Canada: Regulated Professions & Recognized Trades

Regulated Professions and Trades

Ontario has over 30 regulated professions – from architecture and engineering to social work and veterinary medicine. A licence is required to work in these fields in Ontario. Ontario also has more than 140 recognized trades, of which about 20 require mandatory certification.

A regulated occupation is one that is governed by a provincial, territorial or sometimes federal authority (for example: veterinarians, electricians and plumbers). Certain entry requirements and standards of practice are used to assess your qualifications and certify, register or license you as a qualified applicant. Requirements can vary from one province or territory to another. For a regulated occupation, you must have a licence, certificate or be registered with the regulatory body, before you start practising your trade or profession. Approximately 20% of professions or trades are regulated in Canada.

General information about professions and trades in Ontario:

1. Academic Credential Assessment  or Foreign Qualification Evaluation and Recognition in Canada.– Learn how to get your academic credentials assessed to Ontario’s standards.

World Education Services – Canada (WES-Canada)
45 Charles Street East, Suite 700
Toronto, Ontario
M4Y 1S2
Tel: (416) 972-0070 (416) 972-0070     

Toll Free: 1-866-343-0070 1-866-343-0070      Fax: (416) 972-9004
Toll free: 1-800-937-3895 1-800-937-3895     

WES-Canada converts foreign secondary and post-secondary educational qualifications into their Ontario equivalents. Document-by-document, course-by-course or customized reports are available for educational, immigration, licensing or employment purposes. Services and assessment reports are available in English and French 

2. Bridging Programs – These programs help qualified professional immigrants move quickly into the labour market without duplicating what they have already learned.
3. Career Maps – The Ontario Government has developed career maps for most regulated professions and trades, which explain in detail every step of the certification process.

Apprenticeship and Occupational Certification – (New Brunswick)
Applies to: New Brunswick

For your business to prosper and grow in today’s changing world, a highly skilled and adaptable workforce is required. The most effective way to ensure you will have the best employees is through apprenticeship.
Office des professions du Québec – (Québec) (only available in French)
This professional body enacts and applies various regulations that govern professional practice.
Trade School Registration – (Yukon)
Applies to: Yukon
To attract students to your trade school, you need to be registered with the Government of Yukon.

Non-Regulated Professions
A non-regulated profession does not require that you have a licence, certificate or registration before you practise (for example, engineering technician or commercial planner). Most occupations fall into this category. Some occupations allow you to register with a professional body or association on a voluntary basis.

 One of the best source of  a Canadian company information   is the its website. Why? because the company’s Website, it’s an absolutely amazing of info. You can either try directly entering the company name in your favorite browser.

Looking for work? One of  best source for conducting your initial Canadian’s  company research is Hineni’s  Database,  run by Hineni Media. Hineni’s database is a compilation of more than 500 host organizations with preexisting sponsoring and Co-ops placements  spanning over 85 areas of interest. Searchable by location, level of study, field and area of interest, it provides an excellent starting point for professionals searching for their ideal seasonal or permanent  job opportunity.  The database is a great place to start your search. Contact here or subscribe online  to access .

From there, I would locate the professional organizations for the given career. For example, if you were interested in marketing as a career, I would recommend contacting the Canadian Marketing Association to learn more about demanded careers in marketing. To get salary information for a specific geographic location, I would use one of the many salary calculators available online.

Do your research, polish your job-search materials, network, and go after a specific job. And be sure to follow-up each and every job lead — until you land that job.


Marisol Diaz  is  an experienced workshop presenter, specialized information publisher, and  a SOHO specialist. She also  has been writing on Canada settlement and  immigration law since 2006. contact her @ You can improve your Canada job search through the Canadian database  for Int’l Employers  here ,  an Paid Content or Informational Services run by Hineni Media

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