Specialist High Skills Major (MHS)

The Specialist High Skills Major is a specialized program approved by the Ministry of Education. It allows students from 11e and 12e grade to focus their learning on a particular industry while meeting the requirements for high school graduation. MHS also prepares students for the transition from high school to college, university, apprenticeship training, or the workforce.

The advantages of an MHS

Through a Specialist High Skills Major, students have the opportunity to:

  • customize their high school itinerary according to their interests and talents;
  • develop specialized knowledge and skills;
  • obtain credits recognized by post-secondary educational institutions (double recognition of credit);
  • obtain industry-recognized certifications;
  • have training specific to the career that interests them;
  • develop essential skills and work habits documented through the Ontario Skills Passport;
  • identify, explore and refine their career goals in order to make informed decisions about their future.

Students still benefit from a certain flexibility. If a change of plan or objectives occurs, it is possible for them to modify their itinerary along the way.

The programs available

Each high school offers a different selection of MHS programs. It is therefore important to check with your secondary school or consult your prospectus to know the MHS that are offered there.

In total, our Board offers 24 MHS programs in the following areas:

  • Business
  • Agriculture
  • Arts and culture
  • Construction
  • Énergie
  • Environment
  • Mining exploration
  • Manufacturing
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • health and wellbeing
  • Transportation


The red seal diploma marked with MHS indicates to employers and post-secondary institutions that the student is among the best prepared to enter the workforce, apprenticeship training, or college or university studies.

To obtain the "Specialist High Skills Major" mention on their Ontario secondary school diploma and on their Ontario transcript, students must have accumulated during their 11e and 12e grade:

Student learning and the development of transferable skills
  • four specialization credits in the chosen sector;
  • two cooperative education credits;
  • support credits in French, mathematics, science, history or business and commerce, according to the MHS;
Mandatory certifications or training recognized by the sector;
Anticipation experiences that reflect the student's itinerary;
Experiential learning activities in the sector;
Essential skills and work habits documented using the Ontario Skills Passport (OSP).

To find out more about the Specialist High Skills Major, please consult the guidance counselor at your secondary school or refer to the Government of Ontario website.

Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship (ICE)

ICE training is an integral part of the Specialist High Skills Major programs. It aims to stimulate the development of new ideas and to allow students to explore different points of view. Through this training, students develop the confidence required to design strategies for implementing their ideas. Students learn to support their ideas while taking into account the consequences of their innovations on the world around them.