All Second Career Assistance Network (SCAN) seminars are postponed at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. If you are planning your post military career, here are some things you can be doing now for your transition to civilian life:


Research a construction trade within Canada’s 14 construction union families, employment opportunities for your new location, and other careers such as; Adm, finance, security, designer, planners etc…


List construction-related courses you are missing to move forward, ex. occupational health and safety courses, inc Pandemic Awareness (free).. Some courses can be taken online now, ex. WHMIS


Ensure you have your MPRR up to date and any written confirmation of successful courses.Ensure you file for pension, any owed benefits, and start any VAC claims.


Prepare your resume and have an electronic copy. Go to My Skills & Education Translator (MySET) and search and translate any civilian terms for your c.v.

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Career seekers

Have you served in the military and want to work in the construction industry, including security, planning, schedulers and administration? Regular, Reserve Force, Veterans, Spouses and Children ages 18-25 are all welcome. You can apply while serving, transitioning or after your release.

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Helmets to Hardhats Canada
is a registered not for profit organization providing all-inclusive opportunities in the building trades for former military, transitioning and those serving either with the Regular or Reserve Forces, their spouses and dependent children from 18 to 25 years old.

Our participating stakeholders include contractors, owners/employers, building trade unions and their locals who provide construction and industry-related careers, training, and apprenticeships with industry leading benefits in support of Canada’s military and their families.

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Employers & Owners

Do you want to hire an employee with a military background? Helmets to Hardhats is a great way to gain valuable employees and support the troops and their families as they transition to civilian life. As a registered employer, you can post any position within your organization and view resumes geared to your industry.

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Our Mission

Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) is a registered not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting veterans who are transitioning from military service, and active reservists, into well paid, highly-skilled second careers in construction and related industries.

In partnership with construction trade unions, governments and industry, H2H streamlines the pathways to apprenticeship, advanced training and career placement opportunities in the construction industry with registered employers who support the men and women who have served our country.

Our Vision

Helmets to Hardhats aims to harness the valuable skillsets — dedication, loyalty, leadership and teamwork — that veterans and reservists gain through their military experience and transfer those assets into second careers in the skilled trades to the mutual benefit of Canada’s unionized construction industries along with the veterans and reservists themselves.

Partnering with Canada’s unionized apprenticeship and training systems along with the fairest and safest employers in the construction industry, our goal is to build lasting connections between veterans and reservists seeking rewarding second careers in Canada’s highly skilled construction and related industries and employers in those trades.

Current Contributors to Helmets to Hardhats

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Government of Canada
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Government of Ontario

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Boilermakers Canada
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Ontario Carpenters
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United Association Canada
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Quality Control Council of Canada
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IFSTC Ontario
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Ontario Construction Secretariat
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Building Trades Unions
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Boilermakers Contractors Association of Ontario
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Electrical Power Systems Construction Association, Ontario
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Workforce Development Fund
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Teamsters Canada

Past Contributors to Helmets to Hardhats
TransCanada Pipelines Ltd
Bruce Power
Government of New Brunswick
Government of Alberta
Government of Ontario (MCTU)

Via Rail Canada is the official transport of Helmets to Hardhats