Young Women's Initiatives

Skills Ontario’s Young Women’s Initiatives is a collection of engaging and hands-on events and programs that provide skills development and mentorship opportunities to young women. 


Career Exploration Events

Parent/Guardian Information EventsYoung Women's Conferences

International Women's Day Conference

International Day of the Girl Activity Series

Women in Trades Resource Hub

Collaborating Organizations




Annual Calendar of Events


Event  Audience
March International Women's Day Conference Students in grades 11-12 and post-secondary school, apprentices,
businesswomen, tradeswomen, and advocates 
May Young Women's Conferences Grades 6-12
 September - June  Career Exploration Events Grades 7-12
October International Day of the Girl Activity Series Grades 5-8
December - May

Parent/Guardian Information Events

Grades 7-12 students and their parents/guardians



Thank you to our Young Women's Initiatives Partners:

This program is funded by the Government of Ontario.

Magna Logo

Program Partner


Progressive Contractors Association of Canada

Supporting Partner     


Skills Ontario Career Exploration Events

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Career Exploration Events – Daytime Student        

Skills Ontario is proud to once again present a series of Career Exploration Events for young women in senior elementary and secondary school. These events provide participants the opportunity to integrate experiential workshops and networking with mentors. We will be hosting our programming in a virtual format for the 2021-22 school year until further notice.

Going virtual has allowed us to reach a larger audience and to offer more spaces. This has allowed full co-ed classes as well as young women to learn about the skilled trades and technologies! We know this year will be another challenging year and we strive to keep everything as simple and consistent as possible as we all continue to navigate working around COVID-19. For this year’s events, we will be posting event dates and workshop specifics as events are secured, providing a detailed event agenda for each event.

Events are hosted on Google Meets and do allow for co-ed participation in order to follow school policies where classes are unable to divide. Each event will still be allocated a “location” as previous years. This is navigational to school boards/colleges.

Below is a list of our Young Women’s regional 2020/21 event offerings we will have detail available as the events are solidified so that we can provide a full overview of the event.

NOTEOnce a date is secured, it will be posted online and will not change unless an unforeseen circumstance occurs. At that time, a notice will be posted to our website and all registered participants will be notified. All event details will be updated as each date is secured in the chart below. Please note all Career Exploration Events start at 9:30 am and wrap up at 11:30 am, unless otherwise noted in the flyer.

*New this year fully francophone events - dates to come.

 Register Here

Virtual Region Grades Co-host Date Flyer
Thunder Bay 7-12  Confederation College   October 27th  View Flyer
Barrie 7-12  Georgian College   December 2nd View Flyer
Guelph 7-12  Conestoga College December 3rd View Flyer
Sault Ste. Marie 7-12 Sault College   December 16th Coming Soon
Open 7-12 Women’s Trucking Federation of Canada January 13th View Flyer
Belleville 7-12  Loyalist College February 8th  Coming Soon
Sudbury 7-12  Cambrian College   February 10th  Coming Soon 
Ottawa  7-12  Algonquin College   February 24th  Coming Soon 
Brampton 7-12 Sheridan College March 2nd Coming Soon
Whitby 7-12  Durham College March 3rd Coming Soon
Timmins  7-12  Coming Soon   Coming Soon   Coming Soon 
Kenora 7-12  Coming Soon   Coming Soon   Coming Soon 
Tiverton 7-12  Coming Soon   Coming Soon   Coming Soon 
Kapuskasing 7-12  Coming Soon   Coming Soon   Coming Soon 
Niagara 7-12  Coming Soon   Coming Soon   Coming Soon 


Sample Event Agenda


School/Student Registration

Events will be free and any that require a registration fee, will be listed with the event date/register button.

IMPORTANT: In select events, some workshops may require an informed consent form to be signed by the parent/ guardian depending on the workshop activity. This will be indicated with the event.

Teachers and board contacts are to register students in grades 7-12.


How Registration Works

Each Teacher or Board contact will register an entire class/cohort/bubble as one (1) ticket for the regional event they choose. In the “regional” events, if a co-host is listed, workshops will be based off their programming/campus. The region you select does not have to be the region closest to your school board.

One ticket allows for one device to join the event. This link is NOT to be shared. Each event has a maximum number of devices that can log on. Teachers are asked to share their screen with their class, either in-person in a classroom (i.e. from a projector or TV hooked up to their device) and/or in a virtual classroom by screen sharing. If a teacher has a class/cohort/bubble that is a combination of in-person and virtual students, we recommend that the device is connected to a projector or TV at the front of the class, while also logged into the virtual classroom and screensharing. If this is not possible to share in this recommended option, please contact – we are happy to discuss different options!

This system allows the most opportunities for students to join and attend each individual event. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email - this will not include the link to the event. A few days prior to the event you registered for, another email with the link to access Google Meets will be sent to you. Again, please ensure that this link is not shared.

If you have any questions, please contact

Register a Guest

A guest is classified as a dignitary, community partner, sponsor, or other interested party who is not part of a school registration. Please email to register.

Becoming a Mentor and/or Hosting a Workshop

Are you a woman who works in the skilled trades and technologies and looking to share your experience and skilled trade and technology? Volunteer as a mentor or to host a workshop at one of our events! Email

*NEW* Parent/Guardian Skilled Trade & Technology Information Series

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Join us for a six-part series connecting high school programs to apprenticeships to employers, while engaging in thought-provoking conversations that challenge the stigmas behind careers in skilled trades and technologies.  

Throughout these events, Parents/Guardians will have the opportunity to learn about the options that are available to youth starting in high school with OYAP (Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program) to what programs are available in college within a specific sector and what partnerships exist between local high schools/colleges and employers.  Learn about OYAP, explore local colleges, hear from employers, and more! Each event will also feature a “101 with Milwaukee” segment exploring different tools of the trades.   

While these events are geared towards young women in grades 7-10 and their parents/guardians, all are welcome! 


Topic Date & Time Co-host(s) Flyer Registration
An Introduction to
Women In Trades
December 7, 2021
5 pm (EST)
Conestoga College, Milwaukee, OYAP
View Flyer Register
A Focus on the
Construction Sector
January 2022  Coming Soon  Coming Soon  
A Focus on the
Industrial Sector
February 2022  Coming Soon  Coming Soon  
A Focus on the
Service Sector
March 2022  Coming Soon  Coming Soon  
A Focus on the
Motive Power Sector
April 2022  Coming Soon  Coming Soon  
A Focus on the
Technology Sector
May 2022    Coming Soon  Coming Soon  


Women in Trades Resource Hub

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Awards for Women in Trades Camps, Classes &
E-Learning for Youth
Resources, Publications
& Research
Scholarships, Bursaries
& Grants
Skilled Trades
Training Programs
Support Groups
& Organizations

For Women



Collaborating Organizations

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Skills Ontario is on the forefront of making change in our province! We are thrilled to be partnering with women in skilled trade and technology organizations and groups to stand together and make an impact. We are united with the same goals and initiatives and will promote exciting opportunities for women through skill development, mentorship, networking, and experiential learning opportunities at our Young Women’s Career Exploration Events and Young Women’s Conference.