Overview

Apprentices get training on the job. You earn money while you learn.

There are periods of training, however, where you are focused on your studies, and are not working on the job site. You are responsible for paying for this training.

There are many ways to meet the costs of this part of your apprenticeship training.

Employment Insurance

You may be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) during your technical training. This support is provided by the Government of Canada.

Apply as soon as you stop working to ensure you get these benefits when you need them.

If you have applied for — or are already receiving EI benefits you must give the Canada Revenue Agency the information they need about your technical training to process your application.

Read about Employment Insurance for apprentices.

Apply online for Employment Insurance.

Loans and grants

You can apply for apprenticeship loans through:

When you apply for loans through Alberta Student Aid, you are also automatically considered for some grant opportunities.

Read more about loans, grants and tax benefits for apprentices.

Federal grants

The Government of Canada offers 3 apprenticeship grants:

  1. Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for apprentices who have completed their 1st and/or 2nd year or level (or equivalent) in a designated Red Seal trade
  2. Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women that are training in Red Seal trades where women are underrepresented
  3. Apprenticeship Completion Grant for registered apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain their journeyperson certificate

You need to apply to be considered for federal grant programs for apprentices.

Read more about federal grants for apprentices.

Scholarships

More than 900 scholarships are awarded to apprentices and occupational trainees every year.

Scholarships can help you pay for your technical training. You need to apply to be considered for a scholarship.

Scholarships are also available for high school students attending the Registered Apprenticeship Program (RAP) and Career and Technology Studies (CTS).

Applications and eligibility criteria vary by scholarship program.

Read about scholarship opportunities for apprentices.

Apprentice Training Award

A $1,000 financial award is given to registered apprentices who are:

  • unemployed in their trade and
  • attending technical training at an Alberta-approved technical training provider

This award helps reduce financial barriers and supports apprentices as they work towards their journeyperson certification.

Read about the Apprentice Training Award, including eligibility details and how to apply.

Contact

To connect with Apprenticeship and Industry Training:

Hours: 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 1-800-248-4823 (in North America)
Phone: 1-403-476-9757 (International)
Fax: 780-422-3734

Find an Apprenticeship and Industry Training Office near you.