Skills Ontario Competition - Visitors

Skills Ontario is planning to hold the 2022 Skills Ontario Competition (#SOC2022) in-person on May 2-4 at the Toronto Congress Centre. The first two days of the event feature contests, conferences, and the Career Exploration Showcase, while the third day is dedicated to the Closing Ceremony.

Please note that as health and safety guidelines issued by the government and health officials may change, we are prepared for and planning on different scenarios, such as a hybrid in-person/virtual event or an entirely virtual event. Skills Ontario is closely monitoring changing procedures on capacity rules and event regulations. If we are able to move forward with an in-person model, we will be announcing our plan for registration policies, while also adhering to the policies set by the venues. We recommend that all participants follow the guidelines set forth by the institution in which they represent.

The Qualifying Competitions are also set to move forward in-person on April 2, 2022. Please visit skillsontario.com/competitions/qualifying-competitions for more details.

While Skills Ontario is planning to hold these events in-person, please be advised that these plans are tentative and subject to change. If you have any questions, please email info@skillsontario.com. For latest developments, follow us on Twitter at @skillsontario.

For resources and information regarding visiting the 2022 Skills Ontario Competiton, please stay tuned to this webpage.

 


Competition Floor Plan
Competition Agenda
Competition Guide
Hotel Information
School Trip Tip Sheet
Career Exploration Showcase
Bus Pick-up/Drop-off and Parking
Competition Passport
Closing Ceremony

 

                                                                       


Competition Floor Plan

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The Skills Ontario Competition can be visited on either Monday, Tuesday, or both days! Each day of the event is slightly different, and the floor plans change to reflect this!

There is a separate floor plan for Monday and Tuesday. It is colour-coded to outline the differences between the contests, workshops, and skilled trade and technology sectors. It also outlines all the Showcase Booth numbers that correspond with the Career Exploration Showcase Booth document (located on this page) that outlines which exhibitor occupies each booth. 

Other areas to note on the map are in purple for items such as:

  • Restrooms
  • Seating areas
  • Concessions
  • First Aid
  • Skills Ontario Infor Booth
  • Skills Ontario Office
  • YES Desk at the Main D Entrance

Please check back closer to the competition for a PDF of these maps.

 


Competition Agenda

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The Competition Agenda outlines the schedule of different activities, workshops, contests, conferences and VIP events that occur on the Monday and Tuesday of the Skills Ontario Competition. Please check back closer to the competition for a PDF of the Competition Agenda.

 


Hotels

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Visitors and competitors of the annual Skills Ontario Competition visit at the Toronto Congress Centre from all over the province, and even outside Ontario! Sometimes, this means accommodations are required for overnight travel. Skills Ontario works with hotels close to the vicinity of the venue to secure several different group options and rates for visitors to book. The hotels and group rates are generally posted to the Skills Ontario website near the start of the school year/fall. Visitors can follow the instructions listed with each hotel on how to book. There is a deadline allocated with each hotel for when the group rate is no longer available. At that time, the hotel will be removed from the Skills Ontario website, or removed if and when a block has been filled.

 

Holiday Inn
600 Dixon Road
Toronto, Ontario
M9W 1J1
416 240 7511

  • 2 Queen Beds/ or 1 King Bed: $159 per night (1 - 2 people per room)
  • 2 Queen Bed/ or 1 King Bed: $185 per night (3 - 4 people per room)
  • Nights Available: Sunday May 1, Monday May 2, Tuesday May 3, 2022
  • Room Rates subject to: HST tax and MAT Tax (tourist tax, subjected to HST)
  • Booking: Skills Ontario May 2022 Code S2K
  • Includes: room rate includes 1 takeout breakfast, high speed wireless internet
  • Parking: Per Car: $7.00 per day Per Bus: $15.00 per day
  • Notes: no changes to the room list less than 1 week prior to group’s arrival
  • Cut Off Date: March 18, 2022 rooms must be booked by this date
  • Rooming List Due by: April 14, 2022. Typed in alphabetical order, by last name, first name, arrival and departure dates, room type and special requests
  • Cancellation: A date will be provided for each block of rooms by the hotel when booked.


Residence Inn
17 Reading Court
Toronto Ontario M9W 7K7
416 798 2900

  • One Bedroom Suit $159 per night (includes 1 queen or king bed, and pull out sofa. Max 3 adults)
  • Nights Available: Sunday May 1, Monday May 2, Tuesday May 3, 2022
  • Room Rates subject to: HST tax and MAT Tax (tourist tax, subjected to HST)
  • Booking: Individual school teams are responsible to make reservations/payment with Arvinder Kaur at akaur@atlificyyz.ca
  • Includes: hot buffet breakfast, high speed internet
  • Parking: Per Car: $5.00 per day. Per Bus: additional charges may apply. Reservations for bus parking must be no later then 7 business days prior to arrival
  • Cut Off Date: March 18, 2022 rooms must be booked by this date
  • Cancellation: A date will be provided for each block of rooms by the hotel when booked.


Courtyard
231 Carlingview Drive
Toronto, Ontario
M9W 5E8
416 675 0411

  • Run of House Rooms: $159 per night
  • Nights Available: Sunday May 1, Monday May 2, Tuesday May 3, 2022
  • Room Rates subject to: HST tax and MAT Tax (tourist tax, subjected to HST)
  • Booking: Individual school teams are responsible to make reservations/payment with Arvinder Kaur at akaur@atlificyyz.ca
  • Includes: high speed wireless internet
  • Parking: Per Car: $5.00 per day. Per Bus: additional charges may apply. Reservations for bus parking must be no later then 7 business days prior to arrival
  • Cut Off Date: April 1, 2022 rooms must be booked by this date
  • Cancellation: A date will be provided for each block of rooms by the hotel when booked.


