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Apprentice Funding

For designated Red Seal trades, there is a variety of government funding available, including a loan with an interest-free period and grants. 

Canada Apprentice Loan

The Canada Apprentice Loan is an initiative of the Government of Canada to help you complete your apprenticeship in a designated Red Seal trade.

Since January 2015, you can apply for up to $4,000 in interest-free loans per period of technical training. The money will be available to you to help pay for tuition, tools, equipment and living expenses, to cover forgone wages or to help support your family.

Visit the Canada Apprentice Loan Online Service for more details and to apply online.

Apprenticeship Grants

Apprentices in a Red Seal trade have access to monies while they are in training. Up to $4,000 in federal apprenticeship grants are available in two types: the ​Incentive Grant and the Completion Grant.

The ​Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year or per level, up to a maximum​​ amount of $2,000 per person.

To be eligible for the AIG, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person;
  • not be a high school student;
  • have the required AIG supporting documents;
  • be registered with your provincial/territorial apprenticeship authority as an apprentice in a designated Red Seal trade; and
  • provide proof that you have successfully completed either the 1st and/or 2nd year or level (or equivalent) in a designated Red Seal trade.

The deadline to apply is June 30 of the calendar year after you have completed the first and/or second year or level. Click here for more information on how to apply for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant

The ​Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) is a taxable cash grant of $2,000 for registered apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain their journeyperson certification.

To be eligible for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant, you must: 

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person;
  • ​not be a high school student;
  • have the required Apprenticeship Completion Grant supporting documents;
  • show that you have completed an apprenticeship program as a registered apprentice in a designated Red Seal trade; and
  • provide proof of your journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade.​

​The deadline to apply is June 30 of the calendar year after you have completed your apprenticeship and receive your journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade. Click here for more information on how to apply for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant

For more information on eligibility, read the definitions for apprenticeship programs.

Visit Support for Apprentices for information on more programs available to help apprentices complete their training and for employers who wish to hire and train apprentices.

If you are not receiving any other type of funding, loan or grant, you can also apply for a Northern Lakes College Tuition Bursary​​​. You can find the application and other award information on our Scholarships and Awards page.