Ontario Skills Passport

The Ontario Skills Passport (OSP) provides clear descriptions of the essential skills and work habits important for work, learning and life. Essential skills are used in virtually all occupations and are transferable from school to work, job to job and sector to sector. The OSP is a FREE bilingual, web-based resource that provides clear descriptions of the essential skills and work habits needed for success in the workplace. Essential skills are the generic skills that all workers use on the job, such as reading text, document use and problem solving. We use essential skills everyday; they are transferable from school to work and further education or training, as well as from job to job and industry to industry. They also help us learn other kinds of job skills, such as technical skills, and to adapt to workplace change. Since good work habits are important for success in the workplace, they are also included in the Ontario Skills Passport. These work habits include working safely, reliability and providing excellent customer service.

The OSP offers high school students, adult learners, job seekers, workers, employers, teachers, trainers, practitioners, job developers and counsellors a common language, resources and tools that help build competence, confidence and connections.

The essential skills included in the OSP are listed below:

  • Reading Text
  • Writing
  • Document Use
  • Computer Use
  • Oral Communication
  • Money Math
  • Scheduling or Budgeting and Accounting
  • Measurement and Calculation
  • Data Analysis
  • Job Task Planning and Organizing
  • Decision Making
  • Problem Solving
  • Finding Information

The work habits included in the OSP are listed below:

  • Working Safely
  • Teamwork
  • Reliability
  • Organization
  • Working Independently
  • Initiative
  • Self-advocacy
  • Customer Service
  • Entrepreneurship

Youth who are deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to tour this website. The tools are easy to follow and use. If you are not sure about a job that requires the ability to hear, please consult the profile of hearing ratings of jobs.

View the Ontario Skills Passport site here.