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Stay connected to the latest news in the apprenticeship community and find out when CAF-FCA is holding an event in your area.

CAF-FCA publishes two electronic newsletters per month. Apprenticeship Intelligence, a member-only publication, keeps our members informed about CAF-FCA’s projects, research and activities. Apprenticeship News is available to the apprenticeship community at large — reaching more 6,000 stakeholders with updates from across Canada and around the world.

Latest News

Virtual ProPride: LGBTQ2+ Inclusion in the Skilled Trades

July 8, 2020

The skilled trades are  changing to foster more inclusion and belonging. This virtual panel discussion hosted by Pride at Work Canada/Fierté au travail Canada and the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum will bring business and community leaders in the skilled trades to a discussion of LGBTQ2+ inclusion within the industry. Insights will be shared about the experiences… Read more »

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Apprentices in Canada ePanel

As an apprentice, you work in a rapidly changing, technology-intensive environment. You face the competing pressures of employment and technical training, and the need to excel in both to complete your apprenticeship. You might not realize there’s a community of stakeholders behind you. Made up of employers, unions, educators, regulators and many others, the apprenticeship… Read more »

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Current Initiatives

Find out about the work CAF-FCA is undertaking on behalf of the Canadian apprenticeship community.  Current project topics include a National Strategy for Supporting Women in Trades, Apprentice Demand LMI and Evaluating Success in Pre-Apprenticeship.  

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Conestoga College to Open Skilled Trades Training Campus

Conestoga College has purchased a 250,000 square foot former manufacturing plant in Cambridge, ON where they will develop a new Skilled Trades Training campus.  The facility is scheduled to open in 2021.

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CAF-FCA hosts in-person and virtual events designed to give the apprenticeship community opportunities to share best practices and collaborate to address common challenges. Regional roundtables occur across the country, bringing local stakeholders together to discuss various topics, learn from apprenticeship research and discover new resources. Interactive online events provide one-hour sessions to showcase promising initiatives and programs from every corner of Canada. Every two years, CAF-FCA organizes a national conference, bringing together more than 500 apprenticeship stakeholders to share ideas and discuss ways to enhance Canada’s apprenticeship systems.


Webinar – #Champions4Change

October 6, 2020   •  1:00 PM ETOnline

In August 2019, CAF-FCA struck a task force of more than 60 skilled trades stakeholders from across the country to inform a National Strategy for Supporting Women in Trades. Tradeswomen, employers, labour representatives, educators and equity representatives from multiple trades and regions worked together to identify tactics, establish goals and define success measurements for sustainable… Read more »

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2020 National Apprenticeship Symposium: Apprenticeship and COVID-19

October 14, 2020Online

CAF-FCA invites members of the apprenticeship community to participate in an afternoon Virtual National Symposium, where we will discuss how the apprenticeship community has been  and continues to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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2020 Annual General Meeting

October 21, 2020   •  4:00pm Online

CAF-FCA members are invited to attend a virtual 2020 Annual General Meeting of Members. Learn results of the 2020 Board elections and meet the new Directors.  Attendance is complimentary.

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National Apprenticeship Conference

February 21, 2021
February 23, 2021Calgary, AB

The 2021 conference will highlight initiatives, programs and strategies that help attract and retain top talent. This requires an understanding of how to breakdown the stigma associated with skilled trades careers and engage youth, underrepresented groups, parents and educators to actively promote apprenticeship as a first-choice career path.

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