Awards, Grants, Loans, etc.

ENS Financial Assistance (full-time technical training)

Please contact Employment Nova Scotia for information on the following supports.
 ENS Toll Free: 1-877-223-0888

  • Weekly payments
  • Lump-sum (one-time) Payments
  • Advanced payment for early purchases
  • Reimbursement for previously-made purchases
$1,000 Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG) for completing Levels 1 & 2 in Red Seal trades

Eligibility for Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG): Apprentices must have completed the first year (level) or second year (level) of a Red Seal trade.

  • AIG is not payable when AIG-W has been paid for same trade/level. See below for information about AIG-W.
  • 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 Industry Training Consultant or the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency at 902-424-5651 or 1-800-494-5651.
  • To access the online application or to receive more information about deadlines, eligibility, supporting documentation, etc., please visit the Government of Canada website or call 1 866 742-3644 (TTY: 1 866 909-9757).
$3,000 Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W) for Levels 1 & 2 in Red Seal trades

Eligibility for Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W): Apprenticeship Incentive Grant for Women (AIG-W) announced in the Federal Budget 2018 is a five-year pilot that will better target existing Apprenticeship Grants funding towards improving the economic outcomes for women. Apprenticeship Grant eligibility is limited to apprentices registered with a provincial/territorial/certification authority in a Red Seal trade.

Apprentices must have completed the first year (level) or second year (level) of an approved apprenticeship program having low female representation*. The AIG-W will have a lifetime maximum amount payable of $6,000 to eligible apprentices.

  • Apprentices who self-identify as a woman on the application guide may be eligible for AIG-W.
  • Hairstylist, Baker, Cook, Partsperson and Landscape-Horticulturist are excluded from AIG-W; women apprentices in these trades remain eligible for AIG.
  • To access the online application or to receive more information about deadlines, eligibility, supporting documentation, etc., please visit the Government of Canada website or call 1 866 742-3644 (TTY: 1 866 909-9757). Apply for the AIG-W 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 Industry Training Consultant or the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency at 902-424-5651 or 1-800-494-5651.
$750 Provincial Apprentice Progression Award

Awards and grants are issued based on available funding.

Apprentices in a designated non-Red Seal trade can apply for a taxable $750 Provincial Apprentice Progression Award if they successfully complete a level of apprenticeship training. Each level of a provincial trade completed will be eligible except the final level of the trade because the apprentice is then eligible for the Provincial Completion Award.

Apprentices in a Red Seal trade can apply for a taxable $750 Provincial Apprentice Progression Award if they successfully complete Level 3 of their apprenticeship program. This does not apply if the trade is 3 levels because they are eligible for the Completion Award.

Apprentices in a designated non-Red Seal trade 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. Apprentices in provincial and Red Seal trades must apply for their progression and completion awards within 90 days of becoming eligible.

Apply for the Provincial Progression Award.

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

Apprentices must have completed their apprenticeship program on, or after, January 1, 2009 and must have passed the Red Seal Exam. The ACG will have a lifetime maximum amount payable of $2,000 to eligible apprentices. 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 (of up to $4,000 interest-free, 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...

Employment Insurance Benefits during technical training sessions

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 during technical training

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 Tax Deduction (of up to $500) and HST Rebate

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..

Tradespersons may also be eligible for a HST Rebate on the the purchase of new, required tools.

Overview of Government of Canada Supports