The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) helps pay for expenses while you train as an apprentice in a designated Red Seal trade. A taxable grant worth $1,000 per level, the AIG can be applied for twice during your training for a maximum of $2,000.

Eligibility Requirements for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant

The AIG is awarded to registered apprentices who have successfully completed their first year/level or second year/level of an approved apprenticeship program.

Approved apprenticeship programs include a trade that’s part of the Red Seal Program. Click here to learn if your trade is eligible.

To be eligible for the AIG, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a protected person
  • not be a high school student
  • demonstrate registration and completion with acceptable provincial/territorial AIG supporting documents
  • be registered with a provincial/territorial apprenticeship authority as an apprentice in a designated Red Seal trade

You can also apply for the AIG if you meet the eligibility requirements and you are a registered apprentice enrolled in adult learning classes, or professional development courses, or a Quebec apprentice completing your vocational training.

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W)

Female apprentices who have progressed in their apprenticeship training on or after April 1, 2018 are eligible for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W). If you received the AIG in a trade that is eligible for the AIG-W, you may be eligible to receive the difference between the AIG-W and the AIG payment, which consists of an additional $2,000. If this applies to you, you can submit an online application for the AIG-W in order to be assessed for eligibility.

How to Apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant

1. Gather your supporting documents.

Click here to learn which supporting documents you require by province or territory.

You can submit your application before having all your supporting documents in order to secure your submission date. You will have 28 days after registering online to gather and submit all of your supporting documents.

2. Gather your personal information:

  • Social Insurance Number (SIN)
  • Provincial or territorial apprentice ID number
  • Banking information for direct deposit

3. Complete your online application.

Applying online takes about 30 minutes and it takes an estimated 28 calendar days for Service Canada process and approve your application.

4. Submit your supporting documents online, by mail or in person.

Before submitting your supporting documents, make sure that you have already submitted an application.

Submitting Online:

  • Suitable document types: .pdf, .tiff, .jpg, .jpeg, .gif, .png, .bmp
  • Maximum document size: 5MB
  • File name cannot contain special characters, such as: [# % & { } < > * ? $ ! ‘ ” + `  | =]
  • If scanning or taking a photo of your document, make sure you capture the entire document as well as all pages: the top and the bottom must be visible as well as all the text in-between
  • Click here to submit your supporting documents online.

Submitting by Mail:

Apprentices registered in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, and Yukon:

Apprenticeship Grants Western Processing Centre
Service Canada Centre
Harry Hays Bldg.
220 – 4th Avenue SE Room 270
Calgary AB T2G 4X3

Apprentices registered in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia:

Apprenticeship Grants Eastern Processing Centre
Service Canada Centre
139 Douglastown Blvd
Miramichi NB E1V 0A4

Submitting in Person:

  • Call the Apprenticeship Grants toll-free number for an application form: 1-866-742-3644 / TTY: 1-866-909-9757
  • Fill out your application in pen and submit to a local Service Canada Centre or an Apprenticeship Grant processing centre. Remember to submit your supporting documents within 28 calendar days from the date you submitted your application.

The Finishing Trades Institute of Ontario offers a variety of rewarding apprenticeship programs.

Click here to learn more and apply today!