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Online tool helps apprentices on the move

October 27, 2015

On the Move: Resources for Apprentice Relocation was recently introduced to more than 130 apprenticeship stakeholders at an event hosted by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAD-FCA) in Ottawa in October. The labour mobility tool is a one-stop reference for apprentices

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BC Contractors now required to sponsor apprentices

October 19, 2015

To support the growth of the BC apprenticeship system, the BC government now requires contractors and subcontractors to engage in apprenticeship training on new, major infrastructure projects. The Apprentices on Public Projects policy began on July 1, 2015, and applies

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BC contractors now required to sponsor apprentices

September 22, 2015

To support the growth of the BC apprenticeship system, the BC government now requires contactors and subcontractors to engage in apprenticeship training on new, major infrastructure projects. This Apprentices on Public Projects policy began on July 1, 2015, and applies

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Skilled Trades College introduces plumbing program

September 21, 2015

Vaughan’s Skilled Trades College (STC) is launching its first formalized plumbing apprenticeship-training program. This course will follow the same hands-on and in-class format as STC’s electrical training apprenticeship. This is STC’s first plumbing program, and it is expected to begin

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Apprenticeship Forum extends deadline for speaker presentations

September 16, 2015

Organizers of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum/Forum canadien sur l’apprentissage (CAF-FCA) 2016 conference, Apprenticeship: Hands on the Future, have extended the deadline for submission of presentations. Slated for June 5 to 7, 2016, at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC, the 2016

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Monetary prize, a trip and school donation up for grabs

August 13, 2015

hilmor has launched its third annual Retool Your Future Scholarship Contest. The contest has received more than a thousand student entries from hundreds of trade schools since its origin two years ago. The scholarship contest awards six grand prizes consisting

Matthew Rae (far left) and Jason Douglas (far right) of Noble's industrial department man the company's booth at the trade show. They flank 2014 International UA competition champ (HVAC/R) Tyler Radkowski and Derek Sisera, 2013 International UA champ (HVAC/R). Both are from Local 787.
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Apprentices compete for five national titles

June 25, 2015

Some of the top apprentices in the pipefitting trades from across Canada converged in Toronto in June for the United Association’s national apprentice competition – the eighth such event and the third to be held in the city. Hosted by

Carson Gustafson, of Lloydminster, SK, will have his priorities in order for the Mechanical CAD category of this summer's WorldSkills Competition. Photo Skills Canada Saskatoon
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Looking to leave a global mark

May 25, 2015

Appearance at WorldSkills is a long-time coming for young tradesmen.

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App brings essential skills to the forefront of trades and technology careers

May 25, 2015

Skills/Competences Canada (SCC) has introduced a new mobile app to help bridge the skills gap between the classroom and the workplace. It helps students and teachers evaluate proficiency in the nine essential skills identified by Employment and Social Development Canada

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Nominations open for Red Seal Award

May 15, 2015

The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) has launched the call for nominations for the third biennial Red Seal Award of Excellence. This award honours the contributions of provincial/territorial/federal apprenticeship and trade certification staff to the Red Seal Program.

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Skilled trades training in Manitoba gets a boost

May 14, 2015

A new Skilled Trades and Technology Centre (STTC) at Red River College (RRC) in Winnipeg, MB, will house additional laboratory and shop space and classrooms for up to 1000 students per year in high demand trades and technologies, including HVAC and

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New online course on biomass-based heating systems

April 27, 2015

Heatspring Learning Institute, in partnership with the Biomass Thermal Energy Council and John Siegenthaler, is launching a “lite” version of the 10-week online course: Hydronic-Based Biomass Heating Systems. The course focuses specifically on residential and light commercial building systems that

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Promoting and improving youth participation in apprenticeship training

April 21, 2015

Saskatchewan roundtable takes a nationwide look at apprenticeship.

Matt Wiesenfeld, CIPH program manager.
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OCOT works with CIPH/CHC to rectify compliance issues

April 6, 2015

Second industry forum highlights difficulties reconciling hydronics with College regs.

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Webinar looks at how employers value certification in skilled trades labour force

April 1, 2015

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) recently surveyed 500 employers across regions and trades to learn more about their hiring practices and preferences, particularly when it comes to the value of certification and skills development. It is now offering a webinar,

The team from McMaster University in Hamilton, ON, (in matching shirts) received top honours for their efforts in the Mechanical Contractors Association of America's (MCAA) 2014-2015 Student Chapter Competition. MCAA president Chuck Fell (second from left) and  career development committee chairman Troy Aichele (second from right) presented the award during the March 11 Annual Awards of Excellence Breakfast at the association's annual convention in Wailea, Maui, HI.
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First Canadian team to make MCAA finals takes home the win

March 30, 2015

McMaster University team wins MCAA’s 2014-2015 Student Chapter Competition.

