Apprenticeship Completion Grant - FAQ - Financial Information

Am I eligible for Employment Insurance benefits as an apprentice?

You may be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits while you attend technical training if you have worked enough hours and satisfy all the other eligibility requirements to establish an EI claim.

For more information, visit our EI section or phone our general enquiries line at 1-800-206-7218.

Will the Apprenticeship Completion Grant affect my Employment Insurance benefits?

No, the Apprenticeship Completion Grant is not considered earnings from employment, so it does not affect your Employment Insurance (EI) benefits. You do not need to include these grants in your EI reports.

How do I get my tax information slip (T4A) for the Apprenticeship Completion Grant?

If you receive the Apprenticeship Completion Grant, you will receive a T4A slip in the mail in February of the year following the date of the payment. If you are a Quebec resident, you will receive a Relevé 1 with your T4A. The tax slip will be sent to the street address you provided on the Apprenticeship Completion Grant application form. If your street address has changed since receiving your grant cheque, call Service Canada at 1-866-742-3644 (TTY: 1-866-909-9757) or visit your nearest Service Canada Centre.

If you do not receive a T4A tax information slip, if your slip is lost, destroyed, or stolen, or if you require a duplicate slip, call Service Canada at the number above and request a duplicate. You will need to provide your Social Insurance Number, full name, and complete mailing address.

Can my grant be affected by a Family Order Agreement?

Yes, if it is registered with the Department of Justice, some or all of your federal payments can be redirected by a Family Order Agreement.

What is a Family Order Agreement?

A Family Order Agreement (FOA) is a garnishment application from provincial authorities that is applied to federal payments such as Employment Insurance benefits, income tax refunds, and Canada Pension Plan payments. An FOA is applied to you if you have a family support obligation under the Family Maintenance Enforcement programs. It is designed to redirect all or part of federal payments to your family support obligations.

What is a garnishment?

A garnishment is the lawful seizing of money by a third party that is owed by the person who is in default of a debt such as, in the case of an FOA, family support payments. These monies are then transferred to the former partner/spouse or child/children. A garnishment happens when the Federal Department of Justice Family Orders and Agreements Enforcement Assistance Unit is required by law to intercept your payment.

Please visit the Provincial and Territorial Family Maintenance Enforcement Programs Web site for more information.

You can also call the Automated Information System:

Toll-free: 1-800-267-7777
TTY: 1-800-267-7676