Governments at the provincial/territorial level and federally offer a number of financial incentives to help employers who hire and train apprentices.

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Canada Job Grant

Intended to support employers who offer skills training to help employees train for a new or better job. Grants of up to $10,000 for direct training costs, with employers generally expected to contribute one-third. Flexibility may be available for small businesses.

Employer Wage Incentive One-job Pledge

In an effort to retain young professionals, employers are able to access a wage incentive when they hire a recent post-secondary graduate in a job related to their studies.

Employer Wage Incentive – Workforce Expansion

This program builds employer/employee relationships which promote the development of our unemployed by gaining skills that ultimately result in long-term sustainable full-time employment. The component also aims at encouraging the hiring of individuals from select groups.

JobsNL Wage Subsidy Program

Provides a 50% subsidy to a maximum of $8/hour for between 10 and 26 weeks, with maximum funding per position of $7,280.


For journeypersons, management, operations and administration staff, this course teaches how to provide effective on-the-job mentorship, featuring a simple and easy-to-remember tool mentors can apply to every lesson. The M.E.N.T.O.R. Approach is a highly interactive session with multiple exercises to keep action-oriented tradespeople engaged.

New Employer Hiring Grant

A $1,000 grant accessible to employers who are engaging in apprenticeship for the first time and have not previously employed an apprentice.

NEW – Graduated Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (GAGE)

The Graduated Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (GAGE) provides payments to employers who hire and train apprentices in 130 eligible trades.

Paid Work Experience Tax Credit

Employers can claim a percentage of apprentices and newly certified journeypersons wages up to a maximum dollar amount.

Programme d’incitatifs à la formation des femmes en entreprise

The Commission de la construction du Québec (CCQ) program encourages employers to hire women by providing up to 30% of the apprentice’s salary for a maximum of 52 weeks or $10,000. The incentive requires an agreement to be established between the CCQ and the company.

Shipbuilding and Ship Repair Industry Training Tax Credit

Based on wages an employer pays an eligible apprentice before December 31, 2019. The tax credit is refundable, but must first be applied against total income tax payable. An eligible employer’s principal business is constructing, repairing or converting ships. Eligible apprentices are registered with the Industry Training Authority and enrolled in an eligible program.