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News   July 5, 2018   by Allan Janssen

New data show apprenticeships down in Canada

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.

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

You can get the latest details HERE.



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3 Comments » for New data show apprenticeships down in Canada
  1. Bob Ward says:

    Yes they are shrinking. I am sure it is partially due to the fact that guidance councilors are not promoting the trades because they do not have information about them. If they actively promoted the trades I feel that the registration numbers would climb. Too many students are being funneled to white collar education. The Ontario College of Trades is developing a strategy to promote trades in Ontario by working with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skilled Development to promote trades to schools.

  2. William Furlong says:

    Ontario College of trades loved it in 2011, when they took my tuition money, as well as thousands more, allowed us to go to College, take a Millwright course. Then when we were finished, we couldn’t get work to gain hours anywhere because employers don’t hire enough apprentices. Everything is Journeyman! Every recruiter that calls me says: “ we looked at your resume and want to talk about some prospective jobs”… I say “ ok, we can talk “… then they say…” before we go any further, do you have your ticket ?”


    I say, “ did you really read through my resume? Because it states clearly that I’m a THIRD YEAR MILLWRIGHT APPRENTICE !

    So, we’re treated like mushrooms. Fed shit, and kept in the dark…

    Every employer around will not hire an apprentice for some reason. Not sure why. It’s cheaper for them, they get grant money for signing one up, and we get our hours… what’s wrong with that exactly? In times soon to come, when all the journeyman retire, we will be left with an unskilled workforce who couldn’t get their hours, but the Ontario College of Trades got to keep our tuition!

    Great deal for us! Can’t find a place to get your hours cause your an apprentice? Thank Ontario College of Trades and the MTCU !!

    • Bob Ward says:

      Most of the issues of apprenticeship falls on the schools because they are not promoting the trades. Currently OCOT is working with the educators to build a better program which includes more sponsors for apprenticeships. The challenge OCOT has is the ministries are not communicating which adds to the frustration of apprentices. OCOT recognizes the pitfalls and is working to correct them. The fact we have a new government also adds to the slow process because OCOT has to establish new relationships within the government.

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