Fact Sheet

Established in the 1950s, the Red Seal Program is Canada’s standard of excellence for skilled trades. The program is a partnership between the federal, provincial and territorial governments and is administered in each province and territory under the guidance of the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA). The Red Seal endorsement provides evidence that a tradesperson has met the Canadian standard of skills and knowledge required in his/her trade. The Red Seal examinations are used to determine whether apprentices and tradespersons meet the Canadian standard in 57 trades. Currently more than 622,851 tradespeople in Canada have attained a Red Seal endorsement.

THE RED SEAL IS CANADA’S STANDARD OF EXCELLENCE FOR SKILLED TRADES.

Total Number of Red Seal Endorsements Issued by Province/Territory

  Provinces and Territories Since Inception 2014**
Total Apprentice Trade Qualifier
1 Alberta 183,153 7,884 6,237 1,647
2 Ontario 180,918 9,074 6,139 2,935
3 British Columbia 109,704 4,620 3,273 1,347
4 Saskatchewan 33,874 1,742 1,472 270
5 Manitoba 33,065 1,250 1,046 204
6 Nova Scotia 25,825 905 668 237
7 New Brunswick 25,417 850 627 223
8 Newfoundland and Labrador 21,228 744 606 138
9 Prince Edward Island 3,999 138 94 44
10 Quebec 2,267 120 120 0
11 Yukon 1,848 55 40 15
12 Northwest Territories 1,491 53 N/A N/A
13 Nunavut* 62 4 4 0
  622,851 27,439 20,326 7,060

*Nunavut began issuing Red Seal endorsements on its own certificates during the 2001 calendar year.

** Calendar year

Note: The first Red Seal endorsements were issued in 1959 to apprentices that successfully completed the interprovincial examination in the trade now known as Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint).

Fast Facts: Red Seal Program

Top 10 Red Seal Trades by Number of Red Seal Endorsements Issued in 2014

1 Construction Electrician 5,160
2 Welder 2,532
3 Plumber 2,156
4 Automotive Service Technician 2,099
5 Carpenter 2,018
6 Truck and Transport Mechanic 1,394
7 Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) 1,303
8 Heavy Duty Equipment Technician 1,238
9 Steamfitter/Pipefitter 1,111
10 Cook 911

Number of Red Seals Issued by Year

Date modified: