquid Processes
  • Process Operator -  Wood Products
  • Pump Systems Installer
  • Railway Car Technician
  • Relay and Instrumentation Technician
  • Roll Grinder/Turner
  • Saw Filer/Fitter
  • Ski Lift Mechanic
  • Surface Blaster
  • Surface Mount Assembler
  • Thin Film Technician
  • Tool and Cutter Grinder
  • Tool and Die Maker
  • Tool and Gauge Inspector
  • Tool/Tooling Maker
  • Tractor-Trailer Commercial Driver
  • Water Well Driller
  • Welder

Motive Power

  • Agricultural Equipment Technician
  • Alignment and Brakes Technician *
  • Auto Body and Collision Damager Repairer *
  • Auto Body Repairer *
  • Automotive Electronic Accessory Technician *
  • Automotive Glass Technician
  • Automotive Painter
  • Automotive Service Technician *
  • Fuel and Electrical Systems Technician *
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Marine Engine Technician
  • Motive Power Machinist
  • Motorcycle Technician *
  • Powered Lift Truck Technician
  • Recreation Vehicle Technician
  • Small Engine Technician
  • Tire, Wheel and Rim Mechanic
  • Transmission Technician *
  • Truck and Coach Technician *
  • Truck-Trailer Service Technician *
  • Turf Equipment Technician

Services Sector

  • Aboriginal Child Care Practitioner **
  • Agricultural - Dairy Herdsperson
  • Agricultural - Fruit Grower
  • Agricultural - Swine Herdsperson
  • Appliance Service Technician
  • Arborist
  • Assistant Cook
  • Baker
  • Baker-Patissier
  • Chef
  • Child and Youth Worker
  • Child Care Practitioner
  • Cook
  • Developmental Services Worker
  • Educational Assistant
  • Electronic Service Technician
  • Gemsetter/Goldsmith
  • Hairstylist *
  • Hardware, Lumber and Building Materials Retailer
  • Horse Groom
  • Horse Harness Maker
  • Horticultural Technician
  • Information Technology - Contact Centre Customer Service Agent
  • Information Technology - Contact Centre Sales Agent
  • Information Technology - Contact Centre Technical Support Agent
  • Information Technology - Hardware Technician
  • Information Technology - Network Technician
  • Institutional Cook
  • Micro Electronics Manufacturer
  • Native Clothing and Crafts Artisan
  • Network Cabling Specialist
  • Parts Technician
  • Pool, Hot Tub and Spa - Installer
  • Pool, Hot Tub and Spa - Service Technician
  • Retail Meat Cutter
  • Saddlery
  • Special Events Coordinator
  • Utility Arborist
  • Wooden Boat Rebuilder
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