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 A reminder to all Ontario business owners that through the provincial and federal governments, there are incentives for employers - small, medium and large – when hiring an apprentice.  More information can be found on the provincial ministry’s website.

Employers looking to hire or train apprentices may be able to take advantage of funding, programs, and federal tax incentives. The government’s goal is to develop a modernized apprenticeship system that focuses on increasing completion rates, the participation of traditionally underrepresented groups and creating clearer, better pathways for apprentices.

The following is a shortlist of apprenticeship hiring and training incentives:

  • Formerly known as the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit (ATTC), GAGE (Graduated Apprenticeship Grant for Employers) is a graduated apprenticeship grant that can provide up to $16,700 for training.
  • You can receive an additional grant of up to $2,500 if your apprentice is from an underrepresented group, which means an employer can receive up to $19,200 in grants through GAGE.
  • Over 100 trades are eligible for this grant.
  • The Apprenticeship Completion Employer Bonus (ACEB) provides a $1,000 taxable cash grant for those trades not eligible for GAGE.
  • With the Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC) employers can claim a maximum of $2,000 per year for each eligible apprentice. The non-refundable tax credit is equal to 10% of eligible apprentice salaries and wages. Acceptable trades include those listed as Red Seal Trades. Unused credit may be carried back three years or carried forward 20 years.
  • The Canada-Ontario Job Grant offers employers up to $10,000 per person towards the cost of job training. Employers with 100 employees or more pay half of the training costs. Employers with less than 100 employees pay 1/6 of the training costs.

For more information regarding government hiring and training, incentives go to www.ontario.ca