In the School of Trades and Apprenticeship, we consider employers our valued partners in training and education. We pride ourselves on developing and nurturing strong and close relationships with business and industry, we listen to your needs and are committed to providing quality service.

Employers incentives and tax credits

Achievement Incentive

The Achievement Incentive grant program offers up to $4,000 to eligible employers when apprentices meet training and certification milestones, including:       

  • $1,000 milestone payments for each level of in-class training completed by the apprentice, up to a maximum of 3 levels. Milestone payments are retroactive to April 1, 2020.
  • an additional $1,000 payment once the apprentice achieves the highest level of trade certification in their respective trade, such as Certificate of Apprenticeship or Certificate of Qualification

Learn more about the Achievement Incentive       

Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC)

The Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (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.      

Learn more about the AJCTC      

Co-operative Education Tax Credit (CETC)

The Co-operative Education Tax Credit (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

Group Sponsorship Grant

The Group Sponsorship Grant gives up to $1,000,000 annually whereby employers come together using a group sponsorship arrangement to hire and train apprentices. 

In a group sponsorship arrangement, employers share apprenticeship management and training responsibilities, which can: 

  • streamline administration
  • structure and improve the quality of training
  • increase opportunities for apprentices to train in all aspects of the trade
  • reduce pressure on any one employer to see an apprentice through the completion of training
  • provide a pool of trained trade-specific workers who are well positioned to meet the needs of the labour market

The program provides grants over a maximum of three years. 

Learn more about the Group Sponsorship Grant       

Government programs

For a full list of federal government employment resources for employers hiring young workers, visit Training on the Government of Canada website.

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. 

Community Career Centre - employer recruitment services

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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. 

Community Career Centre will help match 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

Colleges and Institutes Canada (CICan) Career Launcher program

The CICan Career Launcher program connects employers with skilled students and grads by providing up to $30,000 towards an intern's salary and training expenses.

Wage subsidies

Visit the Government of Canada website for wage subsidies and other assistance programs to help you hire the right employees for your business.