I completed highschool roughly 10 years previous to that in the middle of the 90's. My group was the last to have welding, drafting/cad, carpentry and electronics, or even basic electrical work. We were also the last group to do machining, pipe fitting, or automotive. Every program relating to that was cut, gutted, and removed. Right up until this upcoming year those programs haven't existed, they were all replaced with arts, or just really anything else that they could think of that was no use. Even the 4H sponsored programs were removed. I lived in a very heavy farming area around 90% of the kids were all farm students, there were 4 highschools(now 3 where I used to live), multiple grade schools(around 7 then, 4 now). Roughly the same middle schools. Class sizes went up, number of schools went down. And number of classes disappeared too. The middle schools here don't have anything in their music classes that we did. When we were in grade 6, we were playing on the "big band" instruments, now? Nothing higher then a recorder until grade 9.
Most of my friends though, went directly into the jobs they wanted as well. Several of them are mechanics to this day, own their own shops(some of them several), two own specialized shops that deal with only modern electronics in cars. All the dealerships contract through them to deal with any electronics issues. But it was a different time, people who were smart went into manufacturing and expanded their skills there. These days, the kids graduating from highschool have learned less then those of us from 20 years ago and were taught that those trade skills were unimportant because they'd all be working white collar jobs.
I'm also a Canadian, living in Canada. I'll bet that you learned that outside of Ontario too. Since around 2001ish the provincial government implemented a "all schools will teach exactly the same thing" programs. Even in '97 when my sister graduated, those programs were gone and they were moving towards the "all schools teach the same stuff"