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Welcoming Communities: Skilled Trades Expo

Every year, our Welcoming Communities (Newcomer Services) program hosts a Skilled Trades Expo for over 150 secondary students.

The Passport to Career Success event gives new Canadians an opportunity to experience hands-on activities and hear from professionals in the construction sector and other skilled trades.

Students roll up their sleeves, sharpened their creative skills, and discuss continuing education and career paths.

By helping students learn about careers in the skilled trades, we create opportunities for a better future and easier settlement into Canadian society.

Huge thank you to our partners and skilled professionals who participated in this years event:

Maintenance and Construction Skilled Trades Council – MCSTC
Blackwell Structural Engineers
Toronto Society of Architects – TSA
by Peter and Pauls Hospitality & Entertainment Group
College of Carpenters  and Allied Trades & Carpenters Local 27
Finishing Trades Institute of Ontario
TDSB Studio 500 Hairstylist Apprenticeship
Seneca College Student Recruitment and Liaison
Humber College School of Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism
TDSB OYAP Secondary Pathways
George Brown College Liaison & Recruitment 



TDSB Newcomer Services – Welcoming Communities is a structured mentorship program for new Canadian students in TDSB elementary schools, middle schools and secondary schools.

Working alongside our program staff, and a peer helper, newcomer students participate in a variety of group activities designed to help ease some of the transitional challenges faced when settling into Canadian culture.

Activities may include: homework clubs, English conversation circles, sports and recreational activities, table tennis lessons, a reading buddy program, steel pan drums lessons, field trips, and a culturally-based culinary program.

For more information see the Newcomer Services Facilitator at your school, call 416.393.0288, visit our website, or email us at

Operated by TDSB Community Services.


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