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Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) | Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)


$1,000 per year, up to a maximum of $2,000 per person.


The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant available to registered apprentices once they have successfully finished their first or second year/level (or equivalent) of an apprenticeship program in one of the designated Red Seal trade.

The Apprenticeship grants are meant to:

  • Increase access to apprenticeships in the Red Seal trades by helping apprentices cover expenses such as the purchase of tools and other materials required for learning on-the-job and travel expenses associated with classroom training
  • Encourage progression through the technical and on-the-job training requirements in the early years of their apprenticeship program, building momentum toward certification
  • Promote interprovincial mobility by increasing the number of apprentices who remain in the Red Seal trades and get their Red Seal

Eligible Applicants

  • Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person
  • Not a high school student. Individuals enrolled as regular, full-time high school students are not eligible for the AIG
    • If you are an apprentice enrolled in adult learning or professional upgrading classes or a Quebec apprentice completing your vocational training diploma (Diplômed’étudesprofessionnelles), you are not considered a high school student
    • If you are registered in a pre-apprenticeship program, you are not eligible for the AIG
  • Registered apprentice with employer/or training trust fund/or union training centre/or joint apprenticeship training committee, and the apprenticeship authority
  • In a Red Seal trade program that is designated as such in the province or territory where I am registered as an apprentice
  • Able to show through required supporting documents that I have successfully completed the first or second year/level (or equivalent) within an eligible apprenticeship program
  • Ontario Apprentices Only: I have been registered as an apprentice for at least 12 months for the Level 1 grant and at least 24 months for the Level 2 grant

Eligible Expenses

Deadline Date

  Usual application deadline: 12 months from progression date; New application deadline: 18 months from progression date
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