Skills Canada

What is Skills Canada?

Skills Canada is a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of careers in technology and skilled trades. The purpose of Skills Canada is to open the eyes of young people to the world of skilled trades. One of their major initiatives is the annual Skills Canada National Competition. This is an Olympic-style event in which competitors from across the country take part in various skilled trades and technology contests. Competitors may participate at either the high-school or post-secondary level.

Each Canadian province and territory has its own chapter of Skills Canada. Alberta's chapter is called Skills Canada Alberta.

What Trades are Represented at Skills Canada Alberta?

Visit the "Find Your Skill" page at https://skillsalberta.com/findyourskill to see a list of trades that students can compete in at Skills Canada Alberta.

Qualifying for Skills Canada

Aspen View students hoping to compete in the Skills Canada event need to qualify to earn a spot by first competing in the Regional Competition in Lac La Biche and/or the Skills Canada Alberta Provincial Competition in Edmonton.

a. Regional Competition

Students who want to compete in the following trades in the Provincial Competition need to win competitions at the Regional Competition hosted at Portage College in Lac La Biche first:

  • Automobile Technology
  • Baking
  • Carpentry
  • Cabinet Making
  • Culinary Arts
  • Hairstyling
  • Video Production
  • Welding

The Regional Competition date is March 19, 2019.

The Portage College address is: 9531 94 Avenue, Lac La Biche.

Please direct questions about the Regional Competition to Tesslyn Noble 780-623-5756 or Darren Trembecky 780-623-5671 at Portage College.

Note: To qualify for Graphic Design and Photography competitions, students must take part in a Qualifying Skills Competition online.

a. Provincial Competition

Some trades do not require that students compete in a Regional Competition; teachers can register select students directly in the Provincial Competition for these trades. Please refer to the "Find Your Skill" webpage at https://skillsalberta.com/findyourskill to see which trades do not require a Regional Competition (Note: click on the skill in the list to get detailed info about the skill).

The Provincial Skills Canada Competition dates are May 8-9, 2019.

The Provincial Competition is being hosted by the Edmonton Expo Centre at Northlands in Edmonton.

How To Register

Students attending junior high or senior high school register for events through their teachers. Interested students should contact their teachers to complete registration. For more details on how to register at the Regional Competition and the Provincial Competition visit the "Find Your Skill" page at https://skillsalberta.com/findyourskill.

Note: Students can attend Skills Canada Alberta without having to compete. Field Trips and Try-A-Trade activities are available. Visit SkillsAlberta.com for travel subsidy information and to register for a field trip.

For more information on the competition, the fees associated with the competition or on how to register for a field trip, go to https://skillsalberta.com.

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