Federal Apprenticeship Grants for Eligible Registered Apprentices in Canada: Apply by June 30

Careers in the trades.
Careers in the trades.

The following video presents “Government of Canada takes action to help apprentices and promote the skilled trades.”

  • Minister Kenney outlined a number of Government of Canada initiatives of interest to the construction sector including grants for apprentices, the Canada Job Grant and the introduction of the Canada Apprentice Loan, as outlined in Economic Action Plan (EAP) 2014.
  • Minister Kenney also announced that the Government of Canada is now mandating that those bidding on government construction and maintenance contracts sign a voluntary certification expressing their commitment to hire and train apprentices.
    • Contractors and subcontractors will also be required to inform the Government of Canada about the number of apprentices they plan to use on the contract, as well as their trades.
    • This information will help inform future additional changes to encourage the use of apprentices.
    • This initiative was a commitment made in EAP 2013 to further promote apprenticeships in Canada.
  • He highlighted additional EAP 2014 measures including increasing awareness of the existing financial supports available to apprentices while they are on technical training through the Employment Insurance program and a pilot project that will explore ways to allow apprentices to continue working while fulfilling the technical training requirements of their programs.
  • In addition, Minister Kenney announced over $1.2 million to Frontier College to integrate literacy and essential skills training in apprenticeship programs.
    • This aims to help apprentices complete their training and trade certification.

Did you know?

  • In the construction sector alone, it is expected that Canadian companies will need approximately 300,000 new workers over the next 10 years.
  • The Canada Job Grant will help ensure that Canada has the skilled workforce it needs to help bridge the gap between the skills Canadians have and the skills employers are looking for.
  • EAP 2014’s Canada Apprentice Loan will provide apprentices in Red Seal trades with access to interest-free loans of up to $4,000 per period of technical training to encourage careers in the skilled trades.

An apprenticeship usually takes 2-5 years of training and combines on-the-job training with classroom training.

Eligible apprentices can get up to $4,000 in two federal apprenticeship grants as follows.

Government of Canada

NEWS RELEASE

You Could Qualify for $4,000 in Federal Apprenticeship Grants

19 June, 2014

The skilled trades offer in-demand, recognized and well-paid careers. In many skilled trades, apprenticeship training is an essential step to becoming a certified tradesperson.

An apprenticeship usually takes 2-5 years of training and combines on-the-job training with classroom training.

The Government of Canada is working with its partners to increase apprenticeship opportunities for Canadians in the Red Seal trades and to promote a highly skilled and mobile workforce in Canada.
Eligible apprentices can get up to $4,000 in federal apprenticeship grants:

  • the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year or level, up to a maximum amount of $2,000 per person, and
  • the Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) is a taxable cash grant of $2,000 for registered apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain their journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade.

Find out if you are eligible for an apprenticeship grant.

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