Electrical Pathway 353 Program

Electrical Pathway 353 Program

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The Pathway is a free electrical apprenticeship program for women and anyone identifying as female, two spirit, non-binary or other non-cis gendered persons with a welcoming focus on Indigenous and racialized and newcomer workers.

This EMPLOYMENT ONTARIO program is funded by the Government of Ontario. Additional support is provided by the IBEW 353 and community partners The Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario, Workforce Warriors, YWCA Toronto, and The Career Foundation.

“When you have a job as an electrician, you can earn over $50 an hour, with the opportunity to work anywhere in our province and even start your own business,” said Monte McNaughton, Minister of Labour, Training and Skills Development. “Our government is proud to support this IBEW program, which will get more people into these live-changing careers.”

The Pathway Program

15 Weeks Skills Training

Foundational skills assessment, success planning, electrical theory and trade skills for job placement readiness.

10 Weeks Job Placement

Pre apprentice job site employment with contractors affiliated with the IBEW.

Support Through the Program

Health and safety training, hand tools and ongoing mentor support provided. While success cannot be guaranteed, the program is designed to support participants with introductory electrical trade related skills to optimize their opportunity for success when applying for electrical apprenticeship through the Electrical Apprentice Training Alliance (EATA).


  • You must be eligible to work in Canada (Canadian Citizen OR Permanent Resident).
  • The 2022 Pathway is for women, and anyone identifying as female, two spirit, non-binary or other non-cis gendered persons with a welcoming focus on Indigenous, racialized, and newcomer workers.
  • Participants are expected to meet the physical demands of working in the electrical trade such as lifting, carrying, climbing, standing, manual dexterity, etc. Program staff will collaboratively work with participants requiring workplace accommodations to overcome barriers, such as fear of heights, to enable success in the program.
  • Participants must have Grade 12 English, Math and Physics. Those without the required credits may be conditionally accepted.

What is the cost?

The program is free for accepted participants.

Will participants receive financial aid?

Participants will receive $50 per day attended during the 15 weeks of training, and pre apprentice wages during the 10 weeks of job placement. There may be further support available pending assessment.

Where does the training take place?

The 15 weeks of training will be at the IBEW 353 Training Centre 1001 Ritson Road South, Oshawa ON. Transportation from Oshawa GO station and other GTA locations may be available by special arrangement.

Where will the job placements be?

Participant job placements may be throughout the GTA and Southern Ontario where IBEW 353 members work. The Pathway staff will work to find appropriate job placement locations where possible.


Visit http://electricpathway353.ca/ for more details and to apply

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