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
- Four to six weeks before your class starts, apply for the Employment Program of British Columbia (EPBC) Apprentice Program Financial Supports online through the WorkBC website.
- Apprentices then must apply through Service Canada for Employment Insurance (EI).
- You can only apply a maximum of one week prior to your start of class, or your last day of work, whichever is closer to your start date.
- To collect EI Benefits you must meet the eligibility requirements set forth by Service Canada - i.e. insurable employment. Please contact Service Canada directly to determine what your specific requirements are.
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:
Questions regarding EI benefits:
Canada Apprentice Loan
The Canada Apprentice Loan is an initiative of the Government of Canada. Apprentices can apply for up to $4,000 in interest-free loans per period of technical training. For more information or to apply, visit Government of Canada - Canada Apprentice Loan.
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.