Trades and Apprenticeship

Grants and the Red Seal Program

Skilled trades offer in-demand, recognized and well-paid careers. In many skilled trades, apprenticeship training is an essential step to becoming a certified tradesperson.

The Government of Canada is offering apprentices up to $4,000 in taxable grants to apprentices registered in designated Red Seal trades. A grant is not a loan and does not need to be repaid.

Apprenticeship information for each province and territory is provided by the Red Seal Program.

What is Apprenticeship?

Apprenticeship is an agreement between a person (an apprentice) who wants to learn a skill and an employer who needs a skilled worker. Apprenticeship combines on-the-job experience with technical classroom training. For some apprentices, especially in Quebec, the classroom training can be taken upfront through the secondary school system, followed by on-the-job training.

After completing both the classroom and the on-the-job training, apprentices can receive journeyperson certification or a certificate of qualification, allowing better employment prospects and increased opportunities for mobility across Canada. Depending on the trade, it takes about 2 to 5 years as an apprentice to become a certified journeyperson. About 80% to 90% of the training is in the workplace; the rest is at a training institution.

Over 300 apprenticeship training programs are currently available across Canada. Each province and territory has its own training and certification policies and its own list of designated apprenticeship programs.