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Apprenticeship Service Program │ Employment and Social Development Canada


Up to $72,500,000 per year


Apprenticeship Service Program provides up to $72,500,000 per year to intermediaries that have the capacity to support SMEs to hire new, first-year apprentices.

We will select organizations that will act as intermediaries to:

  • manage and distribute funds to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) across Canada to hire a minimum of 2,500 new, first-year Red Seal apprentices, per year, in 1 or more of the 39 construction and/or manufacturing Red Seals trades
  • provide SMEs with the following financial incentive:
    • an initial $5,000 for the hiring of a new, first-year apprentice in 1 or more of the 39 construction and/or manufacturing Red Seal trades
    • provide an additional $5,000 if the apprentice is from a key group: women, Indigenous people, newcomers, persons with disabilities, racialized communities, including Black Canadians and LGBTQ2+
  • provide SMEs with additional supports to increase their participation in the apprenticeship system
  • sign agreements with eligible SMEs

Eligible Applicants

Your organization must:

  • be 1 of the following type of organizations:
    • a union representing workers in Red Seal trades or an organization managing training funds for Red Seal trades workers, for example: a joint training fund set up by a union, a union and an employer association
    • a not for profit organization
    • a for profit organization
    • an Indigenous organization, including: band council, tribal council, self government entity, Indigenous-led union
    • a provincial and territorial government, institution, agency or Crown Corporation
  • be in operation for a minimum of 5 years*
  • have existing networks with SMEs that currently employ journeypersons in one or more of the 39 construction and/or manufacturing Red Seal trades*
  • have financial management experience within the last 5 years in: delivering initiatives that included a variety of partners; or acting as an intermediary, which could have included distribution of funding
  • commit to act as an intermediary until March 31, 2024

* Note: Indigenous organizations will be exempt from this requirement.

Eligible Expenses

Eligible projects:

Your project must meet all of the following criteria:

  • must end by March 31, 2024
  • request cannot exceed $72,500,000 per year

Deadline Date

  Closed. Previous application period - between August 3, 2021 to September 14, 2021.


Contact Name: Employment and Social Development Canada

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