Information for Apprentices Regarding Federal and Provincial Programs and Funding
Employment Insurance Benefits
To ensure that you receive your Employment Insurance benefits without delay, you should
- Apply online using the Apprentice Reference Code
( apply online at http://www100.hrdc-drhc.gc.ca/ae-ei/dem-app/english/home2.html )
- Submit all Records of Employment from employers that you have had within the last 52 weeks ( note: your claim cannot be established without your Records of Employment)
- Verify that you do not have to complete claimant reports. Even if you have requested
to be exempt from completing claimant reports, if your claim commences prior to your course start week you will be required to complete reports for the period prior to course start.
Verification can be made online at http://www1.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/ei/application/my_information_preamble.shtml or by calling 1-800-206-7218
Apprenticeship Incentive Grant
The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a taxable cash grant available to registered apprentices once they have successfully completed their first or second year/level (or equivalent) of an apprenticeship program in one of the Red Seal trades.
- Applications must be received by June 30 of the calendar year following the calendar year in which you completed the level in your apprenticeship program.
- For more information on Apprenticeship Incentive Grant call 1-866-742-3644 or go online to http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/goc/apprenticeship.shml
Tradesperson's Tools Deduction (CRA)
The new tradesperson's tool deduction provides employed tradespersons with an annual deduction of up to $500 to help cover the cost of new tools necessary to their trade. For more information call 1-800-959-8281 or go online to http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/whtsnw/tls-eng.html#q7
Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Scholarships
The Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training Scholarships provide more than 200 annual scholarships of $1000.00 each. The scholarships are designed to recognize the excellence of Alberta apprentices in a trade, and trainees in a designated occupation, and to encourage recipients to complete their apprenticeship or occupation training programs. For more information on how to apply go to
Skills Investment Grants (SI)
Sometimes Employment Insurance (EI) benefits are not enough to meet apprentice's costs while in technical training, OR the apprentice may not have worked sufficient hours to be eligible for EI. Financial assistance from the Skills Investment (SI) programs of Alberta, Employment, Immigration and Industry may be available for a registered apprentice who:
- Is attending full-time technical training as part of their apprenticeship program
- Is or is not taking advantage of available EI benefits, and
- Demonstrates financial need.
For further information on the SI grant call 1-800-222-6485 or visit your nearest Alberta Service Centre at http://www.alis.gov.ab.ca/ec/cp/cs/abcareer.html