With an urgent need for more skilled tradespeople, the federal government continues to invest in resources for employers and apprentices, supporting organizations interested in providing safe and well-paid careers for their apprentices.

Federal Labour Standards

The federal government provides labour standards for employers and apprentices. These standards are provided to ensure employers provide safe and fair treatment to their employees.

The Government of Canada’s Federal Labour Standards provide labour rules for employers and apprentices across the country.

Some of the basic federal standards for employees include:

Some of the federal standards for employers include:

Apprenticeship Standards

It is important to keep the high standards of apprenticeship programs in Canada. Employers require skilled and qualified apprentices, and apprentices need to acquire all skills necessary to perform their work safely and efficiently.

The federal government provides standards and guidelines for individuals interested in how to become an apprentice. The government also provides guidelines for employers interested in hiring and training an apprentice.

Some trades qualify for the Red Seal certification. This certification endorses the provincial and territorial skilled trade certificate, and it is recognized across Canada. Only some trades qualify for Red Seal certifications.

Provincial and Territorial Apprenticeship Programs

Find information on apprenticeship programs and services delivered in your province.

Getting Certified

Tradespeople in Canada are required to have an Apprenticeship Training Standard Logbook. Though it varies by province and territory, the logbook outlines the required skills, knowledge, and competencies that an apprentice needs to learn to complete their training and become a certified tradesperson.

Some skills are considered mandatory while others are optional. Understanding which skills are mandatory and which are optional is crucial for completing the apprenticeship training program and achieving certification in the desired trade.

  • Mandatory skills refer to the specific skills, knowledge, and competencies that an apprentice must learn and demonstrate to complete their training and become certified in their trade.
  • Useful skills also like teamwork and self-motivation do not require a signature from the trainer or the apprentice, but these skills can help to become a successful journeyperson.

This information page provides comparative apprenticeship and certification information on specified trades in Canada.

Provincial and Territorial Employment Standards

Employment standards legislation in each province and territory provides guidelines about the rights and obligations of employers and workers. The guidelines typically cover wages, maximum working hours, vacation, overtime, and leaves of absence.

Find information about employment standards in your area:

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I become an apprentice?

The Government of Canada’s step by step guideline on how to become an apprentice, including resources on how to find a trade, apprenticeship, employment opportunities, and how to get financial assistance and support as you earn a wage while completing your certification.

What are federally regulated industries and workplaces?

The Government of Canada has a list of federally regulated industries and workplaces within both the private and public sectors.

How do I find out if my trade is Red Seal Certified?

The Red Seal trades are governed by regulations under the Provincial and Territorial Apprenticeship acts. Here is a comprehensive list of trades which meet the Red Seal. Use the resource to look up your trade from the alphabetical list. Once inside the page, look for the link that specifies the Occupational Standard, or RSOS.

Is there financial support for me in my region to become an apprentice?

Every region has multiple financial incentives and opportunities for dedicated people to pursue their apprenticeship. Each region offers financial support, specific skill training, and employer partnerships to promote and provide opportunities for you in your region. Contact your Provincial Ministry to find out more about supports available to you.