All the HVACR resources you need if you consider joining the skilled trades sector.
EXPLORE SKILLED TRADES
Watch Exclusive Interviews with Tradespeople and learn about their work and how to enter their field.
If you experience technical difficulties viewing this page, the interviews can be accessed HERE on YouTube.
JobTalks.org is a SSHRC funded research initiative to promote Skilled Trades careers in Canada.
Watch interviews with tradespeople who love their jobs. Hear why they chose their career, how they entered into it, and how others can too...
CANADIAN APPRENTICESHIP FORUM
Whether you’re working in the trades or a budding apprentice looking for information, Apprenticeship 101 provides you the essential basics you need to know.
Essential information about Canada’s apprenticeship systems. Learn facts, terminology and other important details about apprenticeship in Canada.
JOB TALKS - REFRIGERATION AND AC MECHANIC
Brandi is a Refrigeration and AC Mechanic and a Gas Fitter 1. She wanted a job that was recession proof. She felt that everyone needs heating in the winter and cooling in the summer so her trade choice was perfect! Not very many women in her trade but she believes anyone can do it. Brandi thinks there is a need for more workers. There are many ways to get into her trade; watch her video to find out the possible paths.
THE PROSPERITY PROJECT
The Prosperity Project™ is a new not-for-profit organization founded to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Canadian women who are being disproportionately affected.
The Rosie the Riveter-Inspired Initiative, presented by Ontario Power Generation, is one of the five Initiatives at The Prosperity Project. As part of this Initiative, the Rosie Resource Portal is where you will find online resources for women in STEM, skilled trades, and leadership. where you will find online resources for women in STEM, skilled trades, and leadership.
WOMEN UNLIMITED, A NOT-FOR-PROFIT WOMEN'S ORGANIZATION IN NOVA SCOTIA THAT PROMOTES THE FULL PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN IN TRADES AND TECHNOLOGY
Women Unlimited works with industry, governments, educational institutions and the community to address the systemic barriers that limit the participation of diverse women in these fields.
"I was given the opportunity to attend a Women in HVAC&R presentation. It was great! I really loved their backgrounds, knowledge and support they offer to help women in the trades. Brandi and Jessica have a great understanding of women in the trades, it solidified my decision to pursue a career in HVACR" - Chelsea, Women Unlimited participant, Nova Scotia, May 2021.
"Women in HVACR Canada gave an excellent virtual presentation to our Women Unlimited Trades and Tech career exploration program, and I would recommend them to anyone interested in learning more. Jess and Brandi were engaging, informative, and relatable in their presentation. Their overview was curated for the newcomers in the group, and hearing each of their shared experiences and pathways into HVAC provided encouragement. Their dedication to supporting other women in finding careers that suit their curiosity was clear and welcome to see." - Angela, Women Unlimited participant, Nova Scotia, May 2021.
TRAINING TRADES, THE SMARTEST AND EASIEST WAY TO FIND INDUSTRY APPROVED TRAINING IN YOUR AREA.
Offered by the top qualified manufacturers and suppliers, Training Trades is the quickest method to find a variety of available training near you.
Learn from professionals and discover a wealth of knowledge in the library section. Review training material from industry professionals around the world.
ONTARIO COLLEGE OF TRADES
The trades are not “a man’s world”. All are welcome to experience what the trades are about – all the hands-on elements are teachable.
Women perform just as well as men in the trades. Women also bring many additional skills and perspectives, such as collaborative communication styles, great attention to detail and empathy, which are recognized by many employers in the trades as important and valuable.
NIAGARA AND HALTON (ON) SKILLED TRADES ACADEMY
For those considering a career in the HVAC and Gas Technician in Ontario, the Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academies is the private career college for gas technician training to achieve the certifications needed for success. We offer programs for those with no experience in the industry as well as for those wishing to upgrade their current licenses and skills.
The Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academies provide education outside of a conventional classroom for students to achieve their gas technician licence in Ontario. Boasting technologically advanced classrooms, labs and shops the academy strives to provide the best hands-on learning experience possible to prepare students for the working world quickly and efficiently.
Niagara and Halton Skilled Trades Academies are Technical Standards and Safety Authority training providers and are registered as a Private Career College under the Private Career Colleges Act, 2005.
NORTH AMERICAN TRADE SCHOOLS BRAMPTON (ON)
The HVAC Technician program at North American Trade Schools at the London (ON) and Brampton (ON) campuses provides technical training for individuals looking for a rewarding career working within the HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) industry.
ITA - WOMEN IN TRADES TRAINING (WITT) - BC
The ITA Women in Trades Training initiative is part of a long-term strategy to match women's skills to the needs of BC's workplace. ITA's Women in Trades Training is funded through the Canada-British Columbia Workforce Development Agreement.
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TRADES DISCOVERY FOR WOMEN IN BC
The Trades Discovery programs are designed to allow participants extensive access to the available trades and technical training at BCIT campuses. These highly practical and relevant training programs prepare participants to successfully enter and complete trades/technical training or seek apprenticeship.
ALIS: RESOURCES TO GET STARTED IN THE TRADES IN ALBERTA
Discover profiles with detailed information such as wage and salary, set job alerts for specific jobs, learn about apprenticeship and how to get started in the trades, including information about the Registered Apprenticeship Program in high school, etc. All the information you need to get started in the trades in one place!
ALBERTA APPRENTICESHIP AND INDUSTRY TRAINING (AIT)
Skilled. Respected. Valued.
Alberta’s Apprenticeship and Industry Training system is developed with industry, for industry – resulting in a highly skilled, educated and competitive workforce.
Apprentices learn on the job, ensuring that they receive practical, hands-on-training that meets the needs of current and future employers.
Discover the Industry Network
POLYTECHNICS: TECHNICAL TRAINING COMPONENTS FOR THE TRADES
Explore what NAIT has to offer.
Hands-on, technology-based education that equips graduates with the skills & knowledge that employers want.
Choose your path with SAIT
Whether you’re an elementary, junior or high school student, post-secondary pro or seasoned professional, they have programs and services to help you shape your future and reach your career and business goals.
As the construction industry – and the world around us – continues to shift and change in profound ways, there’s never been a more important time for women in the industry to step fully into who they are, as women and as leaders in the industry.
DIGGING DEEP – A Leadership Discovery Experience for Women in Construction is a unique learning opportunity for women in construction who want to lead as women – and who want to be in the company of other women who are seeking to do the same.
WOMEN BUILDING FUTURES
WBF fosters economic security through employment training, support services, readiness workshops, affordable housing and more.
Women Building Futures offers programs and support services to help unemployed and underemployed women explore and connect to careers that pay above a living wage. The employment training programs provide the introductory skills to begin a new career in areas where women have been historically underrepresented.
TRADE HERIZONS - PEI
Trade HERizons is a career exploration and college preparation program with a focus on exposure to trades and technology careers, enhancing essential skills, career exploration and personal development. Participants experience hands-on learning opportunities with Holland College, meet mentors and tour with industry employers. The program enhances participants' life skills and focuses on labour market research, resumes, interviews, math and team building.