All the HVACR resources you need if you consider joining the skilled trades sector.
APPRENTICESHIPS IN CANADA
A career in the skilled trades is a chance to find a job that is in demand with good pay. Use the following resource from Government of Canada to start your journey as an apprentice.
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...
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.
REFRIGERATION AND AIR CONDITIONING SYSTEMS MECHANIC
Find out what you’ll learn in school and on-the-job through the Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic apprenticeship program from the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development of Ontario
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.
CDI COLLEGE – SECOND CAREER
SECOND CAREER is an Ontario Government Program launched by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. It provides financial help for the training or education that Ontarians require to get a better job.
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.