Forms, Reports and Financial Supports

Forms, Reports and Financial Supports

 Forms  Forms

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  • SUBMIT ONLINE means you complete and submit the form online. Payments (required for some forms) require a valid debit or credit card - VISA, MasterCard or American Express. Alternatively, if your employer has agreed to be invoiced, select the invoice option on the form.
  • SUBMIT VIA MAIL means you electronically-fill the form, then print and submit via mail or walk-in. Payments (required for some forms) are accepted at all offices, and include debit/credit; certified/business cheques; or money orders made payable to the “Minister of Finance”. Alternatively, if your employer has agreed to be invoiced, you can select the invoice option on the form. NOT accepted: American Express, cash and personal cheques.
  • Blank forms can be provided if you experience any difficulties completing the forms. Please contact your Industry Training Consultant or call the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency's General Inquiries line.
  • The forms can be submitted using a variety of web browsers (including Internet Explorer version 8 or higher).

FORMS

  1. Apprenticeship TRANSFER Forms and Process: To Work in Nova Scotia  SUBMIT ONLINE OR  SUBMIT VIA MAIL
  2. Apprenticeship TRANSFER Forms and Process: To Work in Another Province  SUBMIT ONLINE OR  SUBMIT VIA MAIL
  3. Award Application (Provincial Apprentice Progression Award):  ONLINE OR  MAIL
  4. Compliance Complaint Form (Apprenticeship Regulations):  ONLINE OR  MAIL
  5. Landscape Industry Certified Tech Program: Information
  6. Procurement Project (Apprenticeship) Form: Information
  7. Ratio INCREASE Form:  ONLINE OR  MAIL
  8. Ratio VERIFICATION Form:  ONLINE OR  MAIL
  9. Reinstatement Form (Apply to be reinstated as an apprentice):  ONLINE OR  MAIL
  10. Release of Information Form:  ONLINE OR  MAIL
  11. Technical Training Enrolment Form:  ONLINE OR  MAIL
  12. Update Your Contact Information:  ONLINE OR  MAIL
 Reports  Reports
 Fees  Fees

 FEES for apprenticeship training programs, exams, trade qualification, ID card renewals, etc.

 EMPLOYER SUPPORTS: START, Tax Credits, etc.  EMPLOYER SUPPORTS: START, Tax Credits, etc.

START Program

The objective of the Apprenticeship START program is to encourage employers to register, retain and support their apprentices to completion during their apprenticeship journey. The START program has a focus of small to medium-sized businesses/organizations including not-for-profits, social enterprises and JRA holders (JRA employers only - an employer is someone who hires an apprentice permanently) that have business locations and jobs in Nova Scotia. Companies with headquarters outside of Nova Scotia are eligible to apply only if they also have a physical location in Nova Scotia.

Eligibility for START Funding

The new apprentice whom an employer registers must:

  • Be from a recognized under-represented group, including women (in non-traditional trades), African Nova Scotians, Aboriginal Nova Scotians, immigrants or persons with physical disabilities; OR
  • Be working for an employer located in a rural area. Note: “Rural” is defined by Statistics Canada as having a population of 10,000 or less. Therefore, rural areas in Nova Scotia are all areas outside of Halifax, Truro or Sydney. As of 2016, Halifax (which is all of HRM) has a population of 403,131; Truro, 12,261; and Sydney, 29,904.

How to Apply for START Funding

Top-up Your Apprentice's Loss of Wages

Employers may top up an apprentice's loss of wages while the apprentice is attending technical training, and this allowance is not considered as earnings to be deducted from EI benefits.  MORE INFO at the Service Canada website...

Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit

The Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit is a non-refundable tax credit available to employers equal to 10% of the eligible salaries and wages payable to eligible apprentices in respect of employment after May 1, 2006. The maximum credit is $2,000 per year for each eligible apprentice.  MORE INFO at the Canada Revenue Agency website...

Records of Employment (ROE) for Your Apprentices

Employers can now complete and submit apprentices' Records of Employment (ROEs) online.  MORE INFO at the Service Canada website...

Apprenticeship Procurement Project

The Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, in partnership with the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal and the Construction Association of Nova Scotia, is introducing requirements where contractors bidding on provincially-funded construction projects must be engaged in the Apprenticeship Program.  MORE INFO...

 APPRENTICE SUPPORTS: Awards, Grants, Loans, etc.  APPRENTICE SUPPORTS: Awards, Grants, Loans, etc.

 Click Here to Find Out About Government of Canada Supports 


$1,000 Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) (for levels 1 & 2)

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) is a federal taxable cash grant of $1,000 per year which is available to apprentices who have successfully completed their 1st or 2nd year in a Red Seal trade.

