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Income Support & Employment Insurance (EI)

You may be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits and other financial support payments to cover your expenses while attending apprentice training.

Applying for Employment Insurance (EI)

If you meet Service Canada’s eligibility criteria, you can apply for Employment Insurance (EI) while attending apprentice training.

Applying for EI is a two-step process. You must complete both steps to receive benefits.

Step 1: Apply for Apprentice Financial Support

Apply for Apprentice Financial Support through WorkBC. You will receive a 16-digit code needed to apply for Employment Insurance. You may start your application four weeks prior to your program start date.

Have questions about Apprentice Financial Support? Contact Work BC.

Step 2: Apply for EI

Apply for EI through Service Canada one week prior to your start of class or your last day of work, whichever is closer to your start date. You must file your EI claim within four weeks from your last day of work.

If you have an active EI claim, do not reapply. Follow Step 1, and then contact Service Canada to provide them with your reference code and training dates. On your EI claimant report, indicate that you are attending apprentice training.

Have questions about EI? Contact Service Canada.

Financial Support

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 Incentive Grant.

Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women is a taxable cash grant of $3000 per year/level to further support women in entering, progressing in, and completing their training in Red Seal trades where women are underrepresented. For more information, please visit Service Canada – Apprenticeship Incentive Grant.

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 journey person certification in a designated Red Seal trade. For more information, please visit Service Canada – Apprenticeship Completion Grant.

Other financial opportunities

The BCIT Alumni Association provides opportunities and partnerships for BCIT apprenticeship students who require financial options for their training. Find out more.