Scholarships / grants for apprenticeships

Need financial help with your future apprenticeship? We've compiled a list to make it easier for you to apply.
Learn about the funding available through grants and sholarships offered to military transitioning to an apprenticeship:

Federal - Veterans Education and Training Benefit
The Education and Training Benefit helps you achieve your education and career goals. You may be eligible to receive up to $80,000 in funding. Veterans will not be limited to formal post-secondary training. The benefit may also be used for career or personal development courses that give Veterans purpose and help them feel satisfied with their main post-military job or activity. For more information, visit the following website:

Federal - Canada Apprentice Loan
NEW - As of Jan 2015 - you can apply for up to $4,000 in interest-free loans per period of technical training. The money will be available to you to help pay for tuition, tools, equipment and living expenses, to cover forgone wages.

Federal - Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)
This is a taxable cash grant (maximum $2,000) for any one of the Red Seal trades, with $1,000 after completion of first year and another $1,000 after completion of the second year.

Federal - Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG)
This is a taxable cash grant (maximum $2,000) for any one of the Red Seal trades, awarded upon obtaining Journeyperson status.

Federal - Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC)
Non-refundable tax credit for a maximum of $2,000/year for employers hiring apprentices in their first 2 years of their apprenticeship in a Red Seal trade.

Federal - Deductions for tools (tradespersons)
Provides for an annual deduction of a maximum of $500 for tradesperson's tools.

British Columbia - Provincial Basic Tax Credit
Provides for up to a maximum of $2,000 ($3,000 for First Nations) in refundable tax credits for non-Red Seal trades after successful completion of 1st and 2nd year of their apprenticeship.

British Columbia - Provincial Completion Tax Credit
Provides for up to a maximum of $2,500 ($3,750 for First Nations) in refundable tax credits for both Red Seal & non-Red Seal trades upon obtaining Journeyperson status.

Alberta - Provincial Pre-Apprenticeship Scholarships
Up to 11 annual scholarships of $1,000 each for eligible individuals in a pre-apprenticeship program as incentive to continue.

Alberta - Provincial Apprenticeship & Industry Training (AIT) Scholarship
Up to 370 annual scholarships of $1,000 each for registered apprentices who've completed a required level of technical training.

Alberta - Provincial World Skills Legacy Scholarship
Three scholarships  awarded for apprentices participating in provincial, national and international skills competitions.

Saskatchewan - SATCC Apprenticeship Awards
Varies annually, but includes a large number of different awards for apprentices as seen in 2013 at:
Saskatchewan - Provincial Graduate Retention Program (GRP)

Provides a refund of up to $20,000 for tuition fees for newly qualified Journeypersons living in Saskatchewan.

Manitoba - Provincial Final-Year Apprenticeship Bursary
Up to 50 bursaries of $1,000 each for apprentices in final year of training.

Manitoba - Provincial Tradesperson's Tools Deduction
Provides employed tradespersons with an annual $500 deduction to cover cost of new tools necessary for their trade.

Manitoba - Provincial Apprenticeship Endowment Fund Bursary
Awarded annually (amount depends on how many selected) to prospective or current apprentices with financial need in a designated trade.

Manitoba - Provincial Tim McLean Memorial Bursary
Awarded annually (amount depends on how many selected) to prospective or current Aboriginal apprentices with financial need in a designated trade.

Ontario - Provincial Apprenticeship Scholarship
A $1,000 scholarship for young people who have registered in an apprenticeship and meet eligibility criteria and linked to the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP).

Ontario - Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit
The apprenticeship training tax credit is a refundable tax credit. It is available to employers who hire and train apprentices in certain skilled trades during the first 36 months of an apprenticeship program. The tax credit is based on salaries and wages paid to an apprentice. Qualifying businesses can claim 25 per cent of eligible expenditures (30 per cent for small businesses).The maximum credit for each apprenticeship is $5,000 per year. The maximum credit over the first 36-month period of the apprenticeship is $15,000.(OYAP).

Ontario - Ontario College of Trades -- Canadian Armed Forces Fee Exemptions
Ontario College of Trades has established an exemption from certain fees for applicants and members who are reservists and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces, including:
· annual membership fees for apprentices ($60 plus HST without exemption);
· Trade Equivalency Assessment applications ($235 plus HST for assessment and $50 plus HST for verification, without the exemption);
· application or verification fees for out-of-province applicants

To receive these fee exemptions, an eligible applicant must submit a copy of the “Fee Exemptions for Veterans and Reservists” form. The form must be completed and signed with a clear and legible copy of his or her Member’s Personnel Record Resume (MPRR) attached for verification purposes.

More information is available about how the College is supporting veterans in the skilled trades, at the College’s website:

Nova Scotia - Provincial Apprentice Progression Award
A taxable award of $750 for all designated trades upon completion of required training levels.

Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG)
A $2000 taxable Apprenticeship Completion Grant for apprentices in Red Seal trades.

Nova Scotia - Provincial Apprenticeship Completion Award
A $2,000 award only for non-Red Seal trades, and only upon obtaining a Certificate of Apprenticeship.

Newfoundland - Provincial Apprenticeship Wage Subsidy
A provincial incentive of up to $14/hour to employers to offset salary costs of hiring apprentices.

Non-Government - The J. Russell St. Eloi Scholarship
A $1,000 scholarship for UA apprenticeships in the piping trades, with a new category specifically for CF veterans.

Non-Government - UA Local 170 Scholarships
A list of available scholarships for UA apprenticeships in the piping trades.

Non-Government - TransCanada Community Leaders Scholarship
A $1000 scholarship awarded annually to up to 100 apprentices. Apply between 15 January and 15 April.