The demand for professionals in the Health and Wellness sector in Ontario and across Canada is increasing as the age of our population increases. As such, this sector has both a wide variety of career opportunities and employs close to 2 million people across Canada. Personal support workers (PSW), Child Care Worker, Fitness Instructor, Radiologist, Nurse, Veterinary Technician, Hospital Porter and Medical Technician are just some of the numerous occupations that the SHSM Health and Wellness program prepares students to pursue.

The Specialist High Skills Major (SHSM) program in Health and Wellness gives students an opportunity to specialize, gain qualifications, and plan a career pathway in various areas of the Health and Wellness 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, community, university and the workplace.

 Employment Trends In Health Care

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.
  • Seven certifications/training/workshops related to the industry


  • A bundle of nine credits in Grade 11 and Grade 12 which students earn:
    • Four Health & Wellness major credits
    • One English credit
    • One Math credit
    • One Other credit in either Science, Social Science or Humanities
    • Two Co-operative Education credits to gain workplace experience that enables students to refine, extend and practice sector-specific knowledge and skills.
  • Required Courses :Monsignor Doyle | ResurrectionSt. Benedict | St. David St. Mary’s 


  • 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 Health & Wellness Co-op Placements:
      Dental Office, Physiotherapy and other clinics, Pharmacies, Hospitals, Retirement Homes, Child Care Centres, Labratories, Fitness and Wellness Centres
  • Child & Youth Worker
  • Early Childhood Educator
  • Educational Assistant
  • Ambulance Attendants and Other Paramedical Occupations
  • Biomedical Engineering Technologist
  • Community and Social Service Worker
  • Dental Hygienist or Dental Assistant
  • Funeral Director or Embalmer
  • Health Care Aide
  • Hospital Information Clerk
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Secretary
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Registered Massage Therapist
  • Registered Orthopedic Technologist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Audiologist or Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Dentist
  • Dietitian
  • Family, Marriage and Other Related Counselors
  • Hospital Equipment Sales Representative
  • Medical Sonographer
  • Midwife
  • Nutritionist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Podiatrist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Blood Donor Clinic Assistant
  • Certified Personal Trainer
  • Doctor’s Office Receptionist
  • Fitness Instructor
  • Hospital Admitting Clerk
  • Lifeguard
  • Recreation Program Leader

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.