Apprenticeship Support Project

Working to Seal a Better Future!

The Apprenticeship Project will assist Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to hire first-year apprentices in one of the 39 Red Seal trades.

  1. Are you an Employer seeking to hire a first year apprentice or currently have an employee you would like to enroll in the apprenticeship system?
  2. Are you a first year apprentice seeking employment?

A $5,000 incentive is available for employer to hire a first year apprentice.

 An additional $5,000 is available for hiring of an individual from an equity-deserving group.

This project is open to everyone!

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If you are interested in applying, please email ASP@FPDINC.CA

Are the supports through FPDI for Indigenous employers and apprentices only?

No. The supports are available for all small and medium-sized employers and any individual looking to become an apprentice in one of the Red Seal trades.


Who can access the FPDI Apprenticeship Support initiative?

All small and medium-sized employers with 499 or less paid employees.

SMEs can hire up to two, first-year Red Seal apprentices per fiscal year for a potential incentive of $20,000.


FPDI Support

Financial Support to SMEs

  • $5,000 to help pay for upfront costs such as salaries and training of first-year apprentice
  • Additional $5,000 for SMEs for hiring from an equity-deserving group

Additional Supports

  • To help employers participate in the the apprenticeship system, supports could include help to navigate the apprenticeship system, on-board apprentices and creating welcoming workplaces.

What are the Red Seal Trades?

  • Boilermaker
  • Bricklayer
  • Cabinetmaker
  • Carpenter
  • Concrete Finisher
  • Construction Craft Worker
  • Construction Electrician
  • Drywall Finisher and Plasterer
  • Floor-covering Installer
  • Gasfitter – Class A &B
  • Glazier
  • Heavy Equipment Operator (Dozer, Excavator, Tractor-Loader-Backhoe)
  • Industrial Electrician
  • and more!

For the full list of Red Seal trades in Canada visit: Government of Canada

Please contact us if you are an employer wanting more information about the project or if you are a person looking to begin an apprenticeship.

Are you an employer that is ready to apply to the apprenticeship support program? If so please select the button below and fill out an application.

Frequently Asked Questions

(e.g., they were a general labourer in the company before registering as a first-year apprentice)

Yes – as long as the employee became a first-year Red Seal Apprentice after the company entered into an agreement with FPDI and an agreement between the company and the employee has been registered with the Apprenticeship Branch.

Yes – as long as the employee became a first-year Red Seal apprentice in a different trade after an agreement was signed with FPDI – it is acceptable that the apprentice was previously an apprentice in a different trade.

Yes – as long as the employee is not currently employed by another employer at the time that the small and medium-sized employer hires them, and they still qualify as a first-year Red Seal apprentice (did not progress to the next level), it is acceptable to hire an apprentice that was previously apprenticing with another employer.

Yes – it is acceptable to hire an apprentice if the employee is registered with a union as a first year apprentice, whether or not the union is the official employer and paying the apprentice’s salary.

If the employer is the union (paying the apprentice’s salary), and provided that the union meets all the requirements to qualify as a small and medium-sized employer under the Apprenticeship Service program (i.e., must have 499 paid employees or less at the time that it receives the funding) then the union would receive the financial incentive. If the employer is paying the apprentice’s salary, regardless of whether the apprentice is registered by the union, then the employer would receive the financial incentive and additional supports.

Financial supports will be paid as follows:

  • First payment of $5,000 made to the small and medium-sized employer after an Agreement is signed with FPDI and a new first-year apprentice is hired. Note that the apprentice cannot be hired before an agreement is signed.
  • Second payment of $5,000 made to the small and medium-sized employer if the first-year apprentice voluntarily attests to being from at least one of the equity-deserving groups

A copy of the registered apprenticeship training agreement between the apprentice and the employer will be required by FPDI.

The list of groups where the additional $5,000 applies includes:

  • women,
  • persons with disabilities,
  • Indigenous people,
  • Members of the LGBTQ2+ communities,
  • newcomers, and
  • visible minorities.