Specialist High Skills Major ProgramThe Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) encourages you to focus your secondary school education toward a career area of your choice.


In schools across Ontario, students are building brighter futures through SHSM programs in many varied and exciting high-demand professions. These innovative programs are an important part of Ontario's commitment to providing all students with learning choices and opportunities that genuinely meet their needs, interests, and aspirations, ensuring that Ontario's education system helps every student achieve his or her highest potential.


No matter whether you plan to go to work, apprenticeship, or college/university you can earn a SHSM. The SHSM red seal on your diploma lets employers and post secondary institutions know that you have knowledge, skills, and industry-recognized training related to a particular career field.

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