The Business SHSM offers opportunities in finance, retail, entrepreneurship, real estate, human resources or organizational, management and budget-related careers in the other sectors of our economy. Students who know they love business or are interested in exploring their options can take the Specialist High Skills Major program to engage in learning and experiences that will be an asset for a future in business.

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program in Business gives students an opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications, and plan a career pathway in various areas of the Business 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  | Resurrection | St. Benedict | St. David | St. Mary’s

Required Components :


  • Provided to students FREE of charge, certifications, trainings and workshops led by industry professionals, help students develop their skills and discover more information about their future career.
  • Six certifications/trainings/workshops related to the industry
    • 4 Compulsory, 2 Elective
    • Examples include; Graphic Arts & Design, Social Media Marketing, Leadership training, Finance & Quickbooks workshop, E-commerce, Public Speaking &  Presentation Skills, Project Management & Event Management, Standard First Aid & CPR-C Training, WHMIS & more!
    • View all Certification and Training Topics for Business SHSM



  • 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 Business Co-op Placements:
      Technology & Marketing firms, Banks & Financial Institutions, Insurance companies, Graphic Arts & Design companies and more.

  • Entrepreneur
  • Special Events Co-ordinator
  • Administrative Support Worker/Supervisor
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Credit, Loan or Mortgage Officer
  • Advertising Consultant
  • Electronic Service Technician
  • Graphic Designer or Illustrator
  • Media Co-ordinator
  • Payroll Supervisor/Clerk
  • Recruitment Officer/Consultant
  • Publicist
  • Auditor
  • Accountant
  • Economic Development Officer
  • Entrepreneur
  • Engineer
  • Fundraising/Communications Officer
  • Managers in Advertising, Marketing, Public Relations and Human Resources Managers, Computer Systems, and Software Developers
  • Market Research Analyst
  • Marketing Consultant
  • Public Relations & and Communications Managers
  • Bank Teller
  • Entrepreneur
  • Equipment repair technician
  • Financial, Insurance, and General Office Workers
  • Inventory Clerk
  • Supply chain & logistics tracking & scheduling occupations
  • Mail and message distribution occupations
  • Retail Clerk
  • Real Estate Agent

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.