Funding: Apprenticeship Incentive Grant – Eligibility

In order to be eligible for the grant, you must have successfully completed the first year (level/block) or second year (level/block) of an approved apprenticeship program.

To be eligible for the AIG, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or a protected person
  • not be a high school student
  • demonstrate registration and completion with acceptable provincial/territorial AIG supporting documents
  • be registered with a provincial/territorial apprenticeship authority as an apprentice in a designated Red Seal trade designated Red Seal trade

Eligibility while attending school

You can apply for the AIG if you meet the eligibility requirements and you are a:

  • registered apprentice enrolled in adult learning classes
  • registered apprentice taking professional development courses, or
  • Quebec apprentice completing your vocational training

Deadline to submit an application

Progression date between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2020

  • Application deadline: 18 months from progression date (Note: 6 months extension due to the Apprenticeship Authority shutdown (Covid-19 pandemic))
  • Deadline for submitting supporting proof document(s): 12 months from application deadline


If your progression date is March 15, 2020, you have until September 15, 2021 to apply and until September 15, 2022, to provide supporting proof document(s).

Progression date January 1, 2021 or later

  • Application deadline: 12 months from progression date
  • Deadline for submitting supporting proof document(s): 12 months from application deadline


If your progression date is February 12, 2021, you have until February 12, 2022 to apply and until February 12, 2023, to provide supporting proof document(s).

British Columbia floods

If you live in British Columbia and the floods have affected your ability to apply within timelines, contact us for further guidance.

Receive the difference between the AIG and the AIG-W

Women apprentices who have progressed in their apprenticeship training between April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2023 may be eligible for the AIG-W. If you received the AIG in a trade that is eligible for the AIG-W, you may be eligible to receive the difference between the AIG-W and the AIG payment, which consists of an additional $2,000. If this applies to you, please submit an on-line application for the AIG-W in order to be assessed for eligibility.

Note: The AIG-W pilot project will end March 31, 2023. Applications will not be accepted after this date. If you progressed on or after March 31, 2022, your deadline to submit an AIG-W application is March 31, 2023. You should apply by this date, even if you have not received supporting documents from your apprenticeship authority. The deadline for submitting supporting documents is 12 months from your application deadline.

Apprentices whose first year (level/block) or second year (level/block) progression date occurs after the AIG-W pilot project ends on March 31, 2023 may be eligible for the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG).

Project funding for organizations providing supports to women wishing to pursue a career in the skilled trades will be available under the Canadian Apprenticeship Strategy.

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