Apprenticeship Information 


What is an Apprentice?

What is an Apprenticeship?

  • an apprentice is someone who learns a skilled trade on the job, under the direction of more experienced workers
  •  apprenticeship is a work based training program for people who want to work in a skilled trade.
  • apprentices also complete classroom instruction as part of thier training
  • becoming an apprentice can be an important first step to learning new skills and building a rewarding career



Benefits of Apprenticeship Training include;




gain a skilled workforce that can produce and deliver goods to meet customer demand. 




You can earn while you learn a skilled trade


Benefits of Hiring an Apprentice

The Ontario College of Trades has developed a summary of the benefits of hiring an apprentice: click here



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Incentives for Apprentices -

Apprenticeship Grants 

As an apprentice in a Red Seal trade, you get to earn while you learn, but a little extra money can always help. The    Government of Canada provides up to a maximum lifetime amount of $4,000 per person in federal    apprenticeship    taxable cash grants to help you progress in or complete your apprenticeship training.

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year or level, for a lifetime maximum amount of $2,000 per person.

Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG)

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) is a one-time taxable cash grant lifetime amount of $2,000 per person for registered apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain their journeyperson certification


Canada Apprentice Loan


The Canada Apprentice Loan is an initiative of the Government of Canada to help you complete your apprenticeship in a designated Red Seal trade.

With the Canada Apprentice Loan, you can get up to $4,000 in interest-free loans per period of technical training. You can use the money to help pay for tuition, tools, equipment and living expenses, to cover forgone wages or to help support your family.


Tax deductions and credits for apprentices and tradespersons


The Government of Canada offers a range of tax credits and incentives apprentices can benefit from

Employed tradespersons (including apprentice mechanics)

You may be able to deduct the cost of eligible tools you bought in 2017 to earn employment income as a tradesperson and as an eligible apprentice mechanic. This cost includes any GST and provincial sales tax (PST), or HST you paid.

Eligible tuition fees

You will have received a tax certificate from your educational institution with the total eligible fees paid for the tax year



Incentives for Employers - for a print copy click here

Apprenticeship Employer Signing Bonus(AESB) 


A $2000 Apprenticeship Employer Signing Bonus (AESB) is available to employers who hire, register and train an apprentice as part of their participation in Job Matching, Placement and Incentives.For more information about this incentive click here    

Graduated Apprenticeshp Grant for Employers (GAGE)


GAGE is a grant for employers who hire (sponsor) and train apprentices in 130 eligible trades. Eligible employers will receive an automatic payment as their apprentice completes each level of training and when they achieve their Certificate of Apprenticeship of Certificate of Qualification. The amount of support increases for eligible employers as the apprentice reaches completion milestones.For more information about this incentive click here 

Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit


The Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC) is a non-refundable tax credit equal to 10% of the eligible salaries and wages payable to eligible apprentices in respect of employment after May 1, 2006. The maximum credit an employer can claim is $2,000 per year for each eligible apprentice. If your business hires an eligible apprentice, you qualify to claim the credit. For more information click here



 Other Resources:

  • Come visit our Resource Centre and let our friendly staff help you start your path to Apprenticeship
  • Click Here to visit the MAESD website on Apprenticeship
  • For Employers: The Ontario College of  Trades website has all the information you need to know, visit here
  • For Apprentices: is a valuable resourceful site for information about the trades, visit here