The following resources and links are intended as general information, provided for both employers and employees working in HVACR.  For a more extensive list of career planning resources view the student, parent and educator resources listed on this website.

CAREER PLANNING ( was developed as a partnership between the Halton Industry Education Council in partnership with Human Resources Development Canada developed

Apprenticeship Trades ( Developed by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (  Explores the Apprenticeship route to skilled trades' careers across Canada through a searchable database with information on all Apprenticeship careers, labour force supply and demands.

Canadian Apprenticeship Forum ( National organization promoting apprenticeship training and education systems; providing reports and related information for students/parents/instructors and employers.

Career Cruising ( Online career guidance and planning system. Subscription required for access- instructors

Career Foundation ( Career Information about the Unionized Construction Sector in Ontario, Canada developed by the Ontario Construction Secretariat.

Careers in Construction ( Developed by The Construction Sector Council to provide information on range of careers in Canada's construction industry (including HVACR) and assist students in choosing a career path

Skilled Trades Careers ( Developed by the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, a website where students/parents/instructors/employers will find information about careers in skilled trades (including those in HVACR).

Skills Canada ( Olympic game styled competitions for Canadian youth involved in trades and technology occupations. Mandate to encourage and promote technological and skilled trades as first choice career option.

Trade Secrets ( Government of Alberta website promoting and exploring trade careers.

HVACR Apprenticeship Program ( The Apprentice Intake Committee will accept applications on this site for the first year Apprenticeship Program each year from December 1 to February 28. Only the most qualified candidates are selected for the program and are made available for hire to ORAC, UA Local 787 contractors.

CIPH Career Program ( Canada's plumbing and hydronic (hot water) heating industry is meeting the environmental challenges of tomorrow with real-world solutions today with their career site which offers information about the career opportunities available in Canada's plumbing industry.


B.C. Sustainable Energy Association supports and promotes careers in sustainable energy including a guide to national sustainable energy training through their Clean Energy Classrooms initiative (

Canadian Construction Women ( - website with resources and links for women interested in the construction trades.          

Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) ( is a not-for-profit trade association representing the interests of companies that manufacture, sell and distribute plumbing, hydronic heating, PVF and Waterworks products and services.

Canadian Home Builders Association (CHBA) ( represents those working in Canada's residential home building and renovation industry (including those in the HVACR sector).

Engineers Canada ( is the national organization regulating, representing and providing information to professional engineers.

Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) ( is a national trade association representing heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) manufacturers, wholesalers and contractors and provides information to consumers. Career Connections Job Board gives insight into current industry positions.

HVACR Heritage Centre Canada ( documents and explores how HVACR technologies changed 20th century lives and society. Interactive games, virtual museum and the story of refrigeration.

Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) ( is a national trade association serving mechanical contractors engaged in plumbing, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, controls systems, medical gases, welding, and fire suppression, primarily within the industrial, commercial and institutional sectors.

Ontario College of Trades ( – First self-regulated body in Canada established by the trades for the trades.

Refrigeration Service Engineers Society Canada (RSES) ( provides training and education for professional HVACR technicians and contractors.

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) ( has an international membership base and advances the arts and sciences of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world.



Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) (

British Columbia Labour Market and Career Information (WorkBC) (

British Columbia Work Futures (

Canadian Job Bank ( Government of Canada's source for labour market information, wage rates and salaries, current employment trends and outlooks

Government of Alberta - Employment and Immigration (

Manitoba Career Prospects (

Manitoba WorkinfoNet (

Nova Scotia Labour Market Information Portal (

Ontario Labour Market (

Ontario WorkinfoNet  (

Saskatchewan Career Centre (



Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) ( For employees

Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC) For employers -(

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)( For employees – available to apprentices.

Tradesperson's Tools Deduction ( For employees – available to apprentices.

Work sharing ( An adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid temporary layoffs. It provides income support to employees.

Provincial Employer Tax Credit Programs

British Columbia

BC Training Tax Credit Program and Enhanced Tax Credits (Completion Credits-Apprenticeship Training) ( – percentage of wages paid to apprentice varies based on level of completion.


Early-Level Apprentices Hiring Incentive (ELA-HI) ( Employers who are not eligible for the federal Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC) will be able to claim. Click here for the Early-Level Apprentices Hiring Incentive Form.

Advanced-Level Apprentice Hiring Incentive (ALA-HI)  ( Income Tax Claims credit for Manitoba Employers – apprenticeship wage credits.Click here for the Advanced-Level Apprentices Hiring Incentive Form.

Journeyperson Hiring Incentive (J-HI) ( Provides a refundable tax credit to employers of recent graduates of apprenticeship programs.


Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit (ATTC) ( refundable tax credit on wages and salaries available to eligible employers. The maximum credit per apprentice is $5,000 per year or $15,000 in total during the first 36 months of apprenticeship training.

Apprenticeship Employer Signing Bonus: Employers who hire, register and train an apprentice  are eligible for the $2,000 Signing Bonus.  Administered by Employment Service Delivery Providers is discretionary in nature. Click here for more details.

ES Training Incentive: Depending on the duration and complexity of the training provided to the apprentice, an employer may be eligible for the ES Training Incentive that can be negotiated up to a maximum of $6,000. The ES Training Incentive is administered by the Employment Service Delivery Providers and is discretionary in nature.

Co-operative Education Tax Credit (CETC) ( A refundable tax credit available to employers who hire students enrolled in a co-operative education program at an Ontario university or college. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers the program on behalf of the Province of Ontario through the federal income tax system.


Essential Skills ( Identified by Employment and Social Development Canada(ESDC), skills that people need for learning, work and life. They are used in the community and the workplace, in different forms and at different levels of complexity.  HRSDC includes information n building these skills for employees and employers.

The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum - Forum canadien sur l'apprentissage (CAF-FCA) ) Research and information on Essential Skills in the workplace is part of a Workplace Project including:  offering a number of webinars for employers who hire and train apprentices.

TOWES (Test of Workplace Essential Skills) ( There are many applications for TOWES including providing an entry-level assessment of skills.


Ellis Chart  ( Comparative Chart of Apprenticeship Training Programs across Canada

Interprovincial Standards (Red Seal) Program ( Explanation of the Red Seal Program and provides lists of eligible Trades

Provincial and Territorial Ministries and Departments of Education  Those responsible for post-secondary and trades training. A list of contacts is available here (Apprenticeship and Training Information Provincial and Territorial Departments and Contacts).

Post Secondary Educational Facilities Offering HVACR Related Courses (Post-Secondary-Educational-Facilities-Offering-HVACR-Courses.html) Contact information on some of the colleges and training facilities offering post-secondary programs relevant to HVACR.