Grants to Support Your Business

Employers looking to hire new apprentices can now apply for financial support through a new Canadian Apprentices Services Program (CAS) offering grants to employers, aimed at funding the hiring of first-year apprentices. The Office to Advance Women Apprentices can assist your business in applying for these grants that support 39 Red Seal trades. We encourage small and medium-sized employers to reach out to our offices, we can direct you to the organizations operating the CAS program and we can supply you with a pool of first year female apprentices.   

“Apprenticeship remains the best way to develop highly-skilled trades professionals, and these incentives grants will ensure that support is available for both the employer and apprentice as they start their apprenticeship journey.” states France Daviault, Canadian Apprenticeship Forum.  

Applications Open

These grants are now available to small and medium sized businesses who have up to 499 employees and will allow companies to hire up to two, first year apprentices – $5,000 per apprentice or $10,000 per apprentice when hiring from an equity-seeking group such as women.    

“These grants not only help employers cover the costs associated with training and support wages for apprentices early in their careers, they will also help first-year apprentices get hands-on work experience, which they need to go on to gain a Red Seal certification and a great career in the skilled trades,” says Karen Walsh, Executive Director of the Office to Advance Women Apprentices. “Our office looks forward to working with the Canadian Building Trades Union, Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, United Brotherhood of Carpenters, and other organizations who are operating this funding to assist tradeswomen gain and maintain employment in their apprenticeable trade.”

For more information about the grant, visit Employment and Social Development Programs or   or get in touch with the Office to Advance Women Apprentices in  Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba, or Saskatchewan for more support of access to our pool of qualified apprentices.

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