Trade Talk

Trade Talk is a section that includes various news articles that provide valuable information on current trends and issues within the skilled trades. Please browse and see what's new.



New Red Seal Brand Launch check out the PDF for more details

From England the building codes are different but a good watch. check out

 Restoration Man

Series Summary

Across the country, thousands of old buildings lie forgotten and neglected, tangled up by red tape and development restrictions. Many of these orphaned properties are steeped in history and are of outstanding architectural interest, yet are slowly being left to rot.

Architect George Clarke is passionate about our architectural heritage. In this series he travels the British Isles meeting the stubborn romantics who want to breathe new life into the architectural treasures he unearths on his journey. His mission is to help them transform these undervalued gems into brand new homes fit for 21st century living.

Filmed over two years Restoration Man watches as these wonderful buildings - from windmills and ancient towers to gate lodges and medieval churches - are transformed. But threatened by spiralling budgets and the credit crunch, plus the stresses and strains of working with old structures and confusing bureaucracy, none of these projects are an easy ride.

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We're all good at doing something or have a skill or interest that floats our boat. If you aren't doing that for a living, you might be missing the boat. This article explains why career training for many high school students is likely to propel them to career satisfaction and success. Read more:


Tips on Trades Resumes: do you know how to customize your resume for the trades? Get some helpful tips!

Tips on Trade Terms: do you know the difference between a compulsory and regulated trade? Check this out for some useful information on your trade!

September 2011: Why Apprenticeships Make Sense:

The article makes reference to Sir Ken Robinson’s TED Talk (see below).

Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) Canada is a partnership with Canada's Building Trades Unions, their many Employers across Canada, and Government stakeholders. The H2H sister program originated in the United States in 2003, and has been highly successful for America. H2H Canada will follow a similar model, but is focused on career opportunities in Canada for anyone who has served (or is currently serving and looking to transition to a civilian career) in either the Regular or Reserve Force Components of the Canadian Forces. The program offers apprenticeship opportunities to achieve a journeyperson qualification in the building and construction trade of one's choice, as well as potential opportunities in other management positions within this industry, all leading to a promising new career. check out the website

Why apprenticeship programs make financial sense, Globe and Mail, September 2011

CAF-FCA What's New, June 2010

Canadian Association of Repairs & Service (CARS) Performance Driven - Labour Market Opportunities and Challenges for Motive Power and Service Industries, March 2010

Intek Communications: A Growing Company Turns to, February 2010

A New CAF-FAC Video Lets Employers Tell It Like It Is! - Jan. 2010

Humber Centre "Makes it Right", November 2009

Skilled Trades Shortage Feared Despite Economic Downturn, October 2009

Ontario Provides New Apprenticeship Grants, October 2009

Backgrounder: McGuinty Supporting Apprenticeship, October 2009

New Humber College Centre Targets Demand for Skilled Trades, October 2009

Canadian Manufactuaring to Explore Wind Energy, September 2009

Students Hung Out to Dry in College Scam, July 2009

Trades Pay Great, June 2009

Be Part of the Solution: Apprenticeship in Halton, Report on Symposium Held on December 8, 1998, June 2009

Where the Jobs Are: Skilled Professionals, June 2009

Modernizing Ontario's Skilled Trade System, May 2009

Ontario to Improve Skilled Trades System through Proposed College of Trades, May 2009

Automotive - Council for Automotive Human Resources Winter 2009 Newsletter, May 2009

Understanding Apprenticeship Non-Completion - A Survey of Current Apprentices, April 2009

CAF-FCA Invitation to Apprenticeship Focus Group, February 2009

Not Everyone is Hurt by Recession, February 2009

A Job on the Rocks, Stone Mason Apprentice Follows her Passion, October 2008 

Registered Apprenticeship Training Programs: Statistics, October 2008 

Canadian Economy Crippled by Skilled Labour Shortage, September 2008 

Ontario Announces College of Trades, September 2008

Apprenticeship - For the Skill of It, August 2008

Apprenticeship in the Canadian Automotive Industry, August 2008 

Shortage of Skilled Tradespeople Near Crisis, June 2008

Dire Need in Skilled Trades, June 2008

Building Confidence, June 2008

Compulsory Certification Project (PDF), May 2008

 Canadian Trade Slump Threatens Economy, May 2008

Skills Shortage to Worsen, April 2008

Wanted: Respect for Skilled Trades, March 2008

Manufacturing's Skilled Labour Shortage, March 2008

Tradespeople Needed: University Not the Only Path to a Rewarding Career, February 2008

Northern Ontario Forest Industry Faces Skill Shortages, February 2008



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