Skills Ontario Competition - Secondary

The 2021 Skills Ontario Competition will be held in a remote virtual format. For the Remote Virtual Skills Ontario Competition, students will compete in their own classrooms with a qualified adult supervising and assisting in the judging. The aim for each contest is to be as close as possible to in-person competitions in terms of contest difficulty and comprehensiveness. The contest scopes will take into consideration the tools and equipment that are commonly available in classrooms across the province. Any date or format changes will be announced on our website well in advance of the competition.

The 2021 Skills Ontario Competition is tentatively scheduled for May 3-5, 2021. This date is subject to change. Any and all changes will be based on health and safety guidelines issued by the provincial and federal government, as well as school board/college policies regarding student travel and extra-curricular activities. Any date or location changes will announced on our website.


The Skills Ontario Competition offers a unique opportunity for top students to demonstrate that they are the best of the best in their field. Over the two and a half days, they turn the heads of their educators, family, friends and prospective employers. Winners are awarded with Gold, Silver or Bronze medals - and some with monetary awards, too - and the opportunity to compete at the Skills Canada National Competition. From there, competitors could be headed to a WorldSkills Competition.  Please use the tabs to the right to learn more about competing at the Skills Ontario Competition.

In addition to contests, the Skills Ontario Competition has a number of components, including:

Career Exploration Showcase

The Showcase is an interactive career fair in the heart of the competition. Over 70 businesses, colleges, apprenticeship programs, unions and government programs set up booths, hand out items and provide activites related to the skilled trades and technologies.  Please click HERE to learn more about the Career Exploration Showcase.


Young Women's Conference

The Conference offers young women the opportunity to explore careers in the skilled trades and technologies by participating in hands-on activities and speaking with mentors. Please click HERE to learn more about the Young Women's Conference.


First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) Student Conference 

The FNMI Student Conference will provide FNMI students and other stakeholders an opportunity to celebrate the success and skill of FNMI youth in Ontario. Skilled trade and technology professionals will provide advice, guidance and inspiration to the conference participants, who can also check out the Skills Ontario Competition contests and interactive booths of the Career Exploration Showcase.


Closing Ceremony

Results for the Skills Ontario Competition will first be announced during the Closing Ceremony held at the Toronto Congress Centre.  Competition results will not be made public until after the Closing Ceremony, so this is the best opportunity for competitors to come and accept their medals.  Competitors advancing to the Skills Canada National Competition will be asked to attend the Team Ontario meeting immediately following the Closing Ceremony.  For more information on the Closing Ceremony, please click HERE.


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