Apprenticeship Information

What is apprenticeship? 

An apprentice is someone who learns a skilled trade on the job, under the direction of more experienced workers. Apprentices also complete classroom instruction as a part of their training.

Apprentices are workers, so you will need to find an employer who will train you. Employment Ontario can help you with your job search and there are online tools including the Ontario Job Bank. Apprentices must be members of the Ontario College of Trades.

Becoming an apprentice can be an important first step to learning new skills and building a rewarding career. Jobs in the skilled trades pay well, and are interesting and challenging. Plus, you earn while you learn.

You can find more information about here.  


How do I get in to it? 

  • Learn about apprenticeship options: 

Find out about the many different pathways to apprenticeship that can help you train for a career.

  • Choose a career: 

Learn how apprenticeship training works, and the kinds of careers you can choose. You can also visit the Ministry’s Career Finder to find out which jobs are in demand, and learn about many careers.

  • Learn about trade certification: 

Find out which trades require certification in Ontario from the Ontario College of Trades.

  • Find an employer: 

Many services are available to help you find an employer who may register your apprenticeship.


Can I get Money to help? 

Wages are earned while working as an apprentice between school terms. Apprentices are usually debt free for education costs. Apprentices can receive up to $4000 in grants.

Apprenticeship Cost

  • $400 for each 8 week term (most apprenticeship have 3 terms)
  • $150 for Trade Examination
  • Books and other supplies
  • Tools required to work
  • Ontario College of Trades membership fee: $60 for apprentices

Other Financial Incentives

  • Loans for Tools: up to $800 interest free
  • Tradesperson’s Tool Deduction: up to $500
  • Apprenticeship Scholarship: $1000 for individuals who require academic upgrading to meet apprenticeship eligibility requirements in a chosen trade


  • The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)
  • The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG)
  • The Apprenticeship Completion Bonus


Where can I find more information? 

The Apprenticeship Network is a group of like-minded individuals and groups working collaboratively to promote apprenticeship as a first-choice career option and to provide accurate apprenticeship information to employers, youth and job seekers in the Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford county region.

  • Get personalized advice: 

Talk to an Employment Ontario service provider in your community and find out if apprenticeship is right for you.  

Use the map feature on this website to find this service in your area.

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  • can help too: offers a search of the skilled trades based on National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, or descriptions, North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes, or descriptions, and geographies. Users will be able to view the number of people employed per year in various skilled trades in the Elgin Middlesex and Oxford (EMO) counties as well as in a few polarizing locations such as London and St. Thomas and over a time span of seven years. The users can view levels of income per skilled trade in the region or locally. Additionally, one can see which industries are hiring for the searched (targeted) skilled trades, as well as the net import (labour flow) of people working in a particular skilled trade in the local regions. Users can also identify employers which are currently hiring in the specific searched skilled trade. In addition to this, if one completes a search under the Resources tab, offers labour market reports and infographics related to skilled trades. partners with community and local organizations which offer an extensive list of training and educational resources. Among these partners we would like to mention here Fanshawe College,College BorealTriOs College, and others. 


Who do I talk to? 

Ontario. Employment Ontario - Apprenticeship Office - London Regional Office

 Phone: 519-675-7788


Fax: 519-675-7795


1200 Commissioners Rd E Unit 72, London, ON, N5Z 4R3


Tax Incentives for Employers: 

The Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC) is a non-refundable tax credit equal to 10% of the eligible salaries and wages payable to eligible apprentices associated to their employment after May 1, 2006. The maximum credit that can be claimed by an eligible employer per individual is $2,000 per year.

Next, the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit (ATTC) is a refundable tax credit available to employers who hire and train apprentices in certain skilled trades. Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administers the program on behalf of Ontario. The ATTC is based on the wages and salaries paid to an eligible apprentice, around 35-45 percent. The maximum amount of credit per eligible apprentice is $10,000 per year. The maximum credit for the first 48 months of apprentice is $40,000.

A $2,000 Apprenticeship Employer Signing Bonus (AESB) is available to Ontario Employment Service employers who hire, register and train a skilled trade apprentice as part of their participation in Employment Service job matching, placement and incentives. An initial $1,000 is advanced when an apprentice training agreement or hiring contract is signed with the ministry, followed by another $1, 000 at six months after the agreement/contract signing if the apprentice maintains its status with the same employer.