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Financial Support

While apprentices are paid wages at work and are often eligible to receive Employment Insurance benefits during technical training, extra financial support may be required.


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Access to Apprenticeship Bursary

A current apprentice with a demonstrated financial need is eligible to apply.

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Additional Financial Assistance

Apprentices in Nova Scotia may be eligible to receive additional benefits such as financial assistance to cover costs associated with training, child care, living away from home, travel assistance, commuting allowance and disability allowance.

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Adult Learning and Training Supports

Program provides individuals with financial support while they undertake training or upgrading.

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Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Board Family of Scholarship

Scholarships for Albertan registered apprentices and those graduating from the high school Registered Apprenticeship Program, the Career and Technology Studies apprenticeship pathways or pre-apprenticeship programs.

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Apprentice Financial Support

Apprentices may be eligible to receive financial assistance to help cover their expenses during technical training, such as living expenses, dependent and childcare expenses, commuting costs, travel costs for relocation to temporary residence at the beginning and end of technical training, disability related costs and living away from home costs to maintain temporary residence.

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Apprentice Income Support

Financial support in the form of a taxable grant may be used to cover the cost of tuition, books, living expenses and extraordinary living expenses for registered apprentices. The assistance is based on demonstrated financial need.

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Apprenticeship Completion Grant

A taxable cash grant available to registered apprentices who successfully complete their apprenticeship training and obtain journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade on or after January 1, 2009. To be eligible, an apprentice must be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, not in high school, and meet the application deadline. The grant is for $2,000.

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Apprenticeship Completion Signing Bonus in Non-Red Seal Trades

The apprenticeship completion bonus is a taxable cash grant of $2,000 for apprentices in non-Red Seal trades. The grant is available to registered apprentices after they obtain their Certificate of Apprenticeship and, where available, their Certificate of Qualification.

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Apprenticeship Incentive Grant

A taxable cash grant available to registered Red Seal apprentices who have successfully completed the first or second year/level. The apprentice must be registered, a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person, not in high school, in a Red Seal program designated in their region, and meet the application deadline. Grant is $1,000 per year, up to a maximum of $2,000 per person.

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Apprenticeship Scholarship

Provides up to $1,000 to support individuals who require upgrading to meet the academic eligibility requirements for their chosen trade.

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Apprenticeship Tuition Rebate

An Apprenticeship Tuition Rebate of $85 per week is available to registered apprentices once they have successfully completed a level of technical training. The apprentice receives a lump-sum rebate.

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BC Access Grant for Labour Market Priorities

This grant provides funding to students to encourage eligible students to attend high priority programs at BC public post-secondary institutions.

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Bursary for Final Year Apprentices

An apprentice in their final year of technical that demonstrates financial need is eligible to apply.

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Canada Apprentice Loan

Apprentices in Red Seal trades can apply for up to $4,000 in interest-free loans per period (up to five) of technical training. Apprentices must pass a credit check and be enrolled in block-release technical training.

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Certification Tax Credit

If an apprentice obtained a Certificate of Qualification by successfully challenging a program, they may be entitled to a BC certification tax credit.

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Funding Assistance for First Nations Bands of Manitoba Metis Federation

Indigenous individuals may receive help covering the costs of travel, tuition, books, emergencies and living away from home expenses. To be eligible, the individual must be Métis, non-status or Inuit and have lived in the region for six months.

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Gender Equality Scholarship (part of the Wage Gap Action Plan) Government of New Brunswick’s Executive Council

The Scholarship Program is intended to encourage and support those pursuing a non-traditional career at college in New Brunswick. Scholarships of up to $2,500 are awarded.

Application: http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/eco-bce/PSI/PDF/Application%20Form.pdf

Examples of non-traditional programs: http://www2.gnb.ca/content/dam/gnb/Departments/eco-bce/PSI/PDF/Eligible%20Programs%20of%20Study.pdf

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High School Apprenticeship Program Incentive

For every 220 hours of practical training (max 880) obtained as a High School Apprenticeship Program apprentice, eligible apprentices will receive a tuition exemption for one level of training (max four levels).

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Journeyperson Business Start Program

Intended to support journeypersons staring their own business in rural and northern Manitoba by providing financial support.

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Loans for Tools

New apprentices can obtain interest-free loans to help pay for tools and equipment. Loans available vary by trade ($300 for service trades; $400 for industrial trades; $400 for construction trades; $800 for motive power trades).

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New Boots: Progressing Women in Trades

A provincial network and resource hub that aims to promotesupport and mentor women in non-traditional skilled trades in New Brunswick, such as: construction, maintenance, automotive, truck and transport.

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Provincial Apprentice Completion Award

Apprentices in non-Red Seal apprenticeship programs that have 3, 4 or 5 levels of training are eligible to apply for a taxable $2,000 award once they complete all training requirements and receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship.

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Provincial Apprentice Progression Award

Apprentices in four-year designated trades can apply for a taxable $750 Provincial Apprentice Progression Award if they successfully complete all Level 3/Group C technical training.

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Provincial Assistance from Employment Manitoba

On the first day of technical/in-school training, apprentices submit an application for funding assistance. Eligible costs may include tuition, living allowance, childcare, commuting allowance, living-away-from-home allowance, travel assistance and disability allowance.

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Saskatchewan Advantage Scholarship

Every Saskatchewan grade 12 graduate (including Adult Basic Education and GED®) who enrolls at a Saskatchewan post-secondary institution is eligible to receive up to $500 per year (lifetime max of $2,000) to be applied to tuition costs.

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Saskatchewan Employees’ Tool Tax Credit

Recognizes the costs associated with purchasing, replacing and upgrading eligible tools required as a condition of their employment.

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Support to Non-Employment Insurance Eligible Apprentices During In-School Training

If apprentices do not qualify for Employment Insurance, they may apply for a grant of up to $1,500. To qualify for the grant, the apprentice must have attended class full-time, passed the level of classroom instruction at an approved facility, be a registered apprentice.

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The Alberta Heritage Scholarship Fund

Supports a number of scholarship programs.

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The Saskatchewan Graduate Retention Program

Provides a tax rebate up to $20,000 to graduates that remain in Saskatchewan and file a Saskatchewan income tax return.

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Tim McLean Memorial Fund Bursary

Indigenous apprentices with a demonstrated financial need may be eligible.

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Tradesperson’s Tool Deduction

Tradespersons and apprentices may be able to deduct the cost of eligible tools purchased in each taxation year to earn employment income as a tradesperson. Tradespersons may deduct up to a maximum of $500 for the purchase of eligible tools.

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Training Tax Credit for Apprentices

Provides refundable income tax credits for apprentices who are enrolled in programs that are administered through the Industry Training Authority. The tax credit includes three elements: the basic tax credit, the completion tax credit and the enhanced tax credit.

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Tuition Fee Income Tax Rebate

Graduates from apprenticeship programs are eligible to receive a 60% income tax rebate on eligible tuition fees.

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Youth Apprenticeship Award

Registrants in the Youth Apprenticeship Program with at least 250 hours of paid work experience recorded in their logbook may apply for a $1,000 award in their graduating year. The award is a combined $500 bursary and $500 tuition credit at Holland College.

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