Ontario construction workers who have experience in a voluntary trade but who do not hold a certificate, may work anywhere in Quebec for their Ontario employer. Before they do so, they must have their experience and qualifications evaluated by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU); obtain a Trade Activity Card from the Jobs Protection Office (JPO) of the Ministry of Labour (MOL); and, go to the Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) to select a trade union and obtain a card identifying that union.

Access to construction jobs in Quebec: Trade activity cards

This fact sheet is for Ontario workers who:

  • are not certified in a voluntary trade in Ontario (voluntary trades in Ontario are listed in Attachment 1)
  • have work experience and are skilled in one or more activities of a construction trade (see Attachment 2 for a list of applicable activities of construction trades), and
  • want to work in Quebec for an Ontario contractor.

Ontario workers who meet the above criteria must do the following before they can work in Quebec for an Ontario contractor:

1. Apply to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for an assessment of their skills to work in a particular trade activity.

The application for assessment must include proof of the worker's skills or experience, such as:

  • completion of the appropriate section of a checklist "Attestation of Competencies," or
  • completion of required competencies in the Training Standards book, or
  • completion of the number of hours required for the trade activity, if appropriate, as set out in the Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act or the Apprenticeship and Certification Act, or
  • other forms of evidence that may be required by MTCU.

MTCU will then issue a letter of confirmation to workers who meet the requirements to work in a particular trade activity.

2. Present the letter of confirmation to the Jobs Protection Office. Fill out a registration form and provide the following documentation:

  • identification
  • recent pay stub, T4 slip or Notice of Assessment
  • proof of completion of a health and safety course.

The JPO will then issue a Trade Activity Card.

3. Present the Trade Activity Card to the CCQ and select one of the trade unions representing workers in Quebec's construction industry.

The CCQ will issue a card identifying the union chosen by the worker.

Ontario workers must carry both the Trade Activity Card and the CCQ card with them at all times when working in Quebec.

For the purpose of working in Quebec, an Ontario worker with a Trade Activity Card is recognized as a journeyperson.

For further information

For general assistance or information, contact:

Jobs Protection Office of the Ministry of Labour
347 Preston Street, 4th Floor, Suite 430
Ottawa, Ontario K1S 3J4

Tel: 613-288-3847
Toll-free: 1-888-998-9959
Fax: 613-727-2900
E-mail: Oqconstruction@ontario.ca

This fact sheet is provided for your information and convenience only. It is not a legal document. For further information contact the Jobs Protection Office of the Ministry of Labour.

Attachment 1: Voluntary trades in Ontario

Certification or registration as an apprentice is not required in order to work in Ontario in any of the trades listed below.

Voluntary trades in Ontario
NumberOntario titleInterprovincial (IP) Red Seal title
1Brick and stone mason / Briqueteur-MaçonBricklayer / Briqueteur-Maçon
Ontario: IP only
2Insulator – (heat and frost) / Poseur de matériaux isolantsNot applicable (N/A)
3Terrazzo, tile and marble craft / Métier de carrelageN/A
4General carpenter / Charpentier-menuisier GénéralCarpenter / Charpentier
Ontario: IP only
5Construction Boilermaker / Chaudronnier de constructionBoilermaker / Chaudronnier
Ontario: IP only
6Cement mason (includes cement finisher) / Cimentier (y compris le finisseur de béton)N/A
7Roofer / CouvreurRoofer / Couvreur
Ontario: IP only
8Reinforcing rodworker / Monteur de barres d'armatureN/A
9Construction Millwright / Mécanicien – monteur de constructionIndustrial mechanic (millwright) / Mécanicien industriel (de chantier)
10Heavy duty equipment mechanic / Mécanicien d'équipement lourdHeavy duty equipment Technician / Technician d'équipement lourd
Ontario: IP only
11Sprinkler and fire protection installer / Installateur de systèmes de protection contre les incendiesSprinkler system installer / Poseur de gicleurs
Ontario: IP only
12Ironworker / FerronierN/A
Ontario: IP only as ironworker
13Painter decorator (commercial and residential) / Peintre-décorateur – secteur commercial et résidentielPainter and decorator / Peintre et décorateur
Ontario: IP only
14Drywall finisher and plasterer / Finisseur de murs secs et plâtrierN/A
15Floor covering installer / Installateur de revêtements de solFloor covering installer / Poseur de revêtements souples
Ontario: IP only
16Lather (Drywall, acoustic and lathing applicator) / Poseur de lattesN/A
Ontario: IP only
17Ironworker / Ferronier
(Note: Ontario trade is not divided into 2 branches)
18Glazier and Metal Mechanic / Vitrier et mécanicien des métaux Glazier / Vitrier (Ontario only)
Ontario: IP only
19Excavator operator-Branch 2 of Heavy equipment operator / Opérateur d'excavatrice-Division 2 d'opérateur d'équipement lourdN/A

Attachment 2: Activities of trades

In addition to recognizing activities of trades listed in "Annexe C" of Règlement sur la formation professionnelle de la main-d'oeuvre dans l'industrie de la construction [R-20, r. 6.2], Quebec will recognize an Ontario Trade Activity Card for the following activities of trades:

1. Trades with activities that are part of the carpentry trade as well as being stand-alone trades

Drywall, Acoustic and Lathing Applicator: (Part of carpentry – interior finishing)

  • Installation of drywall
  • Installation of lath
  • Installation of thermal and sound insulation

Floor Covering Installer: (Part of carpentry – parquet flooring)

  • Installation and repair of carpet & pads
  • Installation and repair of wood floors

General Carpenter:

  • Framing
  • Building stairs

Glazier: (Part of carpentry for most activities excluding curtain walls)

  • Installation of curtain wall systems

Roofer: (Part of carpentry: framing – installation of trusses, dormers, roof coverings)

  • Retrofit, repair and resurface
  • Installation of single-ply roofing

Taper and Plasterer: (Part of carpentry: interior finishing)

  • Installation of cornices (hand-made or pre-fab) and ornamental plaster moulds

2. Trades with some activities in Schedule "C" of R-20

Painter and Decorator:

  • Brush and roll painting
  • Spray painting surfaces
  • Hanging wall coverings

3. Trades with no activities in Schedule "C"

Brick and Stone Mason:

  • Laying of concrete blocks
  • Building/repairing chimneys
  • Building/repairing fireplaces
  • Installation of prefabricated masonry panels

Cement Mason:

  • Concrete finishing
  • Waterproofing & restoration prep work

Cement Finisher or Bricklayer:

  • Grouting
  • Sandblasting

Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Craft:

  • Installation of tiles
  • Installation of terrazzo
  • Installation of marble and granite indoor

Heavy Equipment Operator:

  • Tractor loader Backhoe Operator
  • Dozer operator

Note: Activities of trades listed above may be part of a different trade in Quebec.

4. Schedule "C" of R-20, Activities of Trades


  • Forms
  • Installation of doors and windows
  • Parquet flooring
  • Installation of prefabricated coverings
  • Installation of cupboards and other workshop prepared or manufactured items
  • Installation of gypsum board
  • Installation of piles


  • Installation of gutters
  • Installation of prefabricated coverings


  • Pointing and filling joints (gypsum board)


  • Pointing and filling joints (gypsum board)

Interior Systems Installer:

  • Installation of gypsum board