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Apprenticeship in Canada - Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

Diversity in the Skilled Trades

To ensure all Canadians benefit from the opportunities in the trades, it is important we continue to work together to support diversity in the trades.

In general, equity groups tend to be under-represented in apprenticeship compared to their proportion in the Canadian population. A typical apprentice in Canada is a male, under 35 years old. Only one in ten apprentices is female, even though women represent more than half of the population. Immigrants make up 3 to 5 per cent of apprentices, even though immigrants represent 20 per cent of the Canadian population. Visible minorities represent between 5 and 7 per cent of apprentices compared to 16 per cent of the Canadian population. An exception is Aboriginal peoples, who represent 4 to 5 per cent of apprentices which is comparable to their proportion of the Canadian population (5%).

Programs and organizations across the country are helping diverse groups enter careers in the skilled trades.

Do you know of any effective programs in your area that encourage diversity in the trades? Please share them.

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