STABILITY.
ADVENTURE.
PRIDE.

The Seafarers' International Union of Canada

ABOUT
SEAFARING.

JOIN A PROUD, HARDWORKING TEAM OF CANADIAN SAILORS

Canada’s marine economy is thriving, and more demand for seafarers means a long and stable career.

Known as “sailors” or “merchant mariners”, seafarers work in the marine shipping sector, most often on commercial or merchant ships, and are essential to the operations onboard the vessels.

Canadian seafarers can earn more than $60,000 per year right out of high school, and their education – including skills-based training, and room and board – is paid for by the Seafarers Training Institute. You are guaranteed your first job and can grow from there.

You will work for some of Canada’s premier shipping companies and be represented by The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada.

This is no desk job. A career as a seafarer brings adventure. After all, how many people can say they sailed the seas and were paid to do it?

Learn more

ABOUT
SEAFARING.

JOIN A PROUD, HARDWORKING TEAM OF CANADIAN SAILORS

Canada’s marine economy is thriving, and more demand for seafarers means a long and stable career.

Known as “sailors” or “merchant mariners”, seafarers work in the marine shipping sector, most often on commercial or merchant ships, and are essential to the operations onboard the vessels.

Canadian seafarers can earn more than $60,000 per year right out of high school, and their education – including skills-based training, and room and board – is paid for by the Seafarers Training Institute. You are guaranteed your first job and can grow from there.

You will work for some of Canada’s premier shipping companies and be represented by The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada.

This is no desk job. A career as a seafarer brings adventure. After all, how many people can say they sailed the seas and were paid to do it?

Learn more

ABOUT
SEAFARING.

JOIN A PROUD, HARDWORKING TEAM OF CANADIAN SAILORS

Canada’s marine economy is thriving, and more demand for seafarers means a long and stable career.

Known as “sailors” or “merchant mariners”, seafarers work in the marine shipping sector, most often on commercial or merchant ships, and are essential to the operations onboard the vessels.

Canadian seafarers can earn more than $60,000 per year right out of high school, and their education – including skills-based training, and room and board – is paid for by the Seafarers Training Institute. You are guaranteed your first job and can grow from there.

You will work for some of Canada’s premier shipping companies and be represented by The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada.

This is no desk job. A career as a seafarer brings adventure. After all, how many people can say they sailed the seas and were paid to do it?

Learn more

ABOUT
SEAFARING.

JOIN A PROUD, HARDWORKING TEAM OF CANADIAN SAILORS

Canada’s marine economy is thriving, and more demand for seafarers means a long and stable career.

Known as “sailors” or “merchant mariners”, seafarers work in the marine shipping sector, most often on commercial or merchant ships, and are essential to the operations onboard the vessels.

Canadian seafarers can earn more than $60,000 per year right out of high school, and their education – including skills-based training, and room and board – is paid for by the Seafarers Training Institute. You are guaranteed your first job and can grow from there.

You will work for some of Canada’s premier shipping companies and be represented by The Seafarers’ International Union of Canada.

This is no desk job. A career as a seafarer brings adventure. After all, how many people can say they sailed the seas and were paid to do it?

Learn more

APPLY
NOW.

Apply today and join a strong
brotherhood and sisterhood of the sea

We are currently recruiting young adults and experienced tradespeople for the Unlicensed Apprentice Program.

If you are accepted into the program, you will receive free tuition and room and board, with your first job placement guaranteed. SIU members also enjoy a progressive benefits package (prescription drug, vision and dental coverage) and have the best pension plan in the industry.

See the application form

MEET YOUR
FUTURE CREW.

Meet Vince Giannopolous.

Vince is the main spokesperson for the Be a Seafarer campaign. He is passionate about the career and knows the importance of having young recruits in the industry. Vince is a member of the Seafarers’ International Union of Canada and was a Tunnelman for seven years. When he was 21 years old, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life. One day he had to stop at the locks in St. Catharines for one of the ships to pass by, and that’s when he decided he could make a living on those ships!

Start your career as a Seafarer

MEET YOUR
FUTURE CREW.

Meet Margaret.

Meet Margaret, a Mechanical Assistant for almost sixteen years. With a drive to constantly improve her skills and develop new ones, Margaret isn’t stopping anytime soon. Margaret became a seafarer because someone told her she couldn’t do it – and she needed to prove them wrong. With fierce workmanship and dedication to her job, Margaret shows what it means to be a female seafarer in 2018.

Start your career as a Seafarer

MEET YOUR
FUTURE CREW.

Meet Chris.

Chris is an Ordinary Seaman who currently works on the deck of the CSL Welland. Stay tuned for Chris’ full story!

Start your career as a Seafarer

MEET YOUR
FUTURE CREW.

Meet Winston and Tamara.

Winston and Tamara are currently cooks on the Algoma Sault. Tamara is 19 years old and is keen to learn from Winston, a seasoned seafarer. Stay tuned for their full story!

Start your career as a Seafarer

MEET YOUR
FUTURE CREW.

Meet Vince Giannopolous.

Vince is the main spokesperson for the Be a Seafarer campaign. He is passionate about the career and knows the importance of having young recruits in the industry. Vince is a member of the Seafarers’ International Union of Canada and was a Tunnelman for seven years. When he was 21 years old, he wasn’t sure what he wanted to do with his life. One day he had to stop at the locks in St. Catharines for one of the ships to pass by, and that’s when he decided he could make a living on those ships!

Start your career as a Seafarer

MEET YOUR
FUTURE CREW.

Meet Margaret.

Meet Margaret, a Mechanical Assistant for almost sixteen years. With a drive to constantly improve her skills and develop new ones, Margaret isn’t stopping anytime soon. Margaret became a seafarer because someone told her she couldn’t do it – and she needed to prove them wrong. With fierce workmanship and dedication to her job, Margaret shows what it means to be a female seafarer in 2018.

Start your career as a Seafarer

MEET YOUR
FUTURE CREW.

Meet Chris.

Chris is an Ordinary Seaman who currently works on the deck of the CSL Welland. Stay tuned for Chris’ full story!

Start your career as a Seafarer

MEET YOUR
FUTURE CREW.

Meet Winston and Tamara.

Winston and Tamara are currently cooks on the Algoma Sault. Tamara is 19 years old and is keen to learn from Winston, a seasoned seafarer. Stay tuned for their full story!

Start your career as a Seafarer

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