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Specialist High Skills Major


The Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA) is able to draw on the expertise and experience from the many specialized programs and services in our organization to create programs that offer students the opportunity to obtain Specialist High Skills Major certification.

What is Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM)?

SHSM is a ministry-approved specialized program that allows students to focus their learning on a specific economic sector while meeting the requirements to graduate from secondary school. It also assists in their transition after graduation to apprenticeship training, college, university or the workplace.

Currently, there are some great opportunities awaiting your students at the Ganaraska Forest Centre! Choose a sector, from the list below, to see what programs are offered to align with the SHSM goals.

Arts and Culture
Aviation and Aerospace
Food Processing
Health and Wellness
Horticulture and Landscaping
Hospitality and Tourism
Information and Communication Technology
Justice Community Safety and Emergency Services
Non Profit

Certification Programs are listed alphabetically by sector in this GFC SHSM Program Guide.

Day Use cost: $60.00 + applicable taxes per student for a full-day certification or two, half-day certifications - minimum of 15 students required.

Residential Visit (overnight): Should you wish your students to participate in an overnight excursion, students can earn up to four certifications or two, full-day certifications.

2-Day - $120.00 + applicable taxes per student includes four meals, overnight accommodation and certifications – minimum of 15 students required.

3-Day - $180.00 + applicable taxes per student includes six meals, overnight accommodation and certifications – minimum of 15 students required.

Information and Booking: Please contact the Ganaraska Forest Centre Outdoor Education Staff for further information about our current programs and future opportunities: 905.885.8173 or