About the Ellis Chart

The Ellis Chart website is a key trades resource for governments, industry and educational institutions. It provides detailed comparative data on 400 designated trades in Canada. This includes all Red Seal trades.

What is it?

The Ellis Chart is a tool to help researchers compare apprentice training programs across Canada. It is the only detailed interprovincial overview of the Canada’s 13 apprenticeship systems.

Key Features of the Ellis Chart

The Ellis Chart includes the following information.

Maintaining the Ellis Chart

The Ellis Chart is produced by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) in partnership with the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship (CCDA).


The Ellis Chart was formed after the first committee of provincial and territorial apprenticeship directors met in 1952. The committee met to compare training programs and discuss mutual recognition of certificates. But this was very difficult due to the many differences across the country.

Apprenticeship programs had been formalized in each province and territory at various times in Canadian history. The result: separate and often different systems of training and certification.

Frank Ellis, then Director of Apprenticeship for Saskatchewan, sought a solution for the committee. He developed a detailed table that made it possible to compare provincial and territorial programs. Over the years, he continued to update his table to incorporate changes and new programs. This became known as the Ellis Chart and the federal government has been responsible for updating and publishing the table since 1972, when Ellis retired.

Today the Ellis Chart is online and outlines the training programs for 400 trades. The chart is updated each year with the assistance of the CCDA.

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