Income Support / Employment Insurance (EI)

You may be eligible for employment insurance benefits and/or personal support payments (daily commuting costs, living away from home, etc.) while attending apprentice training.

Important - Classes starting April 1, 2013 onward: You must apply for Apprentice Financial Supports online no later than your first day of class. As an apprentice going to school the online application authorizes the approval for your Employment Insurance application. Any application submitted after your first day of class will not be approved. As a result, you will not be approved for Employment Insurance while attending school.

Program Financial Supports and EI Benefit Information

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Step 2:

If you already have an Active EI Claim: Do not re-apply for EI Benefits. If you currently have an active EI claim and will be submitting EI claimant reports to Service Canada in the two weeks prior to attending school, you have a Continuing Claim. On your claimant report, you must indicate that you are attending Apprenticeship Training. To ensure there is no interruption in your EI Benefits, you must immediately contact Service Canada and provide Service Canada with the 16 digit Apprentice EI Reference Code and apprentice training start and end dates.

Questions regarding Apprentice Financial Supports:

Service BC
Phone: 1-800-663-7867

Questions regarding EI benefits:

Service Canada
Phone: 1-800-206-7218

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant is a taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year. It is available to registered apprentices once they have successfully completed their first or second year or level of an apprenticeship program in a Red Seal trade. For more information, please visit Service Canada - Apprenticeship Grants.

Apprenticeship Completion Grant

The Apprentice Completion Grant is a taxable cash grant of $2000 for registered apprentices who complete their apprenticeship training and obtain their journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade. For more information, please visit Service Canada - Apprenticeship Grants.