- A taxable grant worth $3,000 per level is given to registered apprentices as part of the AIG-W programme.
- To apply for the AIG-W, you must complete your first year or level (or the equivalent).
- During your training, you may apply twice for this grant (up to a maximum of $6,000).
- After completing your second year/level (or equivalent) of training, you can submit an application for your second AIG-W.
Authority over apprenticeship
Each province and territory has a governing body in charge of apprenticeship. This entity typically functions as a division of each provincial or territorial Department/Ministry of Education and Training, with control over the apprenticeship program’s certification, regulation, and training requirements in their respective jurisdictions. A trade-specific to the Red Seal Program: a profession covered by the Red Seal Program.
A certificate for apprentices or a certificate of proficiency is awarded to craftspeople who complete a trade’s requirements and pass the certification exam or complete an apprenticeship program.
You will have advanced once you have finished your apprenticeship program’s technical and on-the-job training. Through the supporting documents you submit with your application, we can verify your progress.
How do you know if you’re eligible?
You must have successfully completed the first (level/block) or second (level/block) of an approved apprenticeship programme on or after April 1, 2018, in order to qualify for the grant.
You must: in order to be qualified for the AIG-W.
- be a protected person, permanent resident, or Canadian citizen.
- not be enrolled in high school; prove enrolment and completion with valid provincial or territorial AIG-W supporting documents.
- be registered as an apprentice with a provincial or territorial apprenticeship authority in a Red Seal trade that has been designated as having a low representation of women.
AIG-W eligibility is not permitted for the following 5 designated Red Seal trades:
- Technician for parts (Parts person)
- self-describe as female
Are you eligible if you’re in school?
If you are enrolled in a course or if you are a student and meet the eligibility requirements, you may apply for the AIG-W.
- registered apprentice taking adult education courses
- either a registered apprentice taking courses for professional development or a Quebec apprentice finishing their training
Get the AIG for women from the AIGs:
The AIG-W may be available to female apprentices who advance in their apprenticeship training on or after April 1, 2018. You might be qualified to receive the $2000 difference between the AIG-W and the AIG payment if you acquired the AIG in a trade that qualifies for the AIG-W. If this applies to you, please fill out an online AIG-W application so that your eligibility can be determined.
How to apply?
Organize Your Supporting Data
In order for Service Canada to evaluate your application, you must submit supporting documentation.
Get in touch with your provincial or territorial apprenticeship issuing authority if you don’t have your supporting documents. To guarantee your submission date, though, kindly submit your application.
A 28-day window following the submission of your application will be used to receive your documents; otherwise, your application will be marked as incomplete. This means that until your supporting documents are submitted, you won’t hear anything about your file.
To check the documents required in your province, click here.
Collect Your Personal Data
Ensure you have the following data before submitting your application:
- Banking information for direct deposit
- Social Insurance Number (SIN)
- Provincial or territorial apprentice ID number
Please include your supporting documents with your application if you have them in electronic format. The time it takes Service Canada to decide and handle your application is approximately 28 calendar days. Application processing times are only an estimate for those that are comprehensive, error-free, and contain all necessary supporting documents. It takes about 30 minutes to apply online.
Your application will be deemed incomplete if we don’t receive your supporting documents within 28 days. This means that until your supporting documents are submitted, you won’t hear anything about your file.
- Upload, mail, or hand-deliver your supporting documentation as appropriate.
Verify that you have already submitted an application before submitting any supporting documents.
Within 28 days of submitting your application, you must use one of the 3 methods listed below to send us your supporting documents.
- After submitting your application previously or concurrently. Make sure to get your paperwork ready in advance:
- acceptable file formats include.pdf,.tiff,.jpg,.jpeg,.gif,.png, and.bmp
- 5MB is the maximum document size.
- Special characters like [# percent &> *? $!'” +’| =] cannot be used in a file name.
- When scanning or taking a photo of your documents, please make sure to include all of the pages and the entire document: The entire text must be readable, including the top and bottom.
If applying by mail:
Apprentices who have mailed in their registration forms in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Saskatchewan, and Yukon:
Western Processing Center for Service Canada Center for Apprenticeship Grants
Calgary, Alberta, T2G 4X3 Harry Hays Building, 220, 4th Avenue Southeast, Room 270
New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, and Nova Scotia apprentices registered:
Eastern Processing Center for Apprenticeship Grants Service Canada Center 139 Douglastown Boulevard Miramichi, New Brunswick E1V 0A4
Find out if the Service Canada Center closest to you is open.
How Does the Aig-w Affect Benefits Under Employment Insurance?
As an apprentice, you might be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits if you:
- have between 420 and 700 hours of paid work, and you must also be eligible to file a claim.
- The Women’s Apprenticeship Incentive Grant is not regarded as compensation for work. Your EI benefits are not impacted by it. These grants are not required to be disclosed in your EI reports.
To apply for an apprenticeship incentive grant for women in Canada, click here.