The Construction Industry is diverse and offers the opportunity to participate in all kinds of projects such as office buildings, plants, schools, roads, hydroelectric dams, hospitals, churches, houses and tunnels. Large or small, the projects are managed, budgeted for, planned and built carefully and capably by people with the ingenuity, skill and education to create.

The Construction SHSM gives students an opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications, and plan a career pathway in various areas of the Construction sector while still in high school. The SHSM Program has a number of required components, designed to give students a “leg-up” to pursue post-secondary opportunities in each of the identified sectors, valuing apprenticeship, college, university and work.

This major is offered at :

Monsignor Doyle | St Benedict |  St David | St Mary’s | Resurrection

Required Components:


  • Seven certifications/training/workshops related to the industry


  • A bundle of nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits in which students earn:
    • Four  Construction major credits
    • One English credit
    • Two Math credits
    • One other credit in either Business Studies or Science
    • Two Co-operative Education credits to gain workplace experience that enables students to refine, extend and practice sec
    • Courses Information:
      Monsignor Doyle | St Benedict |  St David | St Mary’s | Resurrection


  • Co-operative Education (Co-op) provides students with workplace experience that enables students to refine, extend and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills.
    • Examples of Construction Co-op Placements:
      Architecture Firms, City Planning, Home Renovation Companies, Home Inspection Services, Demolition Services, Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC Service Companies and more!
  • Brick & Stone Mason
  • Carpenter
  • Construction Millwright
  • Electrician
  • Heating & Air Conditioning Technician
  • Painter & Decorator
  • Plumber
  • Roofer
  • Architectural Design Technician/Technologist
  • Civil Engineering Technologist
  • Construction Estimator
  • Construction Manager
  • Contractor and Supervisor –Electrical Trades & Telecommunications
  • Home Inspector
  • Interior Designer
  • Residential Home Renovator
  • Architect
  • Electrical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Structural Engineer
  • Carpenter’s Assistant
  • Concrete Finisher
  • Construction Laborer
  • Demolition Worker
  • Home Renovator

Ministry of Education SHSM Website

For more information, speak to the guidance counselor at your school

Students in a Specialist High Skills Major program complete learning activities that are contextualized to the knowledge and skills relevant to the economic sector of the SHSM. Contextualized Learning Activities (CLA’s) enhance your learning in your English, Math, Science and Business classes. They connect your interest in your chosen sector to your learning in these classes.

CLA’s will be delivered by your classroom teacher. It is not additional work to be completed – it may replace the work being done by non-SHSM students or the teacher may choose to have the entire class complete the CLA.