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Employer Signing Bonus

The $2,000 Employment Signing Bonus encourages employers in the trades to register new apprentices in sectors where there is a high demand for skilled workers. This initiative will assist employers to hire and register apprentices who have left school and require upgrading to meet the registration standards for apprenticeship trainings

For more information & eligibility please contact: Employment Ontario hotline at 1-800-387-5656 or click here.

Graduated Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (GAGE) - NEW!

This provides payments to employers who hire (sponsor) and train apprentices in 130 eligible trades.

Eligible employers will receive an automatic payment as their apprentice completes each level of training and when they achieve their Certificate of Apprenticeship or Certificate of Qualification.

Eligible employers can receive up to $19,200 per apprentice over the period of the apprenticeship.

This includes a $500 bonus for eligible employers for each completion milestone an apprentice finishes if the apprentice is from an underrepresented group.

For more information & eligibility: please click here.

Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC)

This is a non-refundable tax credit equal to 10% of the eligible salaries and wages payable to eligible apprentices in respect of employment after May 1, 2006.

The maximum credit an employer can claim is $2,000 per year for each eligible apprentice. If your business hires an "eligible apprentice", you qualify to claim the credit.

For more information & eligibility: please click here.

Pre-Apprenticeship Work Placement Subsidy

Students who attend our Pre-Apprentice program need to complete a minimum of 8 weeks to a maximum of 12 weeks (or 280 - 420 hours) work placement. Employers/Contractors who participate and hire a student will receive government subsidy of up to $1950 per student.

For more information & eligibility: please contact our office today!

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP)

Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) is a School to Work program that opens the door for students to explore and work in apprenticeship occupations starting in Grade 11 or Grade 12 through the Cooperative Education program.

OMTC participates in this program and will need assistance in finding the students a CO-OP job placement in the trade. If you are an interested employer willing to take on an OYAP Student, please contact our office.

For more information & eligibility: please contact our office today!

Benefits of Hiring Apprentices

  • Participating in an apprenticeship program ensures you will have an employee that is not only trained to provincial industry standards but also understands your unique workplace conditions
  • Apprenticeship training allows you to benefit from the government-supported in-class training portion of the program, while supporting your future workforce needs and those of your industry.
  • An apprenticeship program allows your company to have a pool of experienced employees of different ages which will help you plan your future workforce needs due to expansion plans or retirements of older trades persons.
  • Recruiting potential apprentices through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) can be a cost-effective solution to training and retaining young workers.
  • A recent survey of apprentices found that participants developed a loyalty to the company that hired them, which leads to a more stable workforce.
  • Your advantage is that you are training an apprentice to meet industry standards and the demands you set for your company.