Ellis Chart

The Ellis Chart website is a key trades resource for governments, industry and educational institutions. It provides detailed comparative data on 400 designated trades in Canada. This includes all Red Seal trades.

What is it?

The Ellis Chart is a tool to help researchers compare apprentice training programs across Canada. It is the only detailed interprovincial overview of Canada’s 13 apprenticeship systems.

Key Features of the Ellis Chart

The Ellis Chart includes the following information.

All Designated Trades in Canada

A standardized breakdown of each of Canada’s designated trades to enable comparison.

Training and Certification Information

For each trade, there is information about where you can train, the length of training programs and other program details.

Trade Education and Entrance Requirements

Clear information about the education and training needed to begin an apprenticeship program in any province or territory where that trade is recognized. This can be found via the link “See more details about the Education/Entrance Requirements”, which appears at the end of Part A on each trade’s page.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition Systems (PLAR)

The Ellis Chart provides general information on how each province and territory assesses a student’s prior training and work experience.

Accreditation Processes

Educational institutions can use the Ellis Chart to find out how to become a recognized trades training provider within a province or territory.

Maintaining the Ellis Chart

The Ellis Chart is produced by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in partnership with the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA).


The Ellis Chart was formed after the first committee of provincial and territorial apprenticeship directors met in 1952. The committee met to compare training programs and discuss mutual recognition of certificates. But this was very difficult due to the many differences across the country.

Apprenticeship programs had been formalized in each province and territory at various times in Canadian history. The result: separate and often different systems of training and certification.

Frank Ellis, then Director of Apprenticeship for Saskatchewan, sought a solution for the committee. He developed a detailed table that made it possible to compare provincial and territorial programs. Over the years, he continued to update his table to incorporate changes and new programs. This became known as the Ellis Chart and the federal government has been responsible for updating and publishing the table since 1972, when Ellis retired.

Today the Ellis Chart is online and outlines the training programs for 400 trades. The chart is updated each year with the assistance of the CCDA.

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