Apprenticeship Programs for People in Aboriginal Communities

In addition to the Secondary School Apprenticeship Programs, there are many programs across Canada designed to introduce Aboriginal Canadians to apprenticeship.

The Indigenous Works is developing new ways to increase skills and training opportunities. You can contact the Council for information on apprenticeship programs for people in Aboriginal communities across Canada.

A number of provinces are in the process of developing, or have already developed, initiatives aimed at improving access to apprenticeship training programs for Aboriginal Canadians. Most of the programs they offer are community-based. Some are being developed to incorporate First Nations' languages and combine traditional values and practices with the skills required by today's labour market.

To find out about specific provincial programs, check out the following links:


The Alberta Aboriginal Apprenticeship Project (AAAP) was established in 2001 to promote apprenticeship and industry training of Aboriginal people, communities and organizations in Alberta. The AAAP currently operates in Calgary, Edmonton, Fort McMurray, High Level and Lethbridge.

For more information, call toll-free:

1-866-408-1840 (Edmonton office)
1-866-655-2201 (Calgary office)

British Columbia

The British Columbia Construction Association and the Vancouver Regional Construction Association have partnered with several BC Aboriginal organizations as well as major construction employers in Vancouver's Lower Mainland to train and employ hundreds of Aboriginal workers. The Vancouver Aboriginal Skills and Employment Program (Van ASEP) is a $21 million project designed to create multiple entry points for Aboriginal people into construction careers, including the ironworking industry. Through Van ASEP, Aboriginal ironworkers can find work on projects relating to the 2010 Winter Olympics, the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, the Vancouver Port Expansion, and the Sea-to-Sky Highway improvement.

For information on how to get involved in Van ASEP, contact:

British Columbia Construction Association
174 Wilson Street
Suite 210
Victoria, BC V9A 7N6
Tel: 250-475-1077
Fax: 250-475-1078


Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario is developing an Ontario-wide strategy to improve apprenticeship access and meaningful long-term employment options for Aboriginal peoples in the province.


The Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (SIIT) and the Saskatchewan Apprenticeship and Trade Certification Commission have formed the SIIT Joint Training Committee (SIIT JTC) to help qualified First Nation and other individuals enter construction trade apprenticeship programs.

For more information, visit the SIIT JTC Web site.

SIIT JTC also has Construction Careers offices in Regina, Saskatoon and Prince Albert. For more information, contact any of the three offices and ask to talk to an employment counsellor:

  • Construction Careers (Regina)
  • Construction Careers (Saskatoon)
  • Construction Careers (Prince Albert)