Information & Communication Technology

Information & Communication Technology SHSM

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) is the sector that processes information (which includes capturing, transmitting, and displaying information) using electronic systems.  The ICT sector continues to transform our economy and everyday life. Core industries in this sector include:

  • communications systems (e.g. telecommunications, cable/broadband, broadcasting, and other program distribution systems) 
  • computer systems (e.g. computer engineering, technical support, electronics, robotics, network engineering) 
  • software and digital media (e.g. computer programming, computer and video games, simulations, computer animation, data management, web design, web portals, Internet security). 



Any of the above areas may include a range of activities dealing with design and development, sales and marketing, security, training, and maintenance and repair. Employees in the ICT sector are well compensated. 

The ICT SHSM enables students to build a foundation of sector-focused knowledge and skills before graduating and entering apprenticeship training, college, university, or a position in the workplace. 


ICT SHSM Program Planner


Required SHSM Components:

1. A bundle of nine Grade 11 and Grade 12 credits

ICT Bundle


With proper planning, students can fulfill all OSSD graduation requirements, complete every SHSM component, and meet the entrance requirements for their desired post-secondary destinations, including college and university. Students are encouraged to complete their cooperative education credits in Grade 11 so that they can focus on taking credits required for college or university admission in Grade 12. Students may also consider taking “co-op” in summer school or night school.


2. Sector-recognized certifications and training

This SHSM sector requires students to complete three compulsory and three elective sector-recognized certifications.


3. Experiential learning and career exploration activities

Experiential learning and career exploration opportunities relevant to the sector might include the following:

  • one-on-one observation of a cooperative education student at a placement in the arts and culture sector (an example of job twinning)
  • a day-long observation of an artist (an example of job shadowing)
  • a one- or two-week work experience with a member of an industry association or a professional in the sector (an example of work experience)
  • participation in a local, provincial, or national competition focused on one of the arts
  • attendance at a sector trade show, conference, symposium, or job fair
  • a tour of a local theatre, museum, studio, or art gallery


4. Reach ahead experiences

Students are provided one or more reach ahead experiences – opportunities to take the next steps along their chosen pathway.


5. Sector-partnered experiences (SPEs)

Students engage with a sector partner and apply skills to gain insight into the relationship between this sector and ICE (innovation, creativity, and entrepreneurship), coding, and/or mathematical literacy.


Post-Secondary Scholarships for SHSM Students


ICT Careers