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The Provincial Building and Construction Trades Council of Ontario (PBCTCO) is an organization that represents 12 craft unions in the construction sector, totaling 150,000 workers throughout the province. Their mission is to give construction workers a collective voice in the workplace, to help ensure that workers are well-trained to meet industry needs, and to promote healthy and safe work conditions with decent wages, pensions and benefits.


Construction Training & Apprenticeship Ontario (CTAO) strives to identify and realize the shared goals of the Unionized Building and Construction Trade Stakeholders, Government Agencies, Educational Institutions and Community Organizations for providing reliable information and establishing collaborative initiatives related to pursuing skilled trade careers.

CTAO is developing, implementing and testing a structured, integrated, accessible and adaptive training and support system, providing a one-stop shop of educational tools and materials for applicants pursuing pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship opportunities.


Tomorrow’s Trades is a free workforce development pilot program that was created to build pathways and remove barriers for those traditionally underrepresented in the skilled trades, including women, indigenous youth, black youth, persons with disabilities, newcomers, at-risk youth, returning veterans, reservists, cadets, and those from racialized communities.
The Tomorrow's Trades program equips those interested in pursuing a career in skilled trades with the construction sector essential skills needed to become a high-quality apprentice.


The Ontario Building Trades Health, Safety & Prevention Resource aims to fill the knowledge gap by providing relevant information in one place that covers a wide range of potential workplace safety issues and information including Health and Safety, WSIB, Mental Health and Research.
This resource
provides numerous reference documents and links to various legislation, research and forms to help give workers the tools and guidance they need to make informed decisions and actionable steps when dealing with or preventing workplace incidents that may arise.

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KickAss Careers is a unique and leading-edge program providing engaging presentations, unique experiences and authenticity encouraging young women and men to follow career paths that offer economic security, practical knowledge and lifelong skills. In 2014, after years of individual efforts to promote skilled trades and technology pathways Jamie and Pat joined forces to raise awareness about the labour shortage gap. Understanding the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion in the workplace Pat and Jamie decided to expand on their efforts in partnership to create an inclusive program to raise awareness to students about apprenticeship and career pathways in skilled trades and technology. In the fall of 2014 Jamie reached out to high school students for a bold and engaging company name and KickAss Careers was launched.


Skills Ontario is building Ontario’s skilled trades and technologies workforce. They enable and empower all youth to consider a career in the skilled trades and technologies. Engagement with students, teachers, parents, guardians, volunteers, and guest speakers ensure their programs connect education, experience, and employment. They deliver in-school presentations across Ontario, host Canada’s largest skills competition, run summer camps for skills development and connect students to employers. They are focused on growth sectors such as construction and infrastructure, technology innovation, and hospitality services.


LeadHERtrades is a 10 month mentorship program for women in the construction trades. This mentorship program is comprised of monthly virtual one-on-one meetings between Matches, as well as a monthly virtual session covering a carefully selected list of topics. These sessions are facilitated by women who are experts in their fields, participating as leadHERhosts.


BOLT Foundation helps connect under-resourced youth 17-29 years old in the GTA to careers in construction. BOLT creates awareness about the diversity of careers available, offers immersive career exploration, provides financial support for post-secondary and skilled training programs, and fosters community and industry partnerships to provide the supports necessary for success. Tridel is Canada’s largest condo developer and BOLT’s Principal & Founding Sponsor. 

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