Canadian employers can get up to $10,000 for hiring a new first-year apprentice! 

Find out if your company qualifies for the new CLAC Apprenticeship Support Program (CASP) and how you can register today!

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Funded by the Government of Canada's Apprenticeship Service

Available Funding

$5,000 for hiring a new first-year apprentice, plus an additional $5,000 if they are a member of an underrepresented group in the trades.

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Who Qualifies

This program is for small-to-medium sized businesses that hire apprentices in the construction or manufacturing trades.

Do I Qualify?

How to Register

To qualify for the funding, you must sign a CASP agreement before you register the apprentice.

How to Sign Up
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Available Funding

$5,000 is available for qualifying employers who hire a new first-year apprentice in one of 39 construction and/or manufacturing Red Seal trades.

An additional $5,000 is available if the apprentice self-identifies to being from at least one of the following groups:

  • Women
  • Indigenous people
  • Newcomers to Canada
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Visible minorities
  • LGBTQ2+ individuals

Employers are eligible for funding for up to two new first-year apprentices per fiscal year (April 1 – March 31).

In addition to funding, CLAC offers assistance with recruiting, onboarding, and retaining apprentices by providing resources and training to employers, including training on creating inclusive workplaces.

Who Qualifies

Your company must have fewer than 500 paid employees per CRA business number. If your company has multiple divisions with multiple business numbers, each division with fewer than 500 employees may qualify.

The apprentice must be a first-year apprentice enrolled in one of the following 39 Red Seal trades:

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How to Register

To qualify for the funding, you must sign a CASP agreement before you hire and/or register the apprentice.

The program cannot provide funding retroactively.

Why Choose CASP?

CASP is administered by CLAC, a Canadian organization with established networks of employers and other partners across the country. However, CASP is a separate program from CLAC, focused on supporting apprenticeship development across the country, regardless of union affiliation. We offer 

  • supports on recruiting, hiring, onboarding, and retaining apprentices to participating employers,
  • a comprehensive leadership development program to  participating employers at no charge. It covers leadership foundations, communication, mentoring and coaching techniques, and supporting diverse and inclusive workplaces, and 
  • a high level of quality customer service.