Human Resources and Social Development Canada

Human Resources and Social Development Canada

January 22, 2008 16:00 ET

Government of Canada Supports Skilled Trades With Apprenticeship Incentive Grant in British Columbia and Yukon

BURNABY, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 22, 2008) - Mr. James Moore, Member of Parliament for Port Moody-Westwood-Port Coquitlam, on behalf of the Honourable Monte Solberg, Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, today launched the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant in British Columbia and Yukon, at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Burnaby.

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant provides a $1,000 cash grant per year to registered apprentices who have completed their first or second year in a designated Red Seal trade program, on or after January 1, 2007. It will help apprentices achieve their goals by offsetting the costs of tuition, travel and tools.

"Our government is committed to creating the best-educated, most skilled, and most flexible work force in the world," said MP Moore. "The new $1,000 Apprenticeship Incentive Grant will help thousands of young apprentices every year in British Columbia and Yukon succeed and assist businesses that need staff with the right expertise."

"Skilled tradespeople play an important role in B.C.'s economy and BCIT is proud of its Trades and Apprenticeship Programs' tradition of excellence," said Mr. Wayne Hand, Acting Dean, School of Construction and the Environment. "By supporting young apprentices, we help them realize their career goals while ensuring skilled tradespeople are in place for the future."

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant is one of the measures introduced by the Government to assist apprentices, tradespeople and employers in the skilled trades. Effective May 2006, the Government introduced the Tradesperson's Tools Deduction to help eligible tradespeople across the country to save on the cost of work-related tools. It also introduced the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit to provide employers with up to $2,000 per apprentice hired for each of the first two years of their apprenticeship contract.

In Budget 2006, the Government invested more than $500 million over two years to support apprentices and skilled tradespersons, including the new Apprenticeship Incentive Grant program investment of $125 million.

Application forms for the grant are available at Service Canada Centres and on the Internet. Service Canada is responsible for processing applications and delivering cheques.

For more information on the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant, visit the following Web site:, call 1-866-742-3644 (TTY 1-866-909-9757) or visit your local Service Canada Centre.

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As a work-based system of training and certification that is well-established in Canada, apprenticeship contributes to the development of a skilled labour force. Developing and maintaining national occupational standards and examinations for the Red Seal trades help to address challenges brought about by changing labour market requirements.

Provinces and territories have the legal authority to designate trades occupations for apprenticeship and are responsible for training and certification matters.

Interprovincial Mobility

The Red Seal Program, delivered in partnership with the Canadian Council of Directors of Apprenticeship, was established in 1952 to provide greater mobility across Canada for skilled journeypersons. Most jurisdictions have participated in the program since its inception, with the exception of Quebec, which joined the program in 1971, and Nunavut, which joined the program in 1999.

The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal Program is the key to addressing mobility of skilled trade workers. The Program allows journeypersons with a Red Seal endorsement to practice their trade in any province or territory in Canada without having to write further examinations. However, in some cases, when moving from one province or territory to another, journeypersons may be required to complete a registration process prior to commencing work in a compulsory Red Seal trade.

The endorsement, a Red Seal, is affixed to a provincial/territorial Certificate of Qualification signifying the attainment of interprovincial standards for the training and certification of skilled trades workers in the designated trades and occupations. The Red Seal is acquired by writing an approved interprovincial examination and attaining a minimum mark of 70 per cent. Candidates for examination must have acquired the pre-requisite training and/or work experience for the trade specified before attempting the interprovincial examination.

There are currently 49 Red Seal trades covering approximately 88 per cent of all apprenticeships and a sizeable portion of the Canadian skilled trades work force. The Interprovincial Standards Red Seal examination is the only certification examination in all but two provinces (Alberta and Quebec). In Alberta and Quebec, an apprentice is required to write the provincial examination for certification purposes, followed by the Red Seal examination for mobility purposes.

For more information on Red Seal trades, visit

List of Red Seal Trades

- Agricultural Equipment Technician
- Appliance Service Technician
- Automotive Painter
- Automotive Service Technician
- Baker
- Boilermaker
- Bricklayer
- Cabinetmaker
- Carpenter
- Concrete Finisher
- Construction Craft Worker
- Construction Electrician
- Cook
- Electric Motor System Technician
- Electronics Technician (Consumer Products)
- Floorcovering Installer
- Glazier
- Hairstylist
- Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
- Industrial Electrician
- Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
- Instrumentation and Control Technician
- Insulator (Heat and Frost)
- Ironworker (Generalist)
- Ironworker (Reinforcing)
- Ironworker (Structural/Ornamental)
- Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic)
- Machinist
- Metal Fabricator (Fitter)
- Mobile Crane Operator
- Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint)
- Motorcycle Mechanic
- Oil Burner Mechanic
- Painter and Decorator
- Partsperson
- Plumber
- Powerline Technician
- Recreation Vehicle Service Technician
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
- Rig Technician
- Roofer
- Sheet Metal Worker
- Sprinkler System Installer
- Steamfitter/Pipefitter
- Tilesetter
- Tool and Die Maker
- Transport Trailer Technician
- Truck and Transport Mechanic
- Welder

Contact Information

  • Human Resources and Social Development Canada
    Media Relations Office
    Office of Minister Solberg
    Pema Lhalungpa
    Press Secretary