Income Support / Employment Insurance (EI)
You may be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits and/or personal support payments (daily commuting costs, living away from home, etc.) while attending apprentice training.
Note: You may start the application process 4 weeks PRIOR to your school start date. You must apply by the first day of your course. If you are late, please contact WorkBC to have your eligibility assessed.
Program Financial Supports and EI Benefit Information
Step 1: Apply for the Employment Program of British Columbia (EPBC) Apprentice Program Financial Supports online through WorkBC.
Step 2: Apply for Employment Insurance (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.
- Delay in filing an EI claim beyond four weeks after your last day of work may result in denial of benefits.
- To collect EI benefits, you must meet Service Canada's eligibility criteria.
- If you already have an active EI Claim do not reapply for EI benefits. See WorkBC's Notice to Apprentices [PDF] for instructions.
Questions regarding Apprentice Financial Supports:
Please contact your WorkBC Employment Services Centre.
Questions regarding EI benefits:
Please contact Service Canada.
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 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.