$29, 286 - $59,000



At a glance

A Roofer installs and maintains built-up roofs, composition roof coverings, shakes, shingles and plastic, metal, rubber, membranes, etc.

Flatroofers prepare and apply protective coverings to flat and sloped roof surfaces in residential, commercial, and industrial structures.

Shinglers install and repair shingles, shakes, tiles, and other sloped roof materials used in roofwater shedding systems.

Work environment

Work environments for construction careers can be located outdoors or indoors or both. Work hours may vary as well. Some positions are seasonal while others are all year round, but part-time. Other positions are project-based and may require you to work full-time until the project is complete. And, of course there are careers that have full-time hours all year round.

Below is a list of workplaces where you might find opportunities to gain apprenticeship hours and/or experience. (Source: Apprenticeship Manitoba Handbook and Manitoba Prospects)

  • General contractors
  • Roofing companies
  • Self-employed

Other conditions: seasonal

Mini Skills Assessment

If you answer YES to the questions below, then you could become a Flatroofer or Shingler!

  • Do you like working outside?
  • Do you get along well with others?
  • Are you in good shape?
  • Can you work in high places?

Essential Skills Profiles

The Government of Canada Job Bank has identified Nine Literacy and Essential Skills (Reading, Writing, Document Use, Numeracy, Computer Use, Thinking, Oral Communication, Working with Others, and Continuous Learning).

Below you will find links to the Essential Skills Profile for this occupation and/or related ones.


Below you will find the annual salaries for apprentices and journeypersons for a Roofer.

Minimum for Apprentices

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$29, 286

Average for Journey Persons

Skills Booklet 2016, Skills Canada/Manitoba

$30, 975 - $59,000

For more information on apprenticeship wages,visit

Every year, the Industrial, Commercial and Institutional (ICI) Construction Sector releases Minimum Wage Schedules for Manitoba. Below are the minimum wage rates for this career.

Minimum Wage RateJanuary 1, 2017
Boom Truck Hoist Operator - Heavy ConstructionMay 1, 2017 or after



Note: To receive the most up-to-date information about satisfying apprenticeship level requirements, contact Apprentice Manitoba or visit


Program Length (Minimum Years)

3 years

Level Requirements

Required Hours for each level (L)

L1: 1, 400 hours L2: 1, 400 hours L3: 1, 400 hours

Technical Training/Year (weeks in class)

Y1: 6 weeks Y2: 6 weeks Y3: 6 weeks

Additional Licensing


Trades Qualification Requirements (minimum experience required)

Minimum years of experience required

(within last 10 years)

4.5 years

Minimum hours experience required

6, 300 hours

Practical Exam required


Compulsory Apprenticeship/Certificate of Qualifications required to work


Red Seal Trade available


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