Pursuing Apprenticeship? There's a Grant for that

Posted 01 Jun 2017 by Natalie LeBlanc


Pursuing a Red Seal designation in your trade can be a great career move, and what’s better is the federal government has grants available to help you out financially. Up to $4,000 is available through the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant and the Apprenticeship Completion Grant:

 

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (from Canada.ca):

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

To be eligible for the AIG, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person;
  • not be a high school student;
  • have the required AIG supporting documents (usually a copy of your registration ID Wallet Card and a copy of your Record of Progress Letter)
  • be registered with your provincial/territorial apprenticeship authority as an apprentice in a designated Red Seal trade; and
  • provide proof that you have successfully completed either the 1st and/or 2nd year or level (or equivalent) in a designated Red Seal trade.

The deadline to apply is June 30 of the year after you complete the first and/or second year or level.

 

Apprenticeship Completion Grant (from Canada.ca):

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

To be eligible for the ACG, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person;
  • not be a high school student;
  • have the required ACG supporting documents (Certificate of Apprenticeship with issue date);
  • show that you have completed an apprenticeship program as a registered apprentice in a designated Red Seal trade; and
  • provide proof of your journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade.

The deadline to apply is June 30 of the year after you complete your apprenticeship and receive your journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade.

Completing an apprenticeship is a big commitment of both time and money, and these grants help alleviate some of the stress, and might help you buy some of the tools necessary to complete your apprenticeship. Obtaining your Red Seal doesn’t have to be a burden on your pocketbook!

 

Source: Apprenticeship Grants. Canada.ca. https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/apprentices/grants.html