Setting Up Apprentices and Employers for Success

Published on March 24, 2021

The government is helping employers hire and train more apprentices so that they can become the fully certified journeypersons we need.

Our new $23 million Achievement Incentive Program will provide over 11,000 employers in the construction, industrial, service and other sectors with up to $4,000 in funding per apprentice as they reach key training milestones.

For example, a hair salon, restaurant, childcare centre or autobody shop could receive a $1,000 payment once their apprentice reaches a new in-class training level or receives the highest level of trade certification.

Employers, especially small businesses, are critical to training the next generation of workers in the skilled trades, and we encourage more of them to participate in apprenticeship programs.  

The application for the Achievement Incentive is available now to eligible apprenticeship sponsors who will receive an email from the ministry with a web link to apply electronically through a secure one-time application. Payments to qualifying sponsors will be retroactive to training milestones achieved since April 1, 2020.

Apprenticeship Capital Grants:

The government recently announced an investment of $24 million in the Apprenticeship Capital Grant to help those who deliver training modernize their equipment and upgrade facilities so they can better train job-ready apprentices. This is a $10 million increase to help prepare more skilled trades workers for jobs and boost Ontario’s economic recovery and growth.

Examples include new virtual reality training equipment and simulators, new tools or upgraded accessibility supports, all of which help apprentices acquire the skills they need to be job ready.

These initiatives are part of the government’s Skilled Trades Strategy, which includes reducing the stigma related to a career in the skilled trades, simplifying the apprenticeship system, and encouraging business participation.

By the Numbers:

$47 million – combined amount of the Achievement Incentive and Capital Grants.

$23 million – the government investment in the Achievement Incentive to support eligible employers with apprentices who have met the specific in-class and trade certification milestones retroactive to April 1, 2020. 

Over 11,000 – employers who will benefit from the Achievement Incentive.

$24 million – amount of Apprenticeship Capital Grant annually.

Nearly 1 in 3 – the share of journeypersons in 2016 who were aged 55 or over.

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