Funding Sources: Foundations Level
For secondary school students, the Youth Train in Trades program gives the opportunity to do a foundations program while attending high school. In addition of giving 16+ credits toward graduation, there is no tuition fees. See the District Career Teacher at Charles Hays Secondary School for more information.
TRICORP Employment, Skills & Training Services (TESTS) is an integrated approach to Aboriginal labour market programming. TESTS is designed to help Aboriginal people prepare for and find high-demand jobs quickly, as well as keep them in the long term. All Aboriginal people, regardless of status or location, may access its programs and services. For more information, contact TRICORP at (250) 624-3535 or visit their office at this address: 100 Grassy Bay Lane in Prince Rupert.
WorkBC offers financial support for training and education in high-demand careers, including trades, to people who are receiving Employment Insurance (EI) or received EI in the last 5 years. For more information, contact Hecate Strait Employment Development Society at (250) 624-9498 or visit their office located behind the Court House at 125 Market Place in Prince Rupert.
If you are of Aboriginal descent, contact your band to talk about funding possibilities. To find contact information of your Band, you can visit this website.
Funding Sources: Apprenticeship Levels
Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)
As a Red Seal Apprentice, you are eligible for an Apprenticeship Incentive Grant. It is a taxable cash grant of $1000 a year for the first two years of your training, up to a lifetime maximum of $2,000 per person. After that, you are eligible to apply for tax credits each year. For more information or to apply, please visit this website.
As an Apprentice in a non-Red-Seal program, you are eligible to apply for tax credits each year of your apprenticeship. For more information on tax credits, please visit this website.
Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG)
When you complete your Red Seal program, you can apply for the one-time taxable cash Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG) of $2,000 after you have been certified in your trade. For more information or to apply, please visit this website.
Canada Apprentice Loan
The Canada Apprentice Loan is an initiative of the Government of Canada to help you complete your apprenticeship in a designated Red Seal trade.
With the Canada Apprentice Loan, you can get up to $4,000 in interest-free loans per period of technical training. You can use the money to help pay for tuition, tools, equipment and living expenses, to cover forgone wages or to help support your family. For more information or to apply, please visit this website.
Apprentice Training Supports
Apprentices who meet Employment Insurance (EI) client eligibility requirements are eligible for financial supports through the program while participating in the classroom technical training components of their apprenticeship training. Most apprentices will have an employer sponsor with whom they are completing the on-the-job components of their apprentice training. For more information on the Apprentice Training Supports program, please visit this website.
To apply for EPBC Apprentice Financial Supports, you must follow specific instructions. These are detailed in this document: Notice to Apprentices.
Other funding and financial help opportunities
StudentAid BC offers many grants and scholarships. These are based on financial need, academic achievement, community involvement and other criteria. Some focus on special groups such as:
- B.C. Access Grant for students in high-priority trades training;
- financial assistance for students with permanent disabilities;
- financial assistance for students with dependents;
- the Student Bursary Program of the First Citizens’ Fund for Aboriginal students;
- financial assistance for students who are former youth in care between 19 and 24 years of age.
You can find more information on the grants and scholarships offered at StudentAid BC on their website.
Canada Student Grants
A Canada Student Grant is money you receive to pay for college or university that you don’t have to pay back.
If you qualify for a Canada Student Loan, you are automatically assessed for most Canada Student Grants, except the Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities, which requires a separate application. You may be eligible to receive more than one grant.
You can find more information on the Canada Students Grants on this website.
Canada Student Loans
Canada Student Loans are offered by the Government of Canada to help students pay for post-secondary education at a designated college, university, or other post-secondary institution. It is offered to eligible full- and part-time post-secondary students in most provinces and territories.
You can find more information on the Canada Students Loans on this website.