Initiative aims to create more than 25,000 apprenticeship positions

The federal government has launched an Apprenticeship Service with an investment of almost $247 million in 13 projects expected to help employers offer more apprenticeship training opportunities.

The organizations being funded under the Apprenticeship Service over the next two years will distribute financial incentives and provide support to small- to medium-sized employers (SMEs) to help them navigate the apprenticeship systems, onboard apprentices in eligible Red Seal trades, and create inclusive workplaces. Incentives will be doubled for SMEs hiring apprentices from equity-deserving groups, including women, people with disabilities, Indigenous people and racialized people.

According to the government, the investment will create more than 25,000 apprenticeship positions. In addition, more than $45 million will go to the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF) for a project providing funding for SMEs to hire 4,000 first year Red Seal apprentices in construction and manufacturing trades.

“About 700,000 skilled trades workers are expected to retire in Canada by 2028,” says Carla Qualtrough, minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion. “That’s 700,000 good jobs waiting for Canadians. We need Canadians to be able to seize these opportunities, and to have the tools, training and resources they need to thrive. Apprenticeships are one of the best ways to do that.”

Ministry of Employment and Social Development Canada