Crown Plaza
33 Carlson Court,
Toronto, Ontario
M9W 6H5
416-675-2869

  • 2 Double Bed: $159 per night (additional $20 fee applied per additional person above 2. Maximum of 4 persons per room)
  • Nights Available: Sunday May 1, Monday May 2, Tuesday May 3, 2022
  • Room Rates subject to: HST tax and MAT Tax (tourist tax, subjected to HST)
  • Booking: Schools are to contact dina.dickson@cptayyz.com to reserve rooms out of the block.
  • Includes: Buffet Breakfast and internet
  • Parking: $11.00 per day
  • Cut Off Date: March 18, 2022 rooms must be booked by this date
  • Cancellation: A date will be provided for each block of rooms by the hotel when booked.

 


School Trip Tip Sheet

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Each year over 37,000 students, teachers, parents, industry and members of the general public over the course of two days come from across the province and beyond, to observe the Skills Ontario Competition, the largest competition of its kind in Canada. With large crowds, it is helpful to plan your trip with this in mind.

We hope the tips listed below assist in planning a fun and valuable class trip for your students!

  • Review all items and documents on the Competitions Visitors page.
  • View the Bus Drop-off/ Pick-up Map and Parking Map for directions and where to park for the driver.
  • There are many buses dropping off and picking up, and sometimes it can be very difficult to find which bus is yours at the end of the day. Make a brightly coloured sign that clearly identifies your group to put in your bus window. Show this to your group before they get off the bus when you arrive.
  • There is NO PA system in the venue that can be used to page students. Please create a communication plan so you can get a hold of your students or vice versa.
  • Arrange a meeting place and time with your students prior to arriving at the Toronto Congress Centre (such as in front of the Home and Team Building Contest). This can be determined by using the Competition Day Floor Plans, posted on the Competition Visitors page
  • The designated “lost and found” person’s area is the “Skills Ontario Office” in Zone 1 of the meeting rooms area at the front of the building. Our staff will direct any lost persons, or people looking for lost persons to this area.
  • Instruct your students to use the buddy-system. When exploring the event, no student should be left to tour alone. The competition space including the meeting room areas for contests is approximately 650,000 sq.ft. This is more than eleven football fields.
  • Review the Competition Day Floor Plans ahead of time with your students. They will benefit from being familiar with the layout of the venue. These will be available to print from a PDF from the website, view as electronic PDF from the website, and as hard copies available on site.
    • If you are printing copies of the floor plan before arriving, it is recommended to clearly mark it with your designated meeting place (and perhaps the supervision contact’s cell phone number).
    • First Aid Stations and EMS are marked on the floor plan - point this out to students, in case of an emergency. Students can also ask for help from any Marshal or Skills Ontario staff. There are three locations where a Skills Ontario staff will be stationed at all times: YES Desk at the Main D Entrance, the Skills Ontario Booth in the middle of the floor plan, and in the Skills Ontario Office at the front of the building.
    • Designate a location that you will stop at throughout the day where students can find you if they need to - make this location clear to your students.
  • Instruct students to dress for the weather. While the majority of contests and showcase booths are indoors, there will still be some outside. There will not be a space to leave coats or valuables. It is recommended that perhaps students wear a backpack or bring a bag if they need to carry a jacket, valuables, or items that they receive during the day from the Showcase Booths, or if are signed up for Elementary workshops
  • Plan an activity for your students to complete throughout the day. There is a Scavenger Hunt Activity called the “Skills Ontario Competition Passport” provided by Skills Ontario to learn more about Skilled Trades and from the Showcase Booths! INFO ABOUT APP HERE
  • The Toronto Congress Centre will be providing a small concession for students to purchase snacks. Line ups are long, so please do not make this the only plan. There are many restaurants around the Toronto Congress Centre that are within walking distance, or students may bring lunch with them. Seating is limited and fills quickly during the lunch hour. Plan to perhaps eat slightly before or after the lunch hour.

 


Career Exploration Showcase Booths

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The Career Exploration Showcase runs annually in conjunction with the Skills Ontario Competition and features 20,000+ square feet (the equivalent of nearly 170 cars!) of exhibitor booths, offering attendees the opportunity to:

  • Try a hands-on skilled trade or technology-based activity at every booth
  • Learn about skilled trade & technology careers and pathways
  • Speak to Ontario business, education, and government representatives about skilled trade & technology career opportunities

This event is an excellent way to see what’s out there and explore what’s possible, perfect for students, educators, parents/guardians, and career seekers!  

 


Bus Pick-up/Drop-off and Parking

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There are several entrances and different parking lots at the Toronto Congress Centre. A Bus Pick-up/Drop-off Map is provided, as well as a Parking Map for where buses can park after dropping off. These are provided each year to assist visitors in planning the best possible route and schedule for their visit when arriving and leaving the Skills Ontario Competition, if travelling via a bus.

Please check back closer to the competition for a PDF of these maps.

 


Skills Ontario Competition Passport

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Enhance your experience at the Skills Ontario Competition by taking part in this fun engaging activity! The Skills Ontario Competition Passport encourages attendees to experience as much as the event has to offer. Activities in the Passport will have attendees participating in activities such as:

  • Speaking with exhibitors about skilled trades and technologies careers
  • Participating in hands-on activities at Showcase Booths
  • Learning more about what the Skills Ontario Competition has to off

Those who complete the Passport and submit to Skills Ontario have a chance to win a prize!

Please check back closer to the competition for a PDF of the passport.

 


Closing Ceremony

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Skills Ontario is planning to hold an in-person Closing Ceremony subject to public health guidelines at the time of the event. More information regarding this event will be added soon.