Financial and Other Support for Employers

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 and social enterprises 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.

Employers can receive up to $25,000 in funding for the duration of the apprenticeship. If the employer hires an apprentice from an under-represented group, the funding increases to $30,000.

For more details on eligibility, please see the Apprenticeship START Fact Sheet

How to Apply for START Funding

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 and social enterprises 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.

Employers can receive up to $25,000 in funding for the duration of the apprenticeship. If the employer hires an apprentice from an under-represented group, the funding increases to $30,000.

For more details on eligibility, please see the Apprenticeship START Fact Sheet

How to Apply for START Funding

Canadian Apprenticeship Service

Canadian Apprenticeship Service is a new financial incentive that is available to employers who hire new apprentices in the construction and manufacturing Red Seal trades.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Apprenticeship Services Program.

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Canadian Apprenticeship Service is a new financial incentive that is available to employers who hire new apprentices in the construction and manufacturing Red Seal trades.

Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Apprenticeship Services Program.

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ENS Financial Assistance for Apprentices (full-time technical training)

Supports for Books, Technology, Travel and Childcare – Employment NS Apprenticeship Program

Apprentices may be eligible to receive Employment Nova Scotia (ENS) funding during their training. To apply online for financial assistance to cover some or all miscellaneous costs, visit the Employment Nova Scotia – Apprenticeship Program website and click “Start now”.

  • The application is accessible via LaMPSS Online using a computer, laptop, tablet, or cell phone.
  • Eligible miscellaneous costs include accommodations, travel, childcare, books, technology measures.
  • Receipts will be required for childcare, books, technology measures.
  • You may be eligible for advanced payment for books and/or technology measures which will allow you to have funds to purchase these items before your training begins.

If you have questions on how to apply, please contact Employment Nova Scotia at 1-877-223-0888.

Supports for Books, Technology, Travel and Childcare – Employment NS Apprenticeship Program

Apprentices may be eligible to receive Employment Nova Scotia (ENS) funding during their training. To apply online for financial assistance to cover some or all miscellaneous costs, visit the Employment Nova Scotia – Apprenticeship Program website and click “Start now”.

  • The application is accessible via LaMPSS Online using a computer, laptop, tablet, or cell phone.
  • Eligible miscellaneous costs include accommodations, travel, childcare, books, technology measures.
  • Receipts will be required for childcare, books, technology measures.
  • You may be eligible for advanced payment for books and/or technology measures which will allow you to have funds to purchase these items before your training begins.

If you have questions on how to apply, please contact Employment Nova Scotia at 1-877-223-0888.

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...

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...

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...

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

Tradesperson's Tools Tax Deduction (of up to $500) and HST Rebate

Tradespersons may be able to deduct the cost of eligible tools they bought to earn employment income as a tradesperson. This cost includes any GST and provincial sales tax (PST) or HST they paid.

MORE INFO at the Canada Revenue Agency website.

Tradespersons may also be eligible for an HST Rebate.

Tradespersons may be able to deduct the cost of eligible tools they bought to earn employment income as a tradesperson. This cost includes any GST and provincial sales tax (PST) or HST they paid.

MORE INFO at the Canada Revenue Agency website.

Tradespersons may also be eligible for an HST Rebate.