Serving Canada's military community

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" My experience with H2H was extremely positive...Now I'll be able to provide for my family in a much better way. I'm very pleased, and I hope other CAF members will take advantage of the program. "

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.

Military Community eligible for
Helmets to Hardhats Canada
Regular Force & Family
Primary Reserves & Family
Canadian Rangers
Senior Army, Sea & Air Cadets CIC & COATS
Afghan Interpreters


The mission of Helmets to Hardhats (H2H) is to support Veterans, reservists, senior cadets, military family members and Afghan interpreters 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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Our Vision

The vision for Helmets to Hardhats is to transition as many Veterans, reservists, senior cadets, family members and Afghan interpreters into successful second careers in the unionized construction industry, while simultaneously filling Canada’s labour market shortages. We envision Canada’s Veterans continuing to contribute to our growing communities across the country.

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Sheet Metal Worker

Consider a civilian career as a Sheet Metal Worker. Sheet metal workers fabricate, assemble, install and repair sheet metal products – from furnaces and ventilating systems to all sheet metal products used in the construction industry.

Duties may include the following:

  • Building and installing products such as eavestroughs, air and heat ducts, roof decking and sheet metal buildings
  • Laying out, measuring and marking sheet metal
  • Welding sheet metal parts
  • Polishing seams, joints and rough surfaces
  • Reading and interpreting sketches and work specifications
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Fast Track

Equivalencies available (based on experience & courses) for MOS ID:
  • 00134 Material Technician
  • 00138 Aircraft Structures Technician

Earn while you Learn

Apprenticeship involves both classroom studies and on-the-job training under the supervision of a certified Sheet Metal Worker, called a journeyperson. As an apprentice, you earn while you learn and are paid by the hour while working on the job site. Wages start at about 50 per cent of a journeyperson’s hourly rate and increase during your apprenticeship until you reach the journeyperson rate.

Apprenticeship training programs for sheet metal workers vary across Canada, but generally involve four 12-month periods, including at least 5,700 hours of on-the-job training, four 10-week blocks of technical training and a final certificate exam.

Certification is required in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec. To be certified as a Sheet Metal Worker, you usually need to complete a four-year apprenticeship program. Once you successfully complete the required on-the-job training, technical training and exams, you are awarded a journeyperson certificate.

As a certified Sheet Metal Worker, you may write the Interprovincial Exam to qualify for the Interprovincial Standards’ Red Seal. With a Red Seal, you can work as a Sheet Metal Worker anywhere in Canada.

More information about Sheet Metal Workers can be found here
Sheet Metal Workers' International Association
Apprenticeship (Ontario)

Featured Employer


BWXT Canada Ltd. (BWXT Canada) has over 60 years of expertise and experience in the design, manufacturing, commissioning and service of nuclear power generation equipment. This includes steam generators, nuclear fuel and fuel components, critical plant components, parts and related plant services. BWXT Canada’s sister company, BWXT Medical Ltd. (BWXT Medical) provides its customers, who conduct life-saving medical procedures for patients around the world, the benefit of decades of experience in the development, manufacturing, packaging and delivery of medical isotopes and radiopharmaceuticals. Headquartered in Cambridge, Ontario, BWXT in Canada has approximately 1,600 employees at locations in Cambridge, Peterborough, Toronto, Arnprior, Pickering, Port Elgin, Owen Sound, Kanata and Oakville, Ontario and Vancouver, British Columbia. BWXT Canada is a subsidiary of BWX Technologies, Inc.


As a supplier of over 305 CANDU and pressurized water reactor steam generators worldwide, as well as other major plant components and fuel, BWXT has the knowledge and expertise to develop innovative solutions for all areas of plant operations from the nuclear reactor itself to conventional systems, replacement reactor vessel closure heads, pressurizers, primary piping, critical heat exchangers, and spent fuel storage.
BWXT services can be provided in a variety of ways through staff augmentation, specific scope projects or on a turnkey basis.
When commercially available systems are not adequate to meet current challenges for the nuclear industry, BWXT develops the services, techniques and equipment needed to address or correct the problem

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