Michelle Stanford, general manager, sales strategy, Plumbing and HVAC/R, Wolseley Canada.
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Wolseley appointee to grow commercial business

March 23, 2015

Michelle Stanford has been named general manager, sales strategy, plumbing and HVAC/R with Wolseley Canada. Her role includes implementing go-to-market strategies and working with the wholesaler’s sales and general managers to develop processes that enhance sales efficiency and productivity. Stanford

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Push is on for hydronics-specific certification

January 26, 2015

CIPH and CHC work with regulator to resolve dilemma.

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Crossing jurisdictions: Share your apprentice experience

January 21, 2015

CAF-FCA is asking employers and apprentices to participate in its Labour Mobility of Apprentices survey.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) students while touring the institute's Annacis Campus.
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Canada Apprentice Loan program open for business

January 9, 2015

Access to over $100 million in interest-free loans each year for Red Seal trade apprentices.

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BC training tax credit program extended

January 8, 2015

British Columbia’s training tax credit program, which was implemented in January 1, 2007 has been extended through 2017. The training tax credit is for employers and apprentices who take part in eligible apprenticeship programs administered through the Industry Training Authority (ITA). ITA

Official opening of George Brown College's Green Building Centre in Toronto, ON, on November 10, 2014. (L to R): Robert Luke, vice president, applied research and innovation, George Brown College; Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for FedDev ON; Bernard Trottier, MP Etobicoke-Lakeshore; Trudy Puls, Roxul; Jamie McIntyre, program coordinator, George Brown College; Laura Jo Gunter, vice president, academic, George Brown College; and Brad Shapiro, George Brown student.
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George Brown College opens Green Building Centre

November 11, 2014

Toronto’s George Brown College officially opened its new Green Building Centre on November 10. The applied research facility will train students in green energy, advanced construction systems and computer-enabled, efficient buildings. It will also create space for industry partners to

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Reviewer appointed for the Ontario College of Trades

October 23, 2014

In her 2014 Plan for Ontario, Premier Kathleen Wynne made a commitment to support the success of the College through the appointment of a special advisor to conduct a review. As a result, Ontario has appointed former Secretary of Cabinet and

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ORAC, JTAC launch soft website for apprentice program

September 5, 2014

Applications invited to first-year apprenticeship program

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National apprenticeship network facilitator seeks nominations

August 11, 2014

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA) has issued a call for nominations from members to fill board vacancies in advance of its annual general meeting on October 23, 2014 in Ottawa. CAF-FCA’s board of directors is comprised of 15 apprenticeship community representatives with four

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Learn what you need to know about CSA B214 and hydronic installation inspection/enforcement

August 7, 2014

HPAC columnist Robert Bean is hosting CSA B214: What you need to know about inspection and enforcement on behalf of the Canadian Hydronics Council (CHC). Scheduled for August 21, 2014, the 90-minute webinar is designed to help installers, plumbing and building inspectors

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Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to create the Canada Apprentice Loan

August 1, 2014

Access to over $100 million in interest-free loans each year for Red Seal trade apprentices

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Ontario’s Proposed Provincial Pension Plan – Does It Make Sense?

August 1, 2014 by Hank Bulmash

In 2011, Kathleen Wynne started to promote the idea of an expanded Canada Pension Plan (CPP). The federal Conservative government totally rejected the concept. The Ontario Liberals responded by putting forward the idea of a made-in-Ontario pension. At first, most

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Sign up today for MCA Canada’s 73rd National Conference

July 8, 2014

MCA Canada is holding its 73rd Annual National  Conference in St. John’s, NL,  September 24-27, 2014. MCA Canada chairman, Gaetan Beaulieu, is inviting mechanical contractors to experience the splendor and rugged beauty of Newfoundland and Labrador, and to have the opportunity to

ON's Cody Beck took silver in the plumbing competition.
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Canada’s top trades students showcase skills in national competition

June 16, 2014

The 2014 Skills Canada national competition featured more than 500 of the country’s top skilled trades and technology students and apprentices battling it out for top spot in their respective fields, and with that, a chance to represent Canada at