Current Initiatives

National Excellence in Apprenticeship Awards

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum is pleased to announce the creation of two new awards to highlight exceptional work being done by CAF-FCA members to enhance apprenticeship training in Canada. An overview of the awards criteria is available here.

Nominations are open until March 31, 2020 for Top Apprenticeship Employer and Inclusivity Champion.

The awards will be presented at the 2020 National Apprenticeship Conference, taking place in Calgary, AB on May 24 – 26 in Calgary, AB.

National Strategy for Supporting Women in Trades

In 2018, CAF-FCA hosted the first-ever national conference dedicated to female participation in the skilled trades. In 2019, the second Supporting Women in Trades Conference was held in Vancouver. In total, more than 600 delegates gathered at the events to share ideas and engage in a conversation on how to remove the barriers women encounter pursuing careers in which they are traditionally under-represented. A Road Map to Supporting Women in Trades was developed in 2018 from results of the inaugural event and the subsequent 2019 conference culminated in a CAF-FCA commitment to lead the development of a national strategy.

Apprentices, tradeswomen, representatives from women’s organizations, labour groups, employers, educators and jurisdictional apprenticeship authorities will inform strategy content and establish a national target to increase participation and retention of females in skilled trades careers.  The task force, comprised of 60 representatives from CAF-FCA member organizations, is being led by co-chairs Lisa Stevens (BC Construction Association), Melissa Young (NETCO), Nour Hachem-Fawaz (Build a Dream), and Joann Greeley (Office to Advance Women Apprentices).

The National Strategy for Supporting Women in Trades will be introduced at the National Apprenticeship Conference on May 24 to 26, 2020 in Calgary, AB. With the country needing thousands of new trade professionals to fill the existing skilled trades gap, an informative strategy that addresses policy and structure is imperative.

Apprentice Demand Labour Market Information


CAF-FCA received funding from Employment and Social Development Canada to produce apprenticeship-focused LMI from 2018 to 2021. As a part of the CAF-FCA consultations, employers are providing insights about their hiring expectations and identifying the trades where they require more apprentices. To date, CAF-FCA has met with employers and apprenticeship stakeholders in Yellowknife, NWT, Calgary and Edmonton Alberta, Vancouver, British Columbia and Hamilton, Ontario.  Any employer insights and practical advice is being captured and communicated to youth and under-represented groups through a series of videos.  The first is now available at

Annual reports and fact sheets summarizing national data analysis, including apprentice registration and completion rates, will be published on the CAF-FCA website.  A national employer survey was completed as a part of the project to determine the employer participation rate in apprenticeship and employer hiring preferences.  A report will be published on the CAF-FCA website in the coming months.

Evaluating Success in Pre-Apprenticeship


Over the next two years, ESDC has funded CAF-FCA to host national (1) and regional consultation sessions (8) about pre-apprenticeship.  CAF-FCA recognizes that, depending on your perspective, definitions of success in pre-apprenticeship can vary greatly across jurisdictions, trades and under-represented groups.  To capture diverse viewpoints, CAF-FCA will seek input from employers, labour representatives, provincial/territorial apprenticeship administrators, educators and equity-seeking groups.   Five hundred stakeholders will be consulted and a Matrix of Success Factors and a Results Measurement Framework will be created.

Nine consultation sessions were held in Thunder Bay, Toronto and Kitchener ON, Winnipeg, MB, St. John’s, NL, Whitehorse, YT, Regina, SK, Moncton, NB and Ottawa, ON

Expected project results are:

  • An increased understanding of current pre-apprenticeship performance measurement practices and approaches
  • Areas of consensus identified about optimal and desirable pre-apprenticeship program outcomes
  • A Results Measurement Framework with short, medium and long-term outcomes
  • An increased understanding of whether the framework can be measured and reported on by stakeholders

If you are interested in sharing your feedback on outcomes of technical training, essential skills training, and social skills development that are offered by pre-apprenticeship programs throughout the country, we have an online forum where you can do so.

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