Incentive / Tax Credits
Graduated Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (GAGE)
Employers can get up to $19,200 to train an apprentice in 130 eligible trades, if their apprentice:
- achieves key milestones – like completing on-the-job and classroom training
- receives final certification – either a Certificate of Apprenticeship or a Certificate of Qualification
- is from an underrepresented group, such as women, Indigenous peoples, francophones, people with disabilities, newcomers or visible minorities
Apprenticeship Completion Employer Bonus
Employers can apply for this $1,000 taxable cash grant when their apprentice has:
- completed all required classroom and on-the-job training
- received final certification
- either a Certificate of Apprenticeship or a Certificate of Qualification, depending on the trade
Federal Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC)
The AJCTC is a non-refundable tax credit equal to 10 per cent of the salaries and wages paid to eligible apprentices. The maximum credit is $2,000 per year for each eligible apprentice.
Ontario Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit (OATTC)
In the 2017 Ontario Fall Economic Statement, the government proposed to transform the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit (ATTC) into a new Graduated Apprenticeship Grant for Employers (GAGE). Learn more about the GAGE.
The ATTC would be eliminated for employers in respect of apprentices in apprenticeship programs who are registered after November 14, 2017. Employers with apprentices who have already registered in an apprenticeship program on or before November 14, 2017 would continue to be eligible to receive the ATTC for these apprentices for up to 36 months. Learn more.
Apprenticeship Employer Signing Bonus
Employment Ontario Employment Services Employers (EOES)
A $2000 Apprenticeship Employer Signing Bonus (AESB) is available to Employment Ontario Employment Services employers (EOES) who hire, register and train an EOES participant apprentice as part of his/her participation in ES Job matching, Placement and Incentives.
- An initial $1,000 payment when an individual's apprenticeship training agreement or apprenticeship contract is signed/registered with the Ministry
- A final $1,000 payment six months from the apprenticeship signing/registration date if the apprentice is still working and training with the same employer
To learn more about eligibility for the Apprenticeship Employer Signing Bonus, please contact the Conestoga Career Centre or email firstname.lastname@example.org and an employer liaison will be available to assist you.
Co-operative Education Tax Credit (CETC)
The CETC is a refundable tax credit for employers equal to 25 per cent (30 per cent for businesses with payrolls less than $400,000) of the salaries and wages paid to eligible post-secondary students in a qualifying co-op work placement that is at least 10 consecutive weeks.
A maximum tax credit of $3,000 is available per student, per four-month qualifying work placement.
Learn more about the CETC.
Visit www.youth.gc.ca for a full list of federal government employment resources for employers hiring young workers.
Contact us for more information on Trades and Apprenticeship programs at Conestoga or further details on incentives for employers and apprentices.
Placement & Employment Opportunities
Co-op and Graduate Employment Opportunities
The Co-op and Career Services Department facilitates recruitment of Conestoga students from a number of programs on an ongoing basis.
Conestoga Career Centre - Employer Recruitment Services
Training incentives may be available for eligible employers committed to providing work-related training and development that prepares individuals to perform the full responsibilities of the job.
Training incentives are designed to offset some of the employer's cost of training and encourage them to retain the participant after the placement ends.
Conestoga Career Centre will assist in matching youth and employers to meet training goals. For more information, please visit our Employer Services website.
For more information on Trades and Apprenticeship programs at Conestoga or further details on incentives for employers and apprentices, please email our employer liaison and student recruiter staff.