Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Canadian Apprenticeship Grants Available

Canada's Apprenticeship Incentive Grant

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant, launched on Aug. 24 2007, provides a $1,000 cash grant per year to registered apprentices who have completed their first or second year in a Red Seal trade program, on or after January 1, 2007 . It will help apprentices achieve their goals by offsetting the costs of tuition, travel and tools. It is estimated that, annually, up to 100,000 apprentices in Canada will be entitled to receive this taxable cash grant.

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant is one of the measures introduced by Canada's Government to assist apprentices, tradespeople and employers in the skilled trades sector. Effective May 2006, the federal government introduced a Tradesperson's Tools Deduction to help eligible tradespeople across the country to save on the cost of work-related tools. It also introduced an Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit to provide employers with up to $2,000 per apprentice for each of the first two years of their contract.

Application forms for the grant are available at Service Canada Centres and on the Internet. Service Canada is responsible for processing the applications and delivering the cheques.

For more information on the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant, visit the following Web site:, call 1-866-742-3644 (TTY 1-866-909-9757), or visit your local Service Canada Centre.

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