There are many provincial and federal supports for apprentices, including:
- Up to $4,000 in interest-free federal loans for training in a Red Seal trade
- Up to $6,000 in federal grants if you’re out of high school and training in a Red Seal trade
- Income support through federal employment insurance to help with full-time technical training costs
- $2,000 once you finish your apprenticeship
A new, non-repayable tools grant is available for apprentices as of August 2020. 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
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
The Ministry 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 believe you qualify for the grant. For any questions about the tools grant, contact Employment Ontario.
Grant for Full-Time Study
Most trades require you to do two or three levels of classroom training during an apprenticeship. Each level lasts eight to 12 weeks, depending on the trade. You can take these classes on a part-time or full-time basis. Some people can get Employment Insurance (EI) for financial support while studying full-time.
Apprentice Development Benefit
The Apprentice Development Benefit provides financial assistance for apprentices while they are attending full-time, in-class training. These costs can include:
- Basic living expenses
- Dependent care
- Commuting and travel
- Expenses for living away from home
- Special assistance for persons with disabilities
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 forms
If you have started your training and did not receive the package, please contact your local Employment Ontario Apprenticeship Office to speak with an Employment Training Consultant.
Grant for Apprentice Learning
Starting April 1, 2022, we are merging the Grant for Apprenticeship Learning with the Apprenticeship Development Benefit.
You can still apply for the Grant for Apprentice Learning to receive up to $3,600 if:
- You did not qualify for EI while attending full-time training
- Your class started before April 1, 2022
Otherwise, you may apply for the Apprenticeship Development Benefit.
We will send you a grant application when you complete one level of your classroom training. You have 180 days from the last day of class for that particular level to apply. If you did not receive the package, please contact your local Employment Ontario Apprenticeship Office to speak with an Employment Training Consultant.
The information on this page was sourced from https://www.ontario.ca/page/start-apprenticeship