Skills development and training

Skills development and training are key components in hiring and retaining employees. The programs listed here include tax credits, training activities, and a skills tool kit for employers.

  • Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit: This refundable tax credit helps corporations and unincorporated businesses employ apprentices in certain skilled trades during the first 36 months of an apprenticeship program. The Canada Revenue Agency administers the program on behalf of provinces through the federal income tax system.
  • Labour Market Agreement Program: Through these agreements, Government of Canada funding enables provinces and territories to design, deliver and manage skills and employment programs for unemployed Canadians, particularly for those who are eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.
  • Essential skills, tools, and resources: The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills has developed free and easy-to-use tools that can help employers address essential skills challenges. Support is offered in three key areas: assessment, learning, and training.
  • Canada Job Grant: The Canada Job Grant is an innovative, employer-driven approach to help Canadians gain the skills and training they need to fill available jobs. It can provide up to $15,000 per person for training costs, which includes up to $10,000 in federal contributions.

Other Government of Canada programs