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The 24th Skills Canada National Competition will be held at the Edmonton Expo Centre on June 4-5, 2018. The Skills Canada National Competition is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in the country. Every year, more than 500 young people from all regions of Canada come to the Skills Canada National Competition to participate in over 40 skilled trade and technology competitions. By providing a forum where Canadian youth can compete at the national level, the Skills Canada National Competition provides hands-on work experience related to skilled trade and technology careers. Through these competitions, Skills/Compétences Canada also seeks to raise awareness about skilled trade and technology sectors to Canadian youth and their influencers. Students must compete at local, regional and provincial/territorial events in order to represent their province/territory at the Skills Canada National Competition.

Alberta’s capital city sits on the North Saskatchewan River. Its past is recreated at Fort Edmonton Park, a living history museum with an 1846 fort and streets from 1885, 1905 and 1920. Edmonton’s contemporary landmarks include the Royal Alberta Museum, with aboriginal-culture and natural-history galleries, and the futuristic-looking Art Gallery of Alberta, known for its First Nations art. Points of interest include the West Edmonton Mall, Fort Edmonton Park, and the Edmonton Valley Zoo. See more of what Edmonton has to offer here.

Event Highlights

  • Free event: open to the public on competition days (June 4 – 5)
  • Over 40 competitions, representing six sectors
  • Over 550 competitors
  • Over 50 Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities for visiting youth
  • Thousands of student visitors and spectators
  • Professionally produced opening ceremony and closing ceremony with attendance of approximately 2,000 per event
  • Essential Skills Stage – interactive demonstrations by various stakeholder groups and celebrities designed to highlight the importance of Essential Skills.
  • Dedicated “Career Zone” featuring exhibitors and sponsored Try-A-Trade® and Technology activities
  • Essential Skills Forum
  • VIP events including opening and closing ceremony receptions; VIP tours; hospitality suite