1. Key Contacts and Resources 1. Key Contacts and Resources

Key National Contacts

Contact / Organization Description
Canadian Apprenticeship Forum
The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum is an inclusive national body that brings together all players in apprenticeship training.
Canadian Construction Association
Provides an exhaustive list of construction association by province
Canadian Construction Women www.constructionwomen.org Canadian Construction Women provides members with opportunities for support, mentoring, networking, community involvement, learning and development. It acts as a resource about construction and exists to attract and retain women in the industry.
Canadian Industry Statistics (CIS)
Statistics from Industry Canada on the construction industry.
Careers in Trades
Careers in Trades offers information about careers in skilled trades for employers, youth and educators.
BuildForce Canada
BuildForce Canada was created so that Canadians would have the most skilled and professional construction workforce in the world.

Indigenous Works


Indigenous Works creates and markets a wide range of resources to help Indigenous people participate fully in Canada's labour market.

Selected Provincial Contacts

Contact / Organization Description
Bridges & Foundations Career Development Corporation
The Bridges & Foundations Career Development Corporation, an initiative of the Saskatoon and Region Homebuilders Association, seeks to improve access to training and career opportunities in the residential construction industry while also focusing on the need to improve housing quality in the region.
Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers

The Construction Maintenance and Allied Workers (CMAW) is a union of over 7000 members including carpenters, carpenter apprentices, lathers, millwrights, industrial workers and many other construction trades employees. It is the largest union representing construction workers in British Columbia, and offers information on apprenticeship including an apprentice bursary.

Labrador Aboriginal Training Partnership
The Labrador Aboriginal Training Partnership (LATP) is a partnership between Labrador's three Indigenous groups – Innu Nation, Nunatsiavut Government, Labrador Metis Nation and Nalcor Energy-Lower Churchill Project. Its mandate is to oversee a comprehensive Training-to-Employment Plan that will prepare Innu, Inuit and Métis individuals for employment opportunities created through resource development throughout Labrador.
Manitoba Construction Sector Council

The mandate of Manitoba Construction Sector Council (MCSC) is to assist Manitoba's construction sector by consulting industry stakeholders and offering solutions to their current and future human resource needs. The council's primary goal is to upgrade skills throughout the industry, and offers information on Indigenous programs.

Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island


Funded under Service Canada’s Aboriginal Human Resource Development Strategy, the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of Prince Edward Island (MCPEI) offers employment assistance in the form of job planning, job search, resume writing, wage subsidies, internship programs, and other initiatives aimed at advancing the employment opportunities of Indigenous people regardless of where they live in the province.

Nova Scotia Office of Aboriginal Affairs
The mandate of the Nova Scotia Office of Aboriginal Affairs includes increasing public awareness and understanding of Indigenous issues. Its website includes a variety of materials that will help you learn about the Mi’kmaq, their history, culture and modern day lives.
Ontario School Counsellors’ Association

The Ontario School Counsellors’ Association (OSCA) provides leadership and support in Guidance and Career Education for Guidance Teacher-Counsellors and students. Its website includes information on scholarships and financial assistance.

Select Resources

Resource Resource

Employer Toolkit on Apprenticeship


The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum developed this Employer Toolkit to provide employers with everything they need to know about apprenticeship — what it is, why it benefits business, how it affects the bottom line, and how it works.

It Pays to Hire an Apprentice: Calculating the Return on Training Investment for Skilled Trades Employers in Canada


This 2009 study from the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum looks at the return on investment for apprenticeships across 16 trades.

Making it Work: On the Job Training for Aboriginal Apprenticeships


An information guide prepared for employers, apprentices, and journeypersons involved in the on-the-job portion of apprenticeship.

People and Performance: Building Alberta’s Future Construction Workforce


Discussion paper from Building Trades of Alberta with good practices and recommendations on skills development and human resource management in the construction sector.

Various BuildForce Canada resources


BuildForce Canada has developed resources on Essential Skills, standards, recruitment and retention, respectful workplaces, and labour market information.