Students advance to the 2018 Skills Ontario Competition

Apr 12 2018

Waterloo, ON April 12, 2018 -- Held at seven colleges across the province, qualifying competitions ensure that the most prepared and talented students ultimately compete at the Skills Ontario Competition. Competitions were held for four of the most popular contests at the secondary-school level: 2D Character Animation, Carpentry Individual, Culinary Arts, and Welding.

Four hundred students compete at the Skills Ontario Qualifying Competition, often after having qualified through their school board or regional competitions.

Students representing the top three school boards in each contest at each of the seven qualifiers will advance to the Skills Ontario Competition, taking place May 7-8, 2018 at the Toronto Congress Centre in the GTA, with the Closing Ceremony on May 9.

Click here to see the results of the Skills Ontario Qualifying Competitions.

At the Skills Ontario Competition, students compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals, as well as monetary awards and job offers for select contests. Gold medalists are also eligible to go on to represent Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition, June 4-5 in Edmonton.

“The Skills Ontario Competition is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the young talent in our province and the important partnerships between Skills Ontario, industry, education, and government organizations that help bring skill development for youth to the forefront,” says Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario.

With nearly 70 skilled trades and technologies contests, and over 2,400 competitors from elementary schools, high schools and colleges across Ontario, it is the largest skilled trades and technologies competition in Canada. Skills Ontario also hosts Young Women’s Conferences – also the largest in Canada -- and a First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Student Conference in conjunction with the Skills Ontario Competition. 

About Skills Ontario

Skills Ontario is building Ontario’s skilled trades and technologies workforce. We enable and empower all youth, including women and First Nations, Métis, and Inuit youth, to consider a career in the skilled trades and technologies. Engagement with students, teachers, parents, volunteers, employers and mentors ensure our programs connect education, experience, and employment. We deliver in-school presentations across Ontario, host Canada’s largest skills competition, run summer camps for skills development and connect students to employers. We are focused on growth sectors such as construction and infrastructure, technology innovation, and hospitality services.




Media contact

Anne Ramsay

Manager of Communications, Skills Ontario

Cell: 519-998-6058

519-749-9899 x 230


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