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 through the Apprentice Online Portal (AOP) no later than your first day of class. As an apprentice going to school the AOP application authorizes the approval for your Employment Insurance application. Any application submitted after your first day of class on the AOP 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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Note: If you are on a regular EI claim prior to starting apprenticeship training you still must apply using the Apprentice Online Portal. Once you are provided with your reference code (from the AOP), contact Service Canada to advise you are an Apprentice going to school, provide your training dates and the 16 digit reference code.

Questions regarding Apprentice Financial Supports (from the AOP):

Enquiry BC
Victoria: 250-387-6121
Vancouver: 604-660-2421
Elsewhere in BC: 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.