Apply for funding for the Investments in Training Equipment Stream under the Union Training and Innovation Program

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Application period

You can apply between August 3, 2021 and September 14, 2021 at 3:00 pm Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

Eligible organizations may submit more than one application for funding.

Description of the funding

The Investments in Training Equipment Stream aims to increase union investment in training equipment and materials that meet industry standards or investments in new technology.

More information is available on the Union Training and Innovation Program page.


We will fund projects that demonstrate gaps or needs for trades training equipment and/or materials to meet industry standards or investments in new technology for Red Seal apprentices and/or non-registered apprentices.

Here are some examples of equipment and/or materials that you can buy:


To apply, organizations must meet all the following eligibility criteria.

Eligible applicants

Your organization must be 1 of the following types:

Organizations in the province of Québec cannot apply for this funding. The Government of Canada has partnered with the Government of Québec. Together they have implemented a program that accounts for the unique features of Québec’s apprenticeship system.

Eligible projects

Your project must meet all of the following criteria:

How we assess your application

We will review your application in 3 steps by:

  1. screening for eligibility against the mandatory eligibility requirements (in questions 3 to 9, 55 and 67 in the Applicant Guide)
  2. assessing how your project meets the program objectives (in questions 55 to 58, and 69 to 71 in the Applicant Guide and the Budget Detail template)
  3. considering priorities to select the projects (in question 55-56 in the Applicant Guide)


It is important to submit a complete application. Make sure you have all the documents you need before you apply. If your application is incomplete, we will notify you by email. You will have 5 business days to submit the missing information. If your application is not complete by that time, we will reject it from the process.

Screening for eligibility

We will assess your project only if all of the following eligibility requirements are met and the necessary documentation has been provided:

Project assessment

We will assess your application based on the following criteria:

Project objectives

Describe how the project addresses gaps or needs for training equipment and/or materials for apprentices and/or non-registered apprentices Red Seal trades.

Project activities, timelines and feasibility

Projects results

Project costs


We will give priorities to projects that:

Steps to apply

Gather your supporting documents and information

Decide how to apply

PDF form help

Our application form uses PDF form technology. You must have a PDF reader installed to use the form correctly. There are several readers available on the Internet for free that support our form:

Adobe Reader 8 or higher, for example:

After you have applied

Contact us

If you have questions, email us at

We will answer any questions sent before September 12, 2021 at 3:00 p.m EDT.

If you need any accessibility related accommodation, please email us at with the details. We want to accommodate all of your needs in line with accessibility standards. We will accept accessibility requests until September 7, 2021 at 3:00 p.m EDT.

Information sessions

We will hold an information session on August 17, 2021.

You can participate online or by teleconference. If you are interested, send an email to

In your email, specify your preferred language (English or French) and if you need accommodations. We will provide you with the instructions on how and when to attend.


Environmental skills

Examples of environmental skills are:

Lack of infrastructure

A situation where a difficulty to access resources and facilities limits employment opportunities and apprenticeship in the trades. This could be small organizations with limited resources or minimal infrastructure such as:

This could also be a lack of:

Limited partnership opportunities

A situation where establishing partnerships can be more difficult. This could happen because of a limited number of employers and training institutions, or agreement holders competing for available partners. Remote and isolated regions can have limited presence of partners such as:

Non-registered apprentices

Non-registered apprentices are persons who are not registered with the applicable provincial or territorial authority as an apprentice for formal apprenticeship training in a designated trade within their provincial or territorial jurisdiction.

Red Seal Trades

A Red Seal endorsement on a journey person's Certificate of Qualification confirms:

There are 55 recognized Red Seal Trades.

Remote location

A geographical area where a community is located over 350 km from the nearest service centre that has year-round road access. This could include geographical areas that have scheduled flights and good telephone services, but are without year-round road access. For example:

Training equipment and training material

Training equipment must be for long-term use, such as:

Training materials are usually for short-term use. They are often transformed during the process. Apprentices and journey persons can use training materials to practise on during training. An example is sheet metal to practise welding.
Training equipment and materials must meet industry standards on the job site. Used equipment is not eligible, but refurbished equipment that aligns with industry standards is eligible.

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