Ontario. Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities
Apprenticeship Office, Hamilton Area Office

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Registration and support for new apprentices who have arranged a sponsoring employer. Prior education and related work experience may be considered. Also offers consultation for sponsoring employers.

Apprenticeship Scholarship - $1,000 scholarship upon completion of academic upgrading, for registered apprentices younger than 25 years who left school before completing the necessary academic requirements for registering in a trade, who are committed to achieving the necessary academic requirements within one year, and who demonstrate an interest in the skilled trades.

Co-op Diploma Apprenticeship Program (CODA) - Allows college students to receive apprenticeship training while earning a diploma. Registrants must meet apprenticeship requirements as well as all eligibility criteria for the specific college program (see individual listings.) Apply directly through the college.

Loans for Tools - Interest-free loans to newly registered apprentices for purchase of tools. Contact office for details on eligibility and amounts available.

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) - School-to-work transition program offered through Ontario secondary schools where students earn cooperative education credits in grades 11 and 12 through work placements in skilled trades. Interested students who are full-time high school students 16 years and older entering Grade 11 should contact their guidance counsellor, co-op education teacher or the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Coordinator for the local school board or contact the local Apprenticeship Office.

Pre-Apprenticeship Training Program - Job skill development and trade readiness for unemployed individuals wanting careers in skilled trades. Programs are at various community locations, and up to 52 weeks long including a minimum 8-12 week work placement. Free, with costs covered for tuition, textbooks, safety equipment and tools.

This office offers on-site exams.

Ellen Fairclough Bldg
119 King St W 8th Flr
Hamilton, ON
L8P 4Y7
Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 am-5 pm
Phone: 905-521-7764
Toll Free: 1-800-668-4479


Apprenticeship programs -- persons 16 years or older with minimum Grade 10 education for construction trades (employers may ask for higher education) or minimum Grade 12 education (unless otherwise defined by specific trade regulation) for industrial, motive power and service trades * see below for specific programs * Employers -- must be qualified to train an apprentice in the trade, be able to provide structured training and supervision, and pay wages according to regulations where appropriate


Apprenticeship programs -- individuals must first find a sponsor (usually an employer) willing to hire and train them * the individual then applies for the apprenticeship program online * if the individual is eligible, local apprenticeship staff will contact the individual and sponsor to sign a training agreement * Foreign- trained professionals or trade certification candidates -- contact the Ontario College of Trades for requirements for certification and evaluation of skills


Fully Accessible


English; French

Areas Served

Hamilton (City of); Halton Region; Haldimand County; Niagara Region; Brant County; Norfolk County

Agency Type

Provincial Government