Financial Incentives

The Government of Canada offers financial incentives for apprentices and tradespersons.

Government of Canada

Apprenticeship Grants

Two types of grants are available to apprentices.

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. It is available to registered apprentices once they have successfully completed their first or second year/level (or equivalent) of an apprenticeship program in one of the Red Seal trades.

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) is a taxable grant of $2,000 for registered apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain their journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade.

For more information on these grants, please visit the Service Canada website, call 1-866-742-3644 or visit a local Service Canada Center.

Click here to find the list of Red Seal designated trades by provinces and territories.

Tradesperson's Tools Deduction

The Tradesperson's Tools Deduction provides employed tradespersons with an annual deduction of up to $500 to help cover the cost of new tools necessary to their trade.

To find out more, please visit the website of the Canada Revenue Agency.

Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit

The Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit is a non-refundable tax credit available to employers, equal to 10% of the eligible salaries and wages payable to eligible apprentices in respect of employment after May 1, 2006. The maximum credit is $2,000 per year for each eligible apprentice.

To find out more, please visit the website of the Canada Revenue Agency.

Provinicial/Territorial Tax Credits and Deductions

Other financial support for apprentices and tradespersons may be available in your province or territory. Here is a list of jurisdictional web pages related to financial support for apprentices and tradespersons:

Please contact your provincial or territorial apprenticeship authority if you wish to obtain more information.

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