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Do you want to give your child’s teacher a gift for the holidays, but not sure what to get or how? Click our “Donate Now” button and follow these easy steps to make a donation to Skills Ontario in honour of your child's teacher!

WHY? Each year Skills Ontario inspires students to explore skilled trades and technology careers through all of our programming including:

  •  In School Presentations —Our Liaison Officers present to encourage students to make informed decisions about their future. Since 1998, we have been delivering our presentation “What’s Out There in the Skilled Trades and Technologies?” to educate students on the hundreds of career opportunities available   in the construction, motive power, service, industrial and technology sectors. This interactive, 45-60 minute multimedia presentation   is updated annually and is available in both English and French, as well as  a workshop format geared towards First Nations, Métis, and Inuit (FNMI) audiences. Note: All presentations are being delivered virtually for 2020-21.

  •  Skills Ontario Competition —offers a unique opportunity for top   students to demonstrate that they are the best of the best in their field.  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. 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!

  •  Young Women’s Initiatives —a collection of engaging and hands-on events and programs that provide skill development and mentorship         opportunities to young women in grades 7 to 12. Skills Ontario hosts Career Exploration Events across Ontario from October to April, and Canada’s largest young women’s conference. Note: All activities being delivered virtually for 2020-21.

  •  First Nations, Métis and Inuit Initiatives —annual FNMI focused conference and events that aim to increase the awareness of the rewarding career opportunities that exist in skilled trades and technologies.  FNMI Events promote the hands-on exploration of skilled trades and technologies to students living across Ontario. Students work with qualified skilled trade professionals and teachers to design and create projects, as well as take part in a mentoring session with industry representatives. Breakout rooms and panel discussions allow youth to learn about many career opportunities across the five sectors (construction, industrial, motive power, service, and technology) and ask questions directly to tradespeople. Note: All activities being delivered virtually for 2020-21.

  •  Virtual Camps —campers are led through fun skilled trade and tech-related activities and virtual tours by Skills Ontario staff and volunteers/partners. Students entering grades 7, 8, and 9 all across the province can select and participate in skilled trade and technology workshops that interest them. Virtual camps are run throughout the summer, as well as March Break.

Sponsorships and Business Donations

For more information on sponsorship, as well as other ways to get involved, contact Paul Clipsham at

Charity number: 894205491RR0001