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Canadian Disability Apprenticeships - Information & Fact Sheets

  • Synopsis: Published: 2015-10-19 (Rev. 2016-11-05) - Information regarding apprenticeship programs, training, and grants for persons with a disability in Canada. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Ian Langtree at Disabled World.

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"The Government of Canada provides up to $4,000 in federal apprenticeship grants to help you progress in or complete your apprenticeship training."

In Canada there are many federal programs that support persons with disabilities in obtaining employment opportunities.

Through the Opportunities Fund, the Government is taking action to break down barriers that prevent Canadians with disabilities from reaching their full potential. Support is provided for local, regional and national projects to assist people with disabilities who have little or no labor force attachment to prepare for, obtain and keep jobs or to become self-employed, thereby increasing their economic participation and independence.

Quick Facts Relating to Canadian Apprenticeships:

Certified journey-persons - Can earn a higher wage and work anywhere in Canada. A Journey-person certification is a certificate issued to tradespeople who successfully complete an apprenticeship program or who meet all the requirements of a trade and attain the prescribed pass mark on the certification exam.

Progression - To demonstrate progression, you must have completed both the technical and on-the-job training within your apprenticeship program.

Red Seal Program - A designated Red Seal program trade is a trade that has been designated by the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship for inclusion in the Inter-provincial Standards Red Seal Program.

Provinces - Each province and territory has its own governing body in charge of apprenticeship. Information regarding apprenticeship programs and benefits available in your province or territory can be found below.

List of Red Seal Trades by Canadian Province:

  • Alberta - tradesecrets.alberta.ca/learn-on-the-job/whats-an-apprenticeship/
  • British Columbia - www.workbc.ca/Employment-Services/Apprenticeship-Training-Supports/How-to-apply.aspx
  • Manitoba - www.gov.mb.ca/tce/apprent/index.html
  • New Brunswick - www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/post-secondary_education_training_and_labour/Skills/content/ApprenticeshipAndTrades.html
  • Newfoundland and Labrador - www.aes.gov.nl.ca/app/
  • Northwest Territories - www.ece.gov.nt.ca/advanced-education/apprenticeship-trades-occupation-certification
  • Nova Scotia - nsapprenticeship.ca
  • Nunavut - nni.gov.nu.ca/taopportunities
  • Ontario - www.tcu.gov.on.ca/eng/employmentontario/training/
  • Prince Edward Island - www.gov.pe.ca/ial/index.php3
  • Quebec - www.emploiquebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/citizens/developing-your-skills-and-having-them-recognized/vocational-qualification/voluntary-qualification/on-the-job-training/
  • Saskatchewan - saskapprenticeship.ca
  • Yukon - www.education.gov.yk.ca/trades_apprentice.html

Support - The Canadian Support for Apprentices web site provides information to help apprentices complete their training in a Red Seal trade and for employers to help support the apprentices they hire and train - www.esdc.gc.ca/en/support_apprentices/index.page

How to Become an Apprentice in Canada -www.esdc.gc.ca/en/support_apprentices/become_apprentice.page

Apprenticeship Grants - Canada

The Government of Canada provides up to $4,000 in federal apprenticeship grants to help you progress in or complete your apprenticeship training.

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

  • Apprenticeship Grants
    www.esdc.gc.ca/en/support_apprentices/grants.page
  • Canada Apprentice Loan
    www.esdc.gc.ca/en/support_apprentices/loans.page

Employers:

The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of the skilled trades and the value of employers who provide apprenticeship training, and has several supports in place such as:

  • Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit.
  • Job Bank for Employers (for free job posting and HR services)
  • Employment Insurance Supplemental Unemployment Benefit Program


Related Information:

  1. U.S. Disability Apprenticeship Information & Fact Sheets - Ian Langtree - (2015-10-18)
  2. Australian Disability Apprenticeships - Information & Fact Sheets - Ian Langtree - (2015-10-19)
  3. U.K. Disability Apprenticeships - Information & Fact Sheets - Ian Langtree - (2015-10-19)

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