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Employer Financial Incentives

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


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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Paid Work Experience Tax Credit

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

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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.

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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.

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Skills PEI

Provides a temporary wage subsidy to employers providing an opportunity to a job seeker.

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START Program

Encourages small businesses to hire Nova Scotians requiring work experience. Financial incentives can be used to pay wages, mandatory employment-related costs, training costs or other costs related to hiring a new employee.

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The Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC)

A refundable credit for employers hiring apprentices in the first 24 months of their Red Seal program. The AJCTC is equal to 10% of the eligible salaries and wages payable to eligible apprentices, up to $2,000 per year.

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The Employer Completion Bonus

Employers can earn a $1,000 taxable cash grant for each apprentice they employ and train who completes his or her apprenticeship, receives a Certificate of Apprenticeship and where, applicable, a Certificate of Qualification.

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The Employer Signing Bonus

A $2,000 signing bonus is available to employers who hire, register and train an apprentice as part of their participation in the Employment Service program.

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The Employer’s Training Tax Credit

A refundable tax credit for employers of apprentices enrolled in programs administered by 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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The Ontario Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit

Refundable tax credit of up to $5,000 per year.

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The Workplace Apprenticeship Program Tax Credit for On-the-Job-Training

A tax credit for qualified employers who provide on-the-job training for an apprentice enrolled in the Workplace Apprenticeship Program (WAP) or a student enrolled full-time at a recognized educational institution.

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The Yukon Business Incentive Apprentice Rebate

A rebate given to employers equal to 15% of the gross wages paid to an apprentice on an eligible project.

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Training On-the-Job Program

Provides a wage subsidy to small and medium employers to hire and train unemployed or under-skilled workers. Training can be up to 52 weeks, may be delivered on the job site, with a training provider or both. Employers are expected to hire the trainee when training ends.

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