Compulsory trade

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In Canada, a compulsory trade is a skilled trade that requires government certification of those engaged in the trade. In general, a formal training program such as an apprenticeship is required, and a practitioner must be certified as a journeyperson prior to licensure. Conversely, a voluntary trade is a trade where a certification or license is not required to practise.[1]

In Ontario, for example, there are currently 22 skilled trades that are designated "compulsory".[2]


  1. ^ "What's a Trade?". Tradesecrets. Apprenticeship and Industry Training.
  2. ^ "Ontario College of Trades » Trades in Ontario". Retrieved 2016-07-28.