  • To qualify for the 1st year grant of $1,000, successfully complete Level 1/Group A technical training and 1,800 hrs
  • To qualify for the 2nd year grant of $1,000, successfully complete Level 2/Group B technical training and 3,600 hrs

 Go to the Government of Canada Website and Apply for the AIG as soon as you receive your official Record of Progress from the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency, as there are application deadlines associated with the grant. If you have any questions, please contact your Training Consultant.

$750 Provincial Apprentice Progression Award (for level 3, and 4 if applicable)

 Awards and grants are issued based on available funding.

Apprentices from all designated trades which have four-level apprenticeship programs can apply for a taxable $750 Provincial Apprentice Progression Award if they successfully complete all Level 3/Group C technical training.

Apprentices in five-level apprenticeship programs can apply for a taxable $750 Provincial Apprentice Progression Award if they successfully complete all Level 3/Group C technical training. They can apply for another award if they successfully complete all Level 4/Group D technical training.

Awards will be processed twice yearly:

  • For clients who meet criteria and apply between January and June, award will be processed in October.
  • For clients who meet criteria and apply between July and December, award will be processed the following April.

 Apply for the Provincial Progression Award. Applications must be received within six months of achieving eligibility.

$2,000 Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) for Red Seal Trades

Apprentices in Red Seal trades are eligible to apply for the taxable Apprenticeship Completion Grant. Apprentices who have successfully completed all requirements of their program and have passed the Red Seal Exam will be eligible to receive a grant of $2,000. The Certificate of Apprenticeship (with Red Seal endorsement) which is issued to all completing apprentices will be the proof of eligibility.

 Apply: Forms & info are available on Service Canada's website or by phone: 1-866-742-3644 (TTY: 1-866-909-9757).

$2,000 Provincial Apprentice Completion Award for non-Red Seal Trades

 Awards and grants are issued based on available funding.

Apprentices in non-Red Seal apprenticeship programs that have 3, 4 or 5 levels of training are eligible to apply for a taxable $2,000 Provincial Apprentice Completion Award once they complete all training requirements and receive a Certificate of Apprenticeship.

Awards will be processed twice yearly:

  • For clients who meet criteria and apply between January and June, award will be processed in October.
  • For clients who meet criteria and apply between July and December, award will be processed in April.

 Apply for the Provincial Completion Award. Applications must be received within six months of achieving eligibility.

$4,000 Canada Apprentice Loan (up to $4,000 Annually)

The Canada Apprentice Loan is available to help registered Red Seal apprentices cover the cost of their training. The Government of Canada offers apprentices registered in a Red Seal Trade apprenticeship program up to $4,000 per period of technical training.  MORE INFO at the Employment and Social Development Canada website...

EI Benefits

Apprentices will be paid a wage for their experience on the job and they will have the opportunity to apply for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits when they begin apprenticeship technical training.

While participating in apprenticeship technical training, you may be entitled to income support through Employment Insurance (EI) benefits from Service Canada.

Employers can now complete and submit apprentices' Records of Employment (ROEs) online.  MORE INFO at the Service Canada website...

Existing Claim (If you are already in receipt of EI benefits, or to re-open an existing claim)

  • Approximately 6 weeks prior to scheduled training, the Agency will mail a class acceptance letter to you.
  • Immediately contact or visit your local Service Canada office to advise them you will be attending apprenticeship technical training. (Service Canada may ask to see your class acceptance letter).

New Claim

  • You can apply for Employment Insurance benefits online at Service Canada.
  • In the online application you will be prompted to enter a reference code. Please refer to your course scheduling package for this number.

 Although the information on this page may be accurate, apprentices should consult Service Canada, the official source of information about Employment Insurance.

Youth Apprenticeship

Youth Apprentices are exempted from the registration fee.

Financial Assistance to Cover Miscellaneous Costs

In addition to EI, there are other benefits that you may qualify for, such as financial assistance to cover costs associated with training, child care, living away from home, travel assistance, commuting allowance and disability allowance.

Approximately three weeks prior to your scheduled training, the Agency will mail a class acceptance letter to you. Apply for these financial allowances as soon as you receive this class acceptance letter.

  • Apply: Visit Employment Nova Scotia's website and download the application package available under the heading "While attending training...". Complete and mail, fax or drop-off at the Employment Nova Scotia Office closest to you.
  • Since the application for additional financial assistance is separate from the application for EI benefits, please ensure that you have an EI claim (existing or new).
  • Although every effort is made to ensure that the information on this page is accurate, apprentices should consult the official source of information about additional financial assistance.

Tradesperson's Tools Deduction of $500

The Tradesperson's Tools Deduction provides employed tradespersons with an annual deduction of up to $500 to help cover the cost of new tools necessary for their trade. The deduction applies to the total cost of eligible tools if:

  • the total cost exceeds $1,000;
  • the tools were purchased after May 1, 2006;
  • the purchase was made by an employed tradesperson.

 MORE INFO at the Canada Revenue Agency website...

Miscellaneous