Overview

The Ontario government provides financial support to apprentices. During your time working and studying, you can get money:

  • to help you buy tools you need for your trade
  • once you complete your apprenticeship and receive your certificate
  • if you are studying full-time
  • if you have a disability

The Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development primarily communicates with apprentices via email. Make sure your contact information is up to date to ensure you receive correspondence on the following programs.

Support for apprentices in any trade

Tools grant

A non-repayable tools grant is available for apprentices.

As an apprentice, this grant will help you pay for tools and equipment for your trade.

The amount of the grant depends on the type of trade you’re apprenticing in. The grant amounts are as follows:

  • $1,000 for motive power trades
  • $600 for construction trades
  • $600 for industrial trades
  • $400 for service trades

View the full list of trades.

Eligibility

To qualify for the grant, you must have:

  • completed, or been exempted from, level one in-class training, on or after April 1, 2020
  • a registered training agreement
  • been registered as an apprentice for at least 12 months

How to apply

We will send an email with an application link to all apprentices who are eligible to apply for this provincial grant.

You can also apply online if you think you qualify for the grant.

For any questions about the Tools Grant, please contact Employment Ontario.

Apprentice Development Benefit

The Apprentice Development Benefit provides financial assistance for apprentices while they are attending full-time, in-class training at a ministry-approved training delivery agent. These costs can include:

  • basic living expenses
  • dependent care
  • commuting and travel
  • expenses for living away from home
  • special assistance for persons with disabilities

Eligibility

To qualify for the benefit, you must have:

  • attended class on a full-time basis
  • registered as an apprentice with the ministry

How to apply

When you begin your in-class training, you will be provided with:

  • an application package that includes instructions about how to apply
  • the application form

If you have started your in-class training and did not receive the package, please contact your local Employment Ontario apprenticeship office to speak with an Employment Training Consultant.

Support for apprentices with disabilities

This program is offered through Ontario s 24 Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology to help people with disabilities participate in:

  • apprenticeship programs
  • pre-apprenticeship programs
  • Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Programs

The program is used for accommodation and accessibility needs of apprentices with disabilities attending colleges across Ontario and aims to:

  • improve access for apprentices with disabilities
  • ensure apprentices with disabilities receive individualized services and have access to tools and technologies, such as:
    • interpreters
    • note-takers
    • offices for apprentices with disabilities
    • transcription of educational materials
  • help apprentices with disabilities make a successful transition to postsecondary education and employment

Eligibility

To be eligible, apprentices (part time or full time) seeking assistance must contact the office that provides services for students with disabilities at their local college offering their training. Disability eligibility is defined by the Ontario Human Rights Commission’s Policy and Guidelines on Disability and the Duty to Accommodate (2001) and Guidelines on Accessible Education (2004), which are permanent or temporary in nature.

How to apply

This funding is provided directly to college training delivery agents. Please reach out to the office that provides services to students with disabilities at your college for information on supports that may be available as part of your training.

Support for training in a Red Seal trade

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant

These are taxable cash grants of $1,000 per year, up to a maximum of $2,000 per person, for those who are out of high school and training in a Red Seal trade.

To qualify for the first grant, you must have:

  • been a registered apprentice for at least 12 months
  • passed your first level of classroom training

To qualify for the second Apprenticeship Incentive Grant, you must have:

  • been a registered apprentice for at least 24 months
  • passed your second level of classroom training

Deadline to apply

You must apply within 12 months following your date of progression.

You apply to the federal government for both of these grants. Learn more about qualifying and applying for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant.

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women

In Budget 2018, the Government of Canada announced a new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women to further support women in entering, progressing, and completing their training in Red Seal trades where women are underrepresented. The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W) is a taxable cash grant of $3,000 per year/level (or equivalent) up to a maximum amount of $6,000 per person. To be eligible for the AIG-W, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person
  • not be a high school student
  • self-identify as a woman
  • have the required AIG-W supporting documents
  • be registered with your provincial/territorial apprenticeship authority as an apprentice in a designated Red Seal trade having low female representation
  • have progressed in your training in designated Red Seal trades on or after April 1, 2018, and
  • provide proof that you have successfully completed either the 1st and/or 2nd year/level (or equivalent) of apprenticeship

Deadline to apply

You must apply within 12 months following your date of progression

You apply to the federal government for both of these grants. Learn more about qualifying and applying for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women.

The pilot project will end on March 31, 2023. Applications for the AIG-W will not be accepted after March 31, 2023. Apprentices whose first year (level/block) or second year (level/block) progression date occurs after the AIG-W pilot project may be eligible for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG).

Apprenticeship Completion Grant

This one-time $2,000 taxable cash grant is available to those who are out of high school and training in a Red Seal trade.

To qualify, you must have gotten your Certificate of Apprenticeship and your Certificate of Qualification on or after January 1, 2009.

Deadline to apply

You must apply within 12 months following your date of progression

You apply to the federal government for this grant. Learn more about qualifying and applying for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant.

Other federal programs for apprentices in Red Seal trades

Apprentices training in a Red Seal trade can apply for up to $4,000 in interest-free loans through the Canada Apprentice Loan.

Get more information about federal programs available to help you train and complete your apprenticeship in a Red Seal trade.

Support for training in a non-Red Seal trade

Apprenticeship Completion Bonus

This $2,000 taxable cash grant is available to those who are out of high school and have completed their training in a non-Red Seal trade.

To qualify, you must have:

  • gotten your Certificate of Apprenticeship in a trade that either:
    • does not have a Certificate of Qualification exam, or
    • has only a provincial (non-Red Seal) Certificate of Qualification exam
  • been issued a Certificate of Apprenticeship or Certificate of Qualification no more than 180 days prior to the date you are applying.

Deadline to apply

You can apply for the bonus year-round.

We will send you an application when you are eligible to apply for this provincial bonus. For more information, contact your local apprenticeship office.