Workforce Development Program

In partnership with the Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec Building Trades Council, OCBN is pleased to announce a new workforce development program launching in August 2024.  The program aims to provide opportunities for tenants of affordable housing and other community groups to obtain industry recognized certifications that will support the early stages of construction sector skilled trades readiness.  



  • 18 years old, or older
  • Minimum grade 10; grade 12 required for most trades 
  • Applicants from Black, Indigenous, and equity-deserving communities are strongly encouraged to apply

Program Details

As a starting point, potential candidates are encouraged to visit Build Your Skills – Construction Training & Apprenticeship Ontario (CTAO) website to build a profile to review and build essential construction trades math by starting the Math I and Math II courses.  Participants can also learn more about each of the construction trades available in the Ottawa region.


The OCBN is grateful for the funding support from the City of Ottawa’s Community Economic Development fund and for Lafarge Canada‘s sponsorship that will provide hardhats and safety glasses for this initiative. 


Please note the order of the dates may vary depending on instructor availability 

Information Session Details

  • July 11th: 11 am -12 noon @ 150 Gloucester (Operation Come Home)
  • July 14th: 9 am – 1 pm @ Elgin Street Market, Boushey Square at Elgin & Waverley
  • July 27 9am – 1pm – Beechwood Market, 203 Stanley Ave., New Edinburgh Park
  • July 30th: 6 pm – 7 pm @ The Haven, 435 Verona Ave (Multifaith Housing Initiative)
  • August 7th: 7 pm – 8 pm @ 464 Metcalfe Ave Beaver Barracks (CCOC)

Training Dates

1. August 12-16

August 12-15 

Where: IHSA  @ 2515 St. Laurent Blvd

August 16

Onsite with OCHC – Ottawa Community Housing 

2. August 26-30

August 26-29 

Where: IHSA @ 2515 St. Laurent Blvd

August 30

Onsite with OCHC – Ottawa Community Housing 

3. October – TBD