Apprenticeships We Offer in Ontario

We provide first class apprenticeship training that will help you launch your career.



Glaziers cut, fit, and install glass for construction glass installation contractors, retail service and repair shops, and glass fabrication shops.

Commercial Painter & Decorator

Commercial Painter & Decorator

Commercial Painters and Decorators apply decorative and protective finishes in residential, commercial and institutional settings.

Industrial Painter

Industrial Painter

Industrial Painters prepare and apply the appropriate corrosion protection coatings for new or existing steel structures, such as bridges, sport stadiums, wind turbins, and high-rise offices.

Apprentices in the finishing trades make excellent wages and benefits, and are in demand!

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How to Start an Apprenticeship in Ontario

For general information on starting an apprenticeship and financial incentives or benefits available go to the Province of Ontario website at

Contact the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) to explore apprenticeship possibilities at (416) 630-9604.

Learn more about your career options with the IUPAT.


For the specific trades the FTI Ontario provides training for, the minimum prerequisites are:

  • Grade 10 education or equivalency as recognized in Ontario
  • Have the capacity to understand and perform the trade mathematics, trade English language, and other trade related technical academic skills
  • Possess appropriate hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity
  • Be physically fit to work in construction
  • A strong commitment to complete the Apprenticeship program
  • Successfully complete the application process, including an in-person suitability interview
  • Possess a valid driver’s license or be eligible to obtain one
  • Must have legal permission to work in Canada (i.e. have a valid Social Insurance Number)


  1. The IUPAT is looking for motivated, reliable, hard working team players who recognize the benefits that working in a Unionized Trade in Ontario can bring.
  2. Employment in the construction trades in Ontario can have slow and busy periods.  Employment is driven by the demands of the industry.
  3. A deposit for Union initiation fee and Skilled Trades Ontario (STO) membership will be collected for selected candidates for apprenticeship.  This money will be used for your Union initiation fee and STO membership once you join the IUPAT.
  4. All apprenticeship and Health & Safety training is provided FREE to members of the IUPAT.


Trades Math Workbook (PDF)

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