Red Seal Trades in Canada
The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program was established to create national standards for certain trades that are common to most jurisdictions. Trades approved for Red Seal status are called “designated Red Seal trades” (click link for list).The Red Seal Program and the designation of trades as Red Seal is the responsibility of the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA).
Red Seal Designations
A trade may not have Red Seal status in each jurisdiction due to jurisdictional legislative differences in terms of the scope or definition of the trade. Red Seal designation is available to trades and occupations regardless of whether their workforces are unionized, non-unionized, or both.
Note: The Interprovincial Red Seal Program that creates national standards for trades is unrelated, separate and distinct from the secondary school Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) "red seal" that appears on the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).