New apprenticeship registrations were down in every province and territory in Canada in 2016, the most recent year for which data is available.
Statistics Canada reports that there were 417,300 individuals registered to apprenticeship programs in Canada in 2016. That’s down from 455,900 in 2015.
According to the Registered Apprentice Information System (RAIS), there were approximately 72,000 new registrations in 2016, with 337,450 already registered in the system, and another 7,850 individuals returning to the apprenticeship program after an absence (reinstatements).
Among the three categories of registration, the biggest drop (down 23%) was in new registrations. In 2014, there were more than 93,400 new registrations. Alberta suffered the biggest drop in new registrations (down 45%).
Across the country, there were a total of 7,665 newly registered automotive service apprentices – 429 of them (4.2%) being women.
As of 2016, 22,827 automotive service apprentices were registered in the system – the third largest category among Red Seal trades, behind construction electricians and carpenters.
More than 24,600 Red Seal certificates were issued in 2016 – 2,346 of them to automotive service apprentices.
Ontario recorded the highest number of new registrations (15,600) in Red Seal trades, followed by Alberta (12,900), Quebec (10,400), and British Columbia (10,000). These four provinces accounted for 87% of all new registrations in Red Seal trades in Canada.
The Registered Apprentice Information System is a collection of registration and completion data from across Canada