Type of Program:
Canadian Apprenticeship Service (CAS) is a new initiative where Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) with less than 500 employees may be eligible to receive funding for hiring new, first-year apprentices in Red Seal trades in the construction and industrial/manufacturing sectors. Additional supports will be provided to participating employers to create safe, healthy, and inclusive workplaces. Canadian Apprenticeship Service is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada.
Comments on Funding:
A financial incentive in the amount of $5,000 will be provided to eligible employers. An additional $5,000 will be issued if the apprentice voluntarily attests to being from at least one of the equity-deserving groups. The employer may be eligible to receive financial incentives for hiring a maximum of two new first-year apprentices per fiscal year, to a maximum financial incentive of $20,000.
When It Ends:
To be eligible for Canadian Apprenticeship Service, the employer must agree to the following terms and conditions:
Employers do not need to apply for funding. Once an apprenticeship agreement is signed between the employer and the apprentice, the apprenticeship agreement will be assessed and if eligible, funding will be dispersed to the employer.
No specific documentation has been identified.
Other Things to Note:
Canadian Apprenticeship Service is funded by Employment and Social Development Canada. CAS complements Nova Scotia’s Apprenticeship START program, which also provides employer incentives for hiring and progressing apprentices, including added incentives for hiring individuals from equity-deserving groups. Employers in Nova Scotia are eligible for blended funding through both programs.