Are you an employer seeking to hire first-year apprentices or currently have an employee you would like to see enrol in the apprenticeship system?
All small and medium-sized employers with 499 or less paid employees.
SMEs can hire up to two, first-year Red Seal apprentices per fiscal year for a potential incentive of $20,000.
For the full list of Red Seal trades in Canada visit the Government of Canada's website
"The apprenticeship system is set up in such a wonderful way that it’s just walking through stages, really. You’re going through level 1, 2, 3, 4 and there is instruction on how to do that. Just not a lot of small employers realize it exists."
"There’s a lot of great apprentices out there that just need that first shot."
"The program provides some very good education and learning skills for the apprentices and it allows them to get skills and knowledge of the trade and helps us maintain good quality work and maintain schedules."
Please contact us if you are an employer wanting more information about the project or if you are a person looking to begin an apprenticeship.
Are you an employer that is ready to apply to the apprenticeship support project? If so, please select the button below and fill out an application.
(eg., they were a general labourer in the company before registering as a first-year apprentice)
Yes — as long as the employee became a first-year Red Seal apprentice after the start of the project, it is acceptable that the apprentice was already employed with the same employer.
Yes — as long as the employee became a first-year Red Seal apprentice after the start of the project, it is acceptable that the apprentice was previously an apprentice in a different trade.
Yes — as long as the employee is not currently employed by another employer at the time the SME employer hired them, and they still qualify as a first-year Red Seal apprentice (did not progress to the next level), it is acceptable to hire an apprentice that was previously apprenticing with another employer.
Yes — it is acceptable to hire an apprentice if the employee is registered with a union as a first year apprentice, whether or not the union is the official employer and paying the apprentice's salary.
If the employer is the union (paying the apprentice’s salary), and provided that the union meets all the requirements to qualify as a small and medium-sized employer under the Apprenticeship Service program (i.e., must have 499 paid employees or less at the time that it receives the funding) then the union would receive the financial incentive. If the employer is paying the apprentice’s salary, regardless of whether the apprentice is registered by the union, then the employer would receive the financial incentive and additional supports.
Financial incentives get paid after the application is processed if the SME meets all eligibility requirements.
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The list of groups where the additional $5,000 applies includes
Yes, this funding is in addition to any current financial incentives your business receives for participating in apprenticeships.
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