The following resources and links are provided as a place for you to start exploring. Look for helpful information as you make the decision on the career path in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry that is right for you.

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.


CanLearn ( This site was developed by the Department of Employment and Skills Development Canada in collaboration with provincial and territorial governments.

College and University Search -( Section of the CanLearn site that invites the visitor to explore the post-secondary education options Canada has to offer in the CEGEPs, Colleges and Universities Search tool.

Program Search - ( The place on the CanLearn site to obtain detailed profiles, requirements, application and admission information for programs of study at Canadian CEGEPs, colleges and universities.

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).

Scholarship Search ( This is a  service provided in collaboration with the leading free Canadian scholarship search service devoted to helping high school, college and university students find information on scholarships, bursaries, grants, and other forms of financial assistance available from the private sector and not-for-profit organizations.


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 (

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 Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC) For employers -(

Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) ( For employees

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

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

Ellis Chart  ( Comparative Chart of Apprenticeship Training Programs across Canada

Employment and Social Development Canada ( provides the National Occupational Classification (NOC) system that contains a classification structure and descriptions of occupational unit groups and includes over 30,000 occupational titles.

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

Service Canada – Youth Employment Strategy ( provides youth oriented information on resume writing, job search, education and finances.

Statistics Canada ( Information on all sectors on the industry.

WorkInfoNet ( The Canada WorkinfoNET provides statistics and information on labour markets across Canada, workplace issues and jobs.