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Work in the Rapidly Growing Construction Industry

The construction sector is expected to experience significant growth between now and 2030! This is your chance to start and build an exciting new career. There are plenty of opportunities — whether you enjoy working outdoors, with your hands, indoors, or with other people. The Ontario Home Builders’ Job-Ready Program provides job seekers with entry-level practical skills training and experience that will prepare them for work in the construction industry. In addition to hands-on industry training, participants will be provided with entry-level skills training, a paid job placement, and ongoing retention supports to ensure their long-term success in the construction field. Applications for the program are currently closed. Please contact us at getjobready@ohbajobready.ca to find out about the next application period.

Now is the Time to Build Your Future

Program Details

This no-cost training program will run from Summer 2022 to Spring 2023. During this period, participants will receive workplace-based technical training and employment coaching, as well as a six-month paid job placement with an industry employer. Work placements will be arranged in your area.


A six-month paid placement is arranged for participants after they complete two-four hours of mandatory training. Job placements are full-time (40+ hours per week).


Paid work placements will be with employers located across Ontario, including Durham, Hamilton, Kitchener/Waterloo, Niagara, Ottawa, Quinte, Simcoe, and St. Thomas. Depending on your location, you will be placed with an employer located in one of the regions closest to your  residence.

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Project Cost

There is no cost to participate in this program. Personal protective equipment (PPE) will be provided. Participants will be responsible for personal transportation to and from placement sites, as well as food and living expenses.

Program Eligibility

  • Minimum 18 years old
  • Eligible to work in Canada
  • Available to work full-time hours (40+ hours per week) during the placement period
  • Having a driver’s license and access to a reliable vehicle is preferred

*Note: Participants will require access to a laptop and reliable internet in order to complete the mandatory remote training.

Apply for the Ontario Home Builders' Job-Ready Program

Registration for the next cohort is now open. To apply, you must first attend an information session. We will share the application form with you after you attend.

Information sessions are one hour and take place every Tuesday evening at 6:30 p.m. ET. 

  • Applications open: July 2022
  • Candidate interviews and selection period: Summer and Fall 2022
  • Paid job placements (6 months): Fall 2022 – Spring 2023
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Questions? Ask Us!

We’d be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns you have about the Ontario Home Builders’ Job-Ready Program. Contact us by email at getjobready@ohbajobready.ca and we will respond to you within one business day.

Project Partners & Funders

The Ontario Home Builders’ Job-Ready Program is made possible by EnerQuality Corporation, with funding provided by the Government of Ontario, Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development. The program is run in partnership with Ontario Home Builders’ Association and The Career Foundation.

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This Employment Ontario project is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.

Frequently Asked Questions

Tell me more about the demand for workers in the construction sector

According to labour market data from BuildForce Canada, the construction industry will need to hire, train, and retain more than 116,200 additional workers over the next decade to keep pace with expected demand growth and to replace more than 92,000 workers that are expected to retire!

There is no better time to enter the construction sector, which is expected to see increased demand over the next several years due to major construction projects planned across Ontario.

Who is eligible for the Ontario Home Builders' Job-Ready Program?

Applicants must be eligible to work in Canada and be available to commit to full-time program hours for the duration of the paid placement period.

What is the cost of the program?

There is no cost to participate in this program. Participants will be responsible for personal transportation to and from their placement site, as well as living expenses such as food and rent.

What are work environment conditions to consider?
  • Physical labour – standing, bending, walking, lifting 40 – 100 lbs
  • Repetitive tasks requiring great attention to detail
  • Working in outdoor conditions
  • Wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Being on one’s feet for 8+ hours at a time
  • Regularly wear gloves, hard hats, safety goggles, or earplugs, depending on the job
  • Regular exposure to sounds and noise levels that are distracting or uncomfortable
  • Occasional exposure to whole-body vibration, such as when using a jackhammer
  • May work in an enclosed vehicle, such as a truck or van
Following completion of the program, what sort of employment opportunities can one anticipate?

The program is intended to recruit, train and prepare entry-level workers to find work in various areas of the construction field, including carpentry, flooring, painting, masonry, paving, roofing, general construction, and more.

Where does the program take place?

Paid work placements will take place with employers located throughout Ontario, including Simcoe, Niagara, St. Thomas, Ottawa, Hamilton, Durham, Quinte, and Kitchener/Waterloo.

Where do participants complete their training?

Program participants will complete most of their training virtually (via modules). The Working from Heights will be completed in person on the job site. *Note: Participants will require access to a laptop and reliable internet.

How many participants will be accepted into the program?

125 applicants will be selected to participate in this program.

Do participants receive income from participating in the program?

Participants will be paid by their employer during their 6-month placement period.  

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