Fees and Financial Supports (Awards, Grants, Loans)

 Fees  Fees

 FEES for apprenticeship training programs, exams, trade qualification, ID card renewals, etc.

 Marine Service Technician: Beginning Thursday August 4, 2016 until August 31, 2017, the Trade Qualifier fee of $740.77 for individuals wishing to write the Marine Service Technician Certification Examination will be waived; the regular examination fee of $148.18 will be charged. As well, for the same time period, the Apprentice Registration fee of $148.18 will be waived; the Photo ID Card fee of $14.89 will be charged.The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency is providing this opportunity to promote certification and to build capacity of journeypersons and apprentices in this trade.

 Employers: Financial Supports  Employers: Financial Supports

START Program

The objective of the Apprenticeship START program is to encourage employers to register and employ apprentices. The program offers a $2,500 incentive grant and $5,000 annually for each year an employer has an apprentice (for qualifying employers).  MORE INFO...

Top-up Your Apprentice's Loss of Wages

Employers may top up an apprentice's loss of wages while the apprentice is attending technical training, and this allowance is not considered as earnings to be deducted from EI benefits.  MORE INFO at the Service Canada website...

Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit

The Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit is a non-refundable tax credit available to employers equal to 10% of the eligible salaries and wages payable to eligible apprentices in respect of employment after May 1, 2006. The maximum credit is $2,000 per year for each eligible apprentice.  MORE INFO at the Canada Revenue Agency website...

Records of Employment (ROE) for Your Apprentices

Employers can now complete and submit apprentices' Records of Employment (ROEs) online.  MORE INFO at the Service Canada website...

 Apprentices: Awards, Grants, Loans, EI and Other Financial Supports  Apprentices: Awards, Grants, Loans, EI and Other Financial Supports

Awards, Grants and Loans

$1,000 Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) (for levels 1 & 2)

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a federal taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year which is available to apprentices who have successfully completed their 1st or 2nd year in a Red Seal trade.

  • To qualify for the 1st year grant of $1,000, successfully complete Level 1/Group A technical training and 1,800 hrs
  • To qualify for the 2nd year grant of $1,000, successfully complete Level 2/Group B technical training and 3,600 hrs

 Apply for the AIG as soon as you receive your official Record of Progress from the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, as there are application deadlines associated with the grant. If you have any questions, please contact your Training Consultant.

$750 Provincial Apprentice Progression Award (for level 3, and 4 if applicable)

Apprentices from all designated trades which have four-level apprenticeship programs can apply for a taxable $750 Provincial Apprentice Progression Award if they successfully complete all Level 3/Group C technical training on or after January 1, 2009.

Apprentices in five-level apprenticeship programs can apply for a taxable $750 Provincial Apprentice Progression Award if they successfully complete all Level 3/Group C technical training on or after January 1, 2009. They can apply for another award if they successfully complete all Level 4/Group D technical training on or after January 1, 2009.

Awards will be processed twice yearly:

  • For clients who meet criteria and apply between January and June, award will be processed in September.
  • For clients who meet criteria and apply between July and December, award will be processed the following April.

 Apply for the Provincial Progression Award. Applications must be received within six months of achieving eligibility.

$2,000 Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) for Red Seal Trades

Apprentices in Red Seal trades are eligible to apply for the taxable Apprenticeship Completion Grant. Apprentices who have successfully completed all requirements of their program and have passed the Red Seal Exam will be eligible to receive a grant of $2,000. The Certificate of Apprenticeship (with Red Seal endorsement) which is issued to all completing apprentices will be the proof of eligibility. Apprentices can apply for this grant starting July 2, 2009, with eligibility retroactive to January 1, 2009.

 Apply: Forms & info are available on Service Canada's website or by phone: 1-866-742-3644 (TTY: 1-866-909-9757).

$2,000 Provincial Apprentice Completion Award for non-Red Seal Trades

From January 1, 2009 forward: Apprentices in non-Red Seal apprenticeship programs that have 3, 4 or 5 levels of training are eligible to apply for a taxable $2,000 Provincial Apprentice Completion Award once they complete all training requirements and receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship.

Awards will be processed twice yearly:

  • For clients who meet criteria and apply between January and June, award will be processed in September.
  • For clients who meet criteria and apply between July and December, award will be processed in April.

 Apply for the Provincial Completion Award. Applications must be received within six months of achieving eligibility.

$4,000 Canada Apprentice Loan (up to $4,000 Annually)

The Canada Apprentice Loan is available to help registered Red Seal apprentices cover the cost of their training. The Government of Canada offers apprentices registered in a Red Seal Trade apprenticeship program up to $4,000 per period of technical training.  MORE INFO at the Employment and Social Development Canada website...

EI Benefits

Apprentices will be paid a wage for their experience on the job and they will have the opportunity to apply for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits when they begin apprenticeship technical training.  MORE INFO...

Youth Apprenticeship

Youth Apprentices are exempted from the registration fee.

Financial Assistance to Cover Miscellaneous Costs

Costs associated with training, child care, living away from home, travel assistance, commuting allowance and disability allowance: In addition to EI, there are other benefits that you may qualify for, such as financial assistance to cover costs associated with training, child care, living away from home, travel assistance, commuting allowance and disability allowance.

Approximately three weeks prior to your scheduled training, the Agency will mail a class acceptance letter to you. Apply for these financial allowances as soon as you receive this class acceptance letter.

  • Apply: Visit Employment Nova Scotia's website and download the application package available under the heading "While attending training...". Complete and mail, fax or drop-off at the Employment Nova Scotia Office closest to you.
  • Since the application for additional financial assistance is separate from the application for EI benefits, please ensure that you have an EI claim (existing or new).
  •  Although every effort is made to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, apprentices should consult the official source of information about additional financial assistance.

Tradesperson's Tools Deduction of $500

The Tradesperson's Tools Deduction provides employed tradespersons with an annual deduction of up to $500 to help cover the cost of new tools necessary for their trade. The deduction applies to the total cost of eligible tools if:

  • the total cost exceeds $1,000;
  • the tools were purchased after May 1, 2006;
  • the purchase was made by an employed tradesperson.

 MORE INFO at the Canada Revenue Agency website...