The Canadian Apprenticeship Service (CAS) is an initiative where Small and Medium-sized Enterprises with less than 500 employees may be eligible to receive funding for hiring new, first-year apprentices in eligible Red Seal trades in the construction and industrial and/or manufacturing sectors.
A financial incentive in the amount of $5,000 will be provided to eligible employers when they hire new first-year apprentices in one or more of the 39 construction and/or manufacturing Red Seal trades. The incentive is a one-time payment for each new first‑year apprentice. Employers do not need to apply for funding; eligibility will be assessed upon completion of an approved apprenticeship agreement.
An additional $5,000 will be issued if the apprentice voluntarily self-identifies with at least one of the six following Equity-Deserving Groups: Women, Indigenous Peoples, Newcomers, Persons With Disabilities, Visible Minorities, and 2SLGBTQ+.
Note: The apprentice is encouraged to indicate all of the groups that are applicable.
The employer may be eligible to receive financial incentives for hiring a maximum of two, new first‑year apprentices each fiscal year to a maximum financial incentive of $20,000. The program is available from June 30, 2022, to March 31, 2023; and from April 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024. For more information, or to register an apprentice and access this financial support, contact your Apprenticeship Counselor or the apprenticeship office in your region.
This initiative, funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Apprenticeship Services Program, will enable further consistency in the apprenticeship systems across the Atlantic Region, building on the rapid growth of the skilled‑trades sector. Additional supports will be provided to participating employers to create safe, health and inclusive workplaces.
CAS – Eligible trades in New Brunswick:
- Construction Craft Worker
- Construction Electrician
- Industrial Electrician
- Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
- Instrumentation and Control Technician
- Insulator (Heat and Frost)
- Ironworker (Generalist)
- Ironworker (Reinforcing)
- Landscape Horticulturist
- Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic)
- Metal Fabricator (Fitter)
- Mobile Crane Operator
- Powerline Technician
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
- Sheet Metal Worker
- Sprinkler Fitter