The Skills Canada National Competition is an ideal way for tomorrow’s workforce to discover new and exciting careers. The Skills Canada National Competition is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country. Each year, more than 550 competitors from all regions of Canada come to SCNC to participate in over 40 skilled trade and technology competitions.
At SCNC, thousands of students visit the competition floor and discover the exciting and rewarding careers that are available in the skilled trades and technologies through interactive Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities, by visiting exhibitor booths, and engaging with industry professionals. Join us in #CreatingPossibilities for our country’s youth. School registrations are open and bus subsidies are available! Sign up your class!
This year, Skills/Compétences Canada is bringing three new initiatives to SCNC!
First, we will be hosting a NEW! Skills Symposium where industry, government and education will have the opportunity to meet, exchange and share knowledge. This year’s theme is: Embracing Adaptability: Navigating Change in the Skilled Trades and Technologies. Some of the topics that will be presented include engaging diverse communities, recruiting and retention, sustainability and so much more! Register here.
Second, the NEW! Skills Showcasefeaturing First Nations, Inuit and Métis Skills. This showcase will allow thousands of visitors to explore First Nations, Inuit, and Métis skills by taking part in activities such as flat stitch beading, soapstone carving, building mini tipis, and constructing Inuit yo-yos! See how these skills align with different competition areas seen at the Skills Canada National Competition, such as fashion technology and carpentry. Learn more.
And lastly, the NEW! Empowering Women in Trades initiative will bring together industry partners to show young women the incredible careers that are available in the skilled trades. Learn more.
Some of the highlights for SCNC 2023 include:
Free event: open to the public and registered school visitors on competition days (May 25 and 26)
Over 550 competitors participating in 45 competitions representing six sectors: Construction, Employment, Information Technology, Manufacturing & Engineering, Services, and Transportation
Over 50 Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities for visitors to learn and experience careers in the skilled trades and technologies
Approximately 10,000 student visitors
Skills for Success activities highlighting this year’s theme: Adaptability
NEW! Skills Showcase featuring First Nations, Inuit, and Métis skills
NEW! Skills Symposium attended by national and provincial industry partners, labour and government stakeholders and educators
NEW! Empowering Women in Trades initiative highlighting opportunities in the skilled trades
Various initiatives targeted at underserviced groups such persons with disabilities, First Nations, Inuit, and Métis, new Canadians, women and the 2SLGBTQIA+ communities
Exhibitor and industry professionals’ booths
A high energy Opening and Closing Ceremony that celebrates youth and excellence in skilled trade and technology occupations (May 24 and 27). Tickets available for purchase.
Industry celebrity attendance and participation.
We hope that you will join us in Winnipeg, Manitoba, for these impactful events. Stay tuned throughout the year for more information on SCNC 2023 Winnipeg. #SCNC2023
Canada’s best talent in skilled trades and technologies gather to compete in:
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning
Mechanical Engineering CAD
IT Network Systems Administration
Graphic Design Technology
IT Office Software Applications
Sheet Metal Work
Heavy Vehicle Technology
3D Digital Game Art
Architectural Technology & Design
Outdoor Power and Recreation Equipment
Job Skill Demonstration
3D Character Computer Animation
2D Character Computer Animation
Click here for the list of our partners who support this event
RBC Best of Region Award
This Best of Region award is a medal awarded to one competitor from each province and territory during the competition’s Closing Ceremonies. This prestigious award is a testament to the skill and knowledge of its recipient. The RBC Best of Region Award is given to the competitor with the best weighted score from each province and territory.
Gene Haas Foundation Award – CNC Machining and Precision Machining
Gene Haas Foundation is offering cash awards to CNC Machining and Precision Machining competitors who receive bronze, silver, or gold medals at the 2023 Skills Canada National Competition. These awards start at $1,350 and are available to both Secondary and Post-Secondary competitors!
Messer Canada Inc. Award – Welding
A hand painted ClearVIEW OHE550D digital welding helmet will be awarded to the gold medalist in Welding. This applies to the Post-Secondary competition category only.
Southwire Award – Electrical Installations
A Southwire tool backpack which includes a large selection of top selling and innovative tools and meters, and a PROBAGBP backpack with a Tools catalog, will be awarded to the gold medalist in Electrical Installations. This applies to the Post-Secondary competition category only.
American Standard Awards - Plumbing
The gold medalist will win an American Standard Bathroom Suite, complete with a stylish shower trim kit, innovative Flash Rough in valve, a high-quality toilet, a sleek bath faucet, and accessories for a perfect finishing touch. The silver medalist will win an American Standard Bathroom Suite, complete with a stylish shower trim kit, innovative Flash Rough in valve, and a sleek bath faucet. The bronze medalist will win an American Standard shower trim kit and innovative Flash rough in valve. Each award is for the Post-Secondary competition category only.
CWB Welding Foundation Awards – Welding
A CWB Welding Foundation swag bag will be delivered to all secondary and post-secondary finalists. Post-secondary medal winners will receive a welding jacket, and the gold medal winner will be profiled in CWB Group’s national industry publication, WELD.
Volunteer opportunities are available for the 2023 Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC)! Various dates and times are available between May 23 to 27. Please note that pre-registration is required as we will be unable to accept volunteers on-site at the event. For general information on volunteering at the SCNC 2023, see our volunteer handbook.
TYPES OF VOLUNTEERS: GENERAL OR SPECIFIC SKILL AREA SUPPORT
Assist with set-up and tear down of general areas or in a specific skill area
Assist during competition days in general areas or in a specific skill area
Assist with transportation
Direct people to various events
Assist with the school group management
Assist at the registration desk
Assist our onsite videographers
*Pre-requisite required, see job descriptions. See job description online when you click on the ‘register here’ link.
School Field Trips
Skills/Compétences Canada invites students and youth groups to spend an unforgettable day discovering careers in skilled trades and technologies at the Skills Canada National Competition. Transportation subsidies are available!
Closing ceremony tickets can be purchased at a cost of $50.00. Please come to the registration desk situated on the 1st floor of the RBC Centre.
The Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) 2023 Live Stream Returns! Bringing SCNC2023 to your classroom virtually on May 25 and 26
We’re excited to offer live-streamed content during the Skills Canada National Competition (SCNC) for a second consecutive year! We will be LIVE from Winnipeg, Manitoba at the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country!
Why should you tune into SCNC2023 with your class?
To explore rewarding careers that your students might not know about.
To hear from industry experts and what skill trades can offer.
To inspire your students to be part of the next generation of SCNC competitors!
What can you expect on the SCNC2023 live stream?
Dynamic event coverage with bilingual hosts.
Live footage of the nation’s best, competing in 45 skills competitions representing six sectors: Construction, Employment, Information Technology, Manufacturing & Engineering, Services and Transportation.
Interviews with industry experts, policymakers, Skills Canada Alumni and other stakeholders.