Pan-Canadian Harmonization Initiative

Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship Harmonization Initiative

The Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA) is responsible for the Red Seal Program, which develops common interprovincial standards and examinations. The CCDA is undertaking the Harmonization Initiative in 30 Red Seal trades by 2020. British Columbia is an active participant in this initiative.

The goal is to substantively align apprenticeship systems across Canada by making apprenticeship training requirements more consistent in the Red Seal trades.

As part of this work, the CCDA identified the following harmonization priorities in consultation with industry and training stakeholders:
  1. Use the Red Seal trade name.
  2. Consistent number of training levels.
  3. Consistent total trade hours (in-school and on-the-job).
  4. More consistent technical training.

Phase 1 - Red Seal trades selected for harmonization

Strong industry and stakeholder engagement has resulted in significant progress in harmonizing the first group of Red Seal trades. Changes are being implemented in most jurisdictions for the following trades, with apprenticeship intake planned for September 2016 & March 2017:
  • Carpenter (March)
  • Welder (March)
  • Metal Fabricator (Fitter) (March)
  • Ironworker (Generalist) (September)
  • Ironworker (Reinforcing) (September)
  • Mobile Crane Operator (September)
  • Tower Crane Operator (September)

Phase 2 - 8 Red Seal trades selected for harmonization

Moving forward, the CCDA will focus on the following eight trades, aiming to harmonize the training in most jurisdictions by September 2017:
  • Automotive Service Technician
  • Construction Electrician
  • Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
  • Industrial Electrician
  • Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
  • Plumber
  • Steamfitter/Pipefitter
  • Truck and Transport Mechanic

Phase 3 - 5 Red Seal trades implemented by September 2018

  • Boilermaker
  • Sprinkler System Installer
  • Concrete Finisher
  • Landscape Horticulturist
  • Sheet Metal Worker

Phase 4 - 5 Red Seal trades implemented by September 2019

  • Rig Technician
  • Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
  • Insulator (Heat and Frost)
  • Machinist
  • Tool and Die Maker

Phase 5 - 5 Red Seal trades implemented by September 2020

  • Cook
  • Powerline Technician
  • Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint)
  • Automotive Painter
  • Hairstylist

Consultation process

The Pan-Canadian Harmonization initiative involves discussion and consultation with industry stakeholders connected to each trade. For each Red Seal trade, industry is engaged at the national and provincial/territorial levels to propose and validate recommendations for harmonization. These consultations take the form of face to face meetings, webinars and electronic information distribution.

ITA begins each round of Red Seal harmonization activity with a survey that is distributed to every sponsor registered by trade. This survey explains the recommendations being made to the CCDA as they apply to trade name, number of training levels and total trade hours across Canada. Sponsors are invited to complete the survey and these results are summarized and shared at the National level, compared with other provinces and contribute to a draft Red Seal Occupational Standard. Interested Sponsors and Training Providers then have the opportunity to participate in further discussion around the sequencing of technical training content through national webinars and provincial workshops. 

If you have any questions please contact the harmonization team.