This unique program provides people who have a history of addiction and/or mental health issues with the opportunity to receive training and employment in the construction industry. The Construction Craft Worker Foundations program is designed for students who see work as part of their recovery process. The goal of this program is to help people with barriers to training and employment take the first steps towards a job in Toronto’s construction industry.

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Program name
Construction Craft Worker Foundations
Experiential learning
Program includes classroom and construction lab instruction, 160 hours of work placement, and workshops.
18 weeks
Starting month
Ontario College Certificate
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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2020 N/A
Jan. 2021 N/A
May 2021 April
International students
This program is currently only available to domestic students.

Full Description


Augmented Education is a training and employment support model developed by George Brown College and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). The Construction Craft Worker Foundations program is one of two Augmented Education programs currently offered at George Brown College.

The goal of the program is to help people with a history of mental illness and/or addiction take the first steps toward a job in Toronto’s construction industry. There are no fees for this program.

This innovative program includes classroom and construction lab instruction, 160 hours of work placement, and workshops.

Class and construction lab time is approximately 30 to 35 hours per week, with support and tutoring available from program coaches.

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Experiential Learning

Program includes classroom and construction lab instruction, 160 hours of work placement, and workshops.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Select, use and operate safely the tools and equipment used by construction craft workers and carpenters, masons, brick layers and other construction related trades.
  2. Select and apply appropriate material types for use in new residential/commercial construction and renovation.
  3. Interpret and apply relevant information in the Ontario Building Code and Occupational Health and Safety Act regulations for Construction Projects (CSAO) as they relate to construction craft worker duties and the construction industry in general.
  4. Identify unsafe conditions and take appropriate action on a job site.
  5. Interpret and visualize a finished project from an orthographical projected drawing.
  6. Apply construction processes to residential/commercial construction and common types of renovations.
  7. Solve construction-related problems using appropriate techniques in a variety of construction situations.
  8. Select, use and operate appropriate welding equipment (and gas) in order to exhibit proper metal cutting techniques and procedures.
  9. Apply basic emergency scene management and administer basic first aid needs on job work site.

Required Courses

semester courses
CodeCourse name
BLDG1058Plans, Specifications and Calculations
BLDG1059Construction Site Safety, Tools and Equipment
BLDG1061Construction Site Works
BLDG1062Industry Practicum
COUN1033Field Integration
FAID1003Standard First Aid
MATH1100Foundation Math for Building Technologies
MATH1109Mathematics for Building Technologies
WELD1005Metal Cutting
BLDG1060Concrete Work, Scaffolding and Hoisting

Detailed course outlines

Your Career

Successful participants will be qualified for entry-level construction industry jobs such as:

  • Construction Labourer
  • Carpentry Helper
  • Masonry Helper
  • Cement Finishing Helper
  • Demolition Worker

Participants will also be qualified to work in many other areas in the building trades, including the potential to work in the retail area of the construction sector.


This program is free for participants.

Financial Assistance

This program is not eligible for OSAP funding.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent
  • Mental Health and/or Addictions History
  • Mature student status (19 years of age or older)

Intake process involves all of the following:

  1. Application completion
  2. Academic assessment
  3. Skills assessment
  4. Interview

Course Exemptions

Due to the nature of this employment-focused program, it is only offered in block format and as such cannot accommodate course exemptions. Please visit for more information.

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Contact Augmented Education | 416-415-5000 x 6790 |

How Do I Apply to the Program

For an application package, call the Augmented Education office at 416-415-5000, ext. 6790 or email a request to

Pour des services en français, veuillez communiquer avec nous au 416-415-5000, poste 3111 ou par courriel à

Success Stories

Here's what two Construction Craft Worker Foundations students said about their experiences in the program:

“I began a four-year journey into deep, dark depression. It was finally determined that I was suffering from bipolar disorder. After a few years I was able to consider returning to work and I knew I would need new skills to re-enter the workforce competitively. I entered the Construction Craft Worker Foundations program in April and it was everything I had hoped for and more. The subjects were useful and interesting. The quality of education was excellent and the labs were well equipped. It was fun! And I was learning new skills every day. I discovered strengths in myself I didn’t know I had. I acquired a deep desire to succeed and received tremendous support from the teaching staff. My life has changed in countless ways. I am now employed full-time and for that I thank the Construction Craft Worker Foundations program.”

“It was fate that led me to CAMH where I was made aware of the Construction Craft Worker Foundations program. As a last desperate attempt at finding some purpose in my life, I applied and was accepted. I learned new skills and attained some certifications. These gave me a value I had not experienced before. My self-esteem began to grow. It made me determined to succeed. The instructors were very patient and willing to take the time to make sure I understood what was being taught. They always went the extra mile to make sure I had the skills to be competitive in the job market. My life is now moving onward. I have more opportunity and confidence. I can now see a positive and exciting future.”

Contact Us

For more information or to receive an application package, contact the Augmented Education program office at 416-415-5000, ext. 6790, or send an email request to

Pour des services en français, veuillez communiquer avec nous au 416-415-5000, poste 3111 ou par courriel à

For more information about George Brown College, call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

Visit Our Campus

Thinking about attending George Brown? The Construction Craft Worker Foundations program is taught mainly at our Casa Loma Campus at 160 Kendal Ave., Toronto, Ontario.

Information sessions for the Construction Craft Worker Foundations program are held regularly. Sign up!

Book a general campus tour to see the common areas of the campus (i.e. cafeteria, student services, the gym, etc.). Choose "Work and College Preparation" as your area of interest.

You can also explore our virtual tour.

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