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Demand for Red Seal Trades in Canada

The red seal trades also known as “designated trades” are certain types or kinds of compulsory trades that are part of Red Seal Program in Canada. There are about 55 different trades that come under Red Seal Trades and includes all kinds of occupations with each one deemed as designated Red Seal Trade. Red Seal trades account for over 80% of all enrolled apprentices in Canada.

A Red Seal endorsement is added to a tradesperson’s provincial/territorial trade certificate once they pass the Red Seal exam. The Red Seal, which is affixed to a provincial or territorial trade certificate, indicates that a tradesperson has demonstrated the knowledge necessary to meet the national standard in that trade.

Demand for Red Seal Trades – An Outlook

Employer’s value the Red Seal endorsement because it fosters excellence, instills pride in talented people, and makes it easier for them to move about.

Apprentice Demand in Red Seal Trades, published by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF-FCA), forecasts that 163,785 new journeypersons will be required between 2021 and 2025 to maintain workforce certification levels across 56 Red Seal trades in Canada.

Canada will require 375,026 apprentices over the next five years to meet this anticipated demand. The following red seal trades are in demand that include:

  • Auto service tech
  • Boilermaker
  • Bricklayer
  • Carpenter
  • Construction electrician
  • Cook
  • Hairstylist
  • Heavy-duty equipment tech
  • Millwright
  • Mobile crane operator
  • Plumber
  • Refrigeration/AC mechanic
  • Sheet metal worker
  • Steamfitter/pipefitter and
  • Welders are among the 15 Red Seal trades highlighted in the 2021 report.

Over the next five years, demand for boilermakers will far outstrip supply across the country. Plumbing appears to be in line with demand, while HVAC mechanics and steamfitter/pipefitter credentials will be relatively plentiful, according to the forecast.

With Seven Hundred Thousand skilled tradesmen anticipated to retire by 2028, the pipeline will be strained with skilled labour actively leaving the market without enough apprentices in the pipeline to replace them.

Immigrants make up only 8.7% of apprenticeships, although accounting for 20% of the population. Canada is falling short of its goal of importing 3,000 qualified tradesmen into the country each year, with only 2,365 entrants satisfying the federal skilled trade program’s qualifications. The Government of Canada invests extensively in apprenticeships through grants, loans, and tax credits, as well as employment insurance benefits during in-school training, project finance, and aid for the red seal program. Over the next five years, Canada is likely to suffer a shortage of at least 10,000 workers in recognized red seal trades, with a tenfold increase when 250 provincially regulated trades are factored in.

As a result, the Canadian government is collaborating with provinces and territories to standardize apprenticeship-training standards in Red Seal Trades. The Government of Canada expects to double the incentive to $10,000 in its Budget- 2021 for firms who hire Canadians from under-represented groups, such as women and people with disabilities, to improve diversity in Red Seal Trades. The Canadian government has waived the Canada Apprentice Loans until March 31, 2023. These initiatives will help to guarantee those who choose to pursue a career in the skilled trades to receive the assistance they require.

Benefits of red seal certification for immigrants

Obtaining the Red Seal certification can be beneficial to tradesmen who are considering moving to Canada. It can aid in obtaining a work visa or applying for permanent residence, increasing the likelihood of a favorable outcome. The Red Seal lends legitimacy to the tradesperson by validating their expertise and knowledge, making them a more viable immigrant candidate.

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC) at CAN X can help you with your immigration journey.

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B.C. to reinstate mandatory certification system for trade workers

The BC Government is bringing back a mandatory skilled trades certification system that was dispensed in 2003. The certification will occur in phases starting with 10 initial trades: 3 electrical, 4 mechanical, and 3 automotive.

BC is aiming to introduce legislation next spring, which will give workers and employers a year to either challenge trade requirements to earn certification through existing experience or register in apprenticeship program. The first changes are expected to be introduced in the electrical and mechanical trades by 2023 and in automotive by 2025.

Skilled trades certification means uncertified workers in selected trades will need to become certified or register as an apprentice with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) to be legally able to work in that trade. The system aims to facilitate training and to open doors for thousands of workers to be successful and have lifelong careers in the trades.

Reinstatement will begin for the following 10 occupation, chosen due to existing high demand for skilled workers:

  • Electrician
  • Industrial electrician
  • Powerline electrician
  • Refrigeration and air conditioning mechanic
  • Gas fitter
  • Steamfitter and pipefitter
  • Sheet metal worker
  • Heavy duty equipment technician
  • Automotive technician
  • Autobody and collision technician

B.C. removed the requirement of tradespeople to be certified in 2003, making it the only jurisdiction in Canada without a system for mandatory credentials. The new program will fill a gap left by the cancellation of this former certification system.

Government estimated that among 100,000 tradespeople, there are about 8,000 uncertified workers in B.C. who have no certification to recognize their skills. As a result, they are often paid less and have less regular work. The province says, certification will help fill trade roles and build prestige around careers in the trades. It will also help to benefit workers by improving their skills and standard of living while maintaining existing high safety standards, benefiting employers and the public by minimizing labor disruptions.

Tradespeople are building British Columbia and we need to value that work. Premier John Horgan called this announcement “transformative” in helping the province rebound post-pandemic.

Critics argue, that even before COVID-19 pandemic, employers faced shortages of skilled people in the labor market and placing additional requirements like mandatory certification on workers and their employers will decrease employment opportunities in the short term. The labor pool would shrink as some uncertified workers would drop out rather than entering the certification process.

COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated some hiring problems while alleviating others, in turn forcing companies to hiring foreign nationals in trade occupations. Every year thousands of skilled workers immigrate to Canada to fill the labor market gap. If the skilled trades certification is made mandatory it will be difficult for foreign workers to attain required credentials from their home country. The gap between Temporary Foreign Workers and Canadian companies who deal with hiring barriers will increase, affecting Temporary Foreign Worker Program and International Mobility Program.

If you are a Canadian employer struggling to match open positions with qualified and available candidates; you can hire Temporary Foreign Workers to fill the unprecedented labor shortage. We at Can X can help you with Labor Market Impact Assessment applications. If you are foreign national who wishes to work in Canada, we can help you in preparing your work permit application.