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Career in Ottawa’s Home Building Industry

If you’re interested in a career in Ottawa’s home building and home renovation sector, there are several options for training and education – close to home and a different life stages. You can begin in high school through the Specialist High Skills Major in Construction program offered by the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and other school boards.

Ontario’s colleges, including Algonquin College and Collège La Cité, offer several post-secondary trades, design and apprenticeship programs — many of which match Red Seal Program standards. They include diplomas, certificates, apprenticeships, Bachelor’s degrees and Continuing Education courses.

Looking for Employment?

Interested in starting a career in construction? The OHBA Job Ready Program can help get you ready to work in the rapidly growing Ontario home construction industry.

The construction sector is expected to experience significant growth between now and 2030. This is your chance to start and build an exciting, future-proof new career. There are plenty of opportunities — whether you enjoy working outdoors, with your hands, indoors, or with other people.
The OHBA Job Ready Program will provide you with entry-level, practical skills training and experience that will prepare you for work in the construction industry.
In addition to hands-on industry training, you will be provided with transferable soft skills training, a paid job placement, personal protective equipment (PPE) and ongoing retention support to ensure your long-term success in the construction field.
After you have received basic safety training and construction industry orientation, we partner with employers to provide a paid work experience supported with on-the-job training and mentorship to get you started in your career in the construction industry.

Are you thinking of changing careers and joining a sector with plenty of jobs and opportunities for growth?

In Ottawa, the YMCA-YWCA of the National Capital Region offers adults and immigrants several programs, including Home Renovation Training and Green Building. All programs are free, and some include paid job placement.

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Financial Support is Available

While a career in homebuilding comes with good pay and steady employment, there is also financial support for trades training through the Canadian and Ontario governments. Financial assistance can come from training grants, tax credits and non-repayable grants for tools, clothing and equipment. There’s never been a better time to enter the homebuilding industry.

Apprentices Earn While They Learn

A registered apprentice is an employee who gets paid while on the job and learning. Approximately 80% of their time is on the job, and 20% is in technical training in a classroom. Why is this important? You’ll start your career with less student debt and enjoy an increase in wages as your apprenticeship progresses.