CISC Canadian Apprentice Hiring Incentive

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The Canadian Institute of Steel Construction (CISC), working in partnership with the Federal Government of Canada, is providing financial incentives to small to medium sized organizations to hire first year apprentices. One of the many tools in the toolbox to increase the number of top level skilled trades supporting our industry sector into the future.

Refer to list of trades that are available for incentives from the CISC. Note these are both manufacturing and construction (field) based apprentice trades.

Canada’s Apprentice Hiring Incentive Partner
Up to $ 10,000 per new Apprentice

Trades Administered by the CISC

  • Boilermaker – Construction
  • Boilermaker – Manufacturing
  • Construction Craft Worker – Construction
  • Glazier – Construction
  • Industrial Electrician – Manufacturing
  • Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) – Manufacturing
  • Instrumentation and Control Technician – Manufacturing
  • Ironworker Generalist – Construction
  • Ironworker Reinforcing – Construction
  • Ironworker S/O – Construction
  • Machinist – Manufacturing
  • Metal Fabricator (Fitter) – Manufacturing
  • Mobile Crane Operator – Construction
  • Roofer – Construction
  • Sheet Metal Worker – Construction
  • Sheet Metal Worker – Manufacturing
  • Sprinkler Fitter – Construction
  • Steamfitter/Pipefitter – Construction
  • Steamfitter/Pipefitter – Manufacturing
  • Tool and Die Maker – Manufacturing
  • Tower Crane Operator – Construction
  • Welder – Construction
  • Welder – Manufacturing

Employer Requirements

(refer to Enrolment Agreement for full details)

  • Company with less than 499 paid employees at time of enrolment
  • Have not yet hired the apprentice (before signing Enrolment Agreement)
  • Enrol online with the CISC
  • Has completed and signed the Enrolment Agreement
  • Employer completes one hour diversity training after enrolment
  • Submits copy of apprenticeship agreement with Apprenticeship Authority for given hired apprentice
  • Provides electronic banking information for payment
  • Has newly hired apprentice enrol and complete questionnaire in program portal

Incentive Criteria

  • Maximum 2 apprentices per Period (April to March)
  • $5,000 per qualified apprentice
  • $5,000 bonus if the apprentice self-identifies with at least one of the designated Equity-Deserving Groups (total net incentive of $10,000)
  • Program ends March 2024

Equity-Deserving Groups

Apprentices with in the following groups make the employer eligible for a total incentive of $10,000 per apprentice:

  • Women
  • Indigenous people
  • Newcomers to Canada
  • Persons with disabilities
  • Visible minorities
  • LGBTQ+