Serving Canada's military community

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Register How H2H works

"Helmets to Hardhats really came thru with course availability, gear and the connections into the trades who are looking for hard working, disciplined workers."

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
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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Heat & Frost Insulator

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Heat and frost insulators apply insulation materials to plumbing, air-handling, heating, cooling and refrigeration systems, piping equipment and pressure vessels, and walls, floors and ceilings of buildings and other structures to prevent or reduce the passage of heat, cold, sound or fire. Heat and frost insulators’ duties may include the following:

  • reading and interpreting specifications and selecting appropriate insulation
  • measuring, cutting, applying and securing insulating material
  • installing vapour barriers
  • applying waterproofing cement over insulating materials
  • removing insulation from buildings

Heat and frost insulators work mainly in industrial, commercial and institutional construction.

Fast Track

Equivalencies for Insulator trade available (based on experience & courses) for MOS ID:
  • 00379 Marine Technician

Earn while you Learn

Apprenticeship training programs for heat and frost insulators vary across Canada, but generally involve four 12-month periods, including at least 5,650 hours of on-the-job training, three eight-week blocks of technical training and a final certificate exam.

Related work experience or completion of a heat and frost insulator program at a college or technical institute can reduce the time required to complete your apprenticeship.

More information about Heat and Frost Insulator can be found here

The International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers

Become an apprentice

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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

For more information please visit their website at



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Canadian Base Operators


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Helmets to Hardhats Canada is a registered not for profit organization providing opportunities in the building trades for the serving, transitioning and former military community. © 2022 All rights reserved by Helmets to Hardhats Canada