The apprenticeship completion bonus in non-Red Seal trades is a taxable cash grant of $2,000. The grant is available to registered apprentices after they successfully complete their apprenticeship training and obtain their Certificate of Apprenticeship and, where available, their Certificate of Qualification in any Ontario non-Red Seal trade, on or after April 1, 2009.
This completion bonus was a new apprenticeship budget initiative announced by the provincial government in the fall of 2009 as part of the government's plan to strengthen Ontario's apprenticeship and skilled trades system and ensure Ontario has the skilled workers it needs to succeed in tomorrow's economy. This initiative is designed to:
To be eligible an individual must:
An individual is not eligible:
The federal government offers the Apprenticeship Completion Grant for apprentices who complete their training in Red Seal trades. Find out more on the Service Canada website.
MTCU will mail eligible apprentices a form to complete indicating their eligibility for the bonus. Apprentices who have completed their training from April 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009 will have 180 days from the date on the application letter to return their application to MTCU. Apprentices who have completed their training after December 31, 2009 will have a 180 day time limit from the date of issuance on an apprentice's Certificate of Apprenticeship or Certificate of Qualification to return their application to MTCU. Any application received following the 180 day time limit will not be eligible for the Bonus.
Contact the toll-free Employment Ontario Hotline at 1-800-387-5656, TTY (telephone service for the deaf) 1-866-533-6339 for the phone number and location of the apprenticeship office in your area. Newcomers to Ontario can ask for this information in the language of their choice.