Value of Membership

Are you convinced the skilled trades represent excellent career opportunities for Canadians? Do you want to create an environment that supports apprentice success? Are you seeking opportunities to share ideas with like-minded individuals?

If you answered “yes” to these questions, you have a lot in common with our members. They are the apprenticeship champions, practitioners and trainers across Canada committed to overcoming barriers and making a difference. Members contribute to a national agenda focused on promoting apprenticeship, ensuring the community is well-connected and conducting high-quality research to inform new policies and programs.

Why Become a CAF-FCA member?

Members are part of dynamic conversation, helping to shape the future of apprenticeship training in Canada by sharing their insights, experience and practical examples about what works. We provide the tools and resources to tap into an extensive national network, involving members in apprenticeship research, discussion and promotion. By creating opportunities to share successes and address common issues, CAF-FCA enables members to contribute to effective solutions in every corner of Canada.

Who are the members of CAF-FCA?

Employers who believe apprenticeship is the most effective way to develop the next-generation workforce. They model best practices for recruiting and retaining skilled tradespeople, support career awareness for youth and help articulate what it takes to be successful as an apprentice. They contribute to efforts to ensure apprenticeship is industry-focused and effective, adapting to changing business needs. Industry leaders like ArcelorMittal Dofasco, PCL Constructors and Clark Builders are among our Employer Members.

Educators are heavily involved in efforts to enhance apprenticeship training, ensuring that technical training meets the needs of both apprentices and their employers. They contribute to research efforts and suggest policy improvements, leading the way when it comes to ensuring today’s apprentices have the essential, technical and soft skills necessary for challenging careers in the skilled trades. Leading educational institutions, including the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, SAIT Polytechnic, George Brown College, the British Columbia Institute of Technology and Saskatchewan Polytechnic are active participants at CAF-FCA.

Labour groups are among the most passionate advocates for apprenticeship training. They lead the way when it comes to engaging under-represented groups, including apprenticeship provisions in collective bargaining and supporting apprentices from Day 1 to certification and beyond. Labour groups work with signatory employers to establish workplace skills needs and support apprenticeship training. We are proud to count national unions, as well as locals and training centres, among members actively participating at events, in research efforts and on the CAF-FCA Board of Directors.

Equity groups have a keen understanding of the benefits of a skilled trades career for those otherwise under-represented in the trades, including women, Indigenous people, visible minorities and persons with disabilities. They also understand how these groups stand to contribute to skilled trades workplaces, adding a diversity of experience and talent. Equity groups actively participate at events, connecting with employers, educators, labour and government representatives to raise diversity issues and challenge stakeholders to remove barriers.

Jurisdictional Apprenticeship Authorities are the regulators of apprenticeship training, working to ensure systems are effective, employers are engaged and apprentices become certified tradespeople. As members of CAF-FCA, they connect with a broad cross-section of apprenticeship stakeholders to share new initiatives and benefit from national research insights. These connections support the development of well-informed policy, strengthening apprenticeship in every region of the country.

CAF-FCA welcomes these groups and the many other stakeholders with an interest in apprenticeship training. Members receive a monthly newsletter, special member-only research reports and briefs, event participation discounts and much more. Most importantly, they keep the apprenticeship conversation going across trades, across sectors and across Canada.