Information About the Red Seal Program

Skilled trades

The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program was established to provide greater mobility for skilled workers across Canada. The Red Seal program allows qualified tradespeople to practise their trade anywhere in Canada where the trade is designated without having to write further examinations.

To date, over 50 trades are included in the Red Seal program, accounting for almost 90% of all apprentices and more than 80% of the total trades workforce in Canada.

More information about the Red Seal program, including a list of the designated Red Seal trades in Canada, is available at

Important note on eligibility for apprenticeship grants

To apply for federal apprenticeship grants, you must be registered in or have completed an apprenticeship program in a trade that is designated as a Red Seal trade in the province or territory where you become certified.

Not all trades are designated as Red Seal in all provinces and territories, and the Red Seal trades in your province or territory may be different from those in other parts of Canada.

To find out more about designated Red Seal trades in your province or territory, contact your provincial or territorial apprenticeship authority.


For answers to your questions about the Red Seal program, visit or contact the Red Seal Secretariat.