Building Careers for the Canadian Military Community

Helmets to Hardhats Canada

Serving Veterans and the military community every day, all year long

Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) Canada is a registered non-profit organization providing opportunities in the unionized construction industry for serving, transitioning and former military members. H2H works with the community of Building Trades Unions and Employers to ensure registrants receive only the best industry wages, benefits and pension plans. H2H is recognized as a leading service provider by Canadian Armed Forces, Veterans Affairs Canada, and Canada’s 14 Building Trade Unions along with leading industry Business Owners.

Our Mission

The mission of Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) is to support Veterans, reservists, senior cadets, military family members and Afghan Nationals with an enduring relationship to Canada in finding a meaningful second career in the unionized construction industry. H2H builds civilian careers for the military community by simplifying and expediting the process for Veterans to continue serving their communities, this time, through the skilled trades and apprenticeship opportunities.

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Military community eligible for Helmets to Hardhats Canada

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All CAF members & immediate family

Cadets & Junior Canadian Rangers aged 16-19

Afghan Nationals with an enduring relationship to Canada

Value added by a Veteran; H2H Success Stories

Andrew Gorman, Owner Icon Survey Group, tells his success story of transitioning from the military to owning his own company and helping others into the building trades through Helmets to Hardhats.

Shawn Meikle, Journeyman Millwright, shares his successful experience registering with Helmets to Hardhats and gaining a secure civilian career while continuing to serve as a Reservist.

Brent Dewell, 2nd Term Apprentice Carpenter working for Butcon Construction and serving with 32 CER (Combat Engineer Regiment), explains why joining the Carpenters Union is a great career move for Veterans.



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Our current contributors

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CBTU logo
COCA logo
EPSCA logo
IFSTC logo
IUEC logo
IUPAT logo
QCCC logo
Teamsters Canada logo
Trimark logo
UA logo
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Our valued supporters

Millwrights logo
OPG logo
Suncor logo
Hydro One logo
Bruce Power logo
CAPEI logo
CBO logo
Syncrude logo
Irving logo
Fanshawe logo
TC Energy logo
OCUC logo
Johnson Controls logo

Want to donate to Helmets to Hardhats?

We accept cheques payable to "Helmets to Hardhats Canada".
Please contact the H2H administrator at 1-855-238-9707 or at for Interac e-Transfer details.


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Phone (613) 238-2300
Toll-free: (855) 238-9707

72 Chamberlain Avenue
Ottawa, ON K1S 1V9

Hours of Operation
1000 - 1700h EST