Apprenticeship Incentive Grant - FAQ - Applying

Is there a deadline to apply?

Yes, there is a deadline! Service Canada must receive your application and the required supporting documents no later than June 30 of the calendar year following the date you progressed in your apprenticeship program.

Deadlines for submitting AIG applications

Proof of progression for both technical and on-the-job training Deadline for submitting AIG
January 1 to December 31, 2011 June 30, 2012
January 1 to December 31, 2012 June 30, 2013

Online application: Once you have submitted your online application, you must mail your documents to an Apprenticeship Grant processing centre or deliver them to a Service Canada Centre near you. We must receive them no later than 28 days (four weeks) after your online application. For mailed documents, be sure the postmark Footnote 1 date is on or before the deadline.

Paper application: If you are using a paper application, you can bring your application and required supporting documents to a Service Canada Centre or you can mail your application and documents. For mailed documents, be sure the postmarkFootnote 1 date is on or before the deadline.

Note: If you are re-applying or resubmitting your application, Service Canada may honour the original postmark date (the date stamped on your application when you first applied).

What should I do if I cannot submit my supporting document before the June 30th deadline?

Service Canada must receive all AG applications on or before June 30th of the calendar year following the date you progressed in your apprenticeship program. If you do not have the required supporting documents, contact your provincial or territorial apprenticeship authority and submit your online application or your paper application on or before June 30th. Service Canada will honour the date of your online application or the postmark Footnote 1 date on your mailed application. Please submit your supporting document as soon as possible. Your supporting documents must be received no later than 28 days (four weeks) after the date of receipt of your application.

Am I still eligible if I have received an incomplete application notification because I did not submit my supporting documents?

If your original application was submitted on or before the June 30 deadline of the calendar year following the date you progressed in your apprenticeship program, Service Canada will honour your original date. Please re-submit your application and supporting document as soon as possible.

I need help completing my application.

If you need help with the application form, call 1-866-742-3644 (TTY: 1-866-909-9757) or visit a Service Canada Centre near you.

Do I need to complete a separate application form for each year/level (or equivalent)?

Yes, a separate application is required for each grant that is being requested.

How long will it take to process my AIG application?

Once we have received your complete application and all required supporting documents and you are deemed eligible, you can expect the grant payment to be processed in 28 calendar days.

Why apply online?

Applying online is easy and secure:

  • You can complete the application from any computer with Internet access.
  • The online application form has a help feature to make it easy to fill out.
  • The online application form will be automatically updated to match the application requirements for your province/territory.
  • You can print a summary page before clicking the "submit" button.
  • You get a confirmation number as proof that we received your application and for tracking purposes.
  • The application goes directly to the processing centre.

I'm a Quebec apprentice registered with the Commission de la Construction du Québec. What is the difference between the terms "level" and "period"?

For Quebec apprentices registered with the Commission de la Construction du Québec (CCQ), the terms "level" and "period" each have a different meaning.

Level: A "level" is based on the renewal of the Certificate of Apprenticeship Competency issued by the CCQ. For the purpose of the AIG, the term "level" is found on the "Attestation de réussite" letter issued by the CCQ. This letter shows that the apprentice has fulfilled the working and training requirements to renew the Certificate of Apprenticeship Competency and is to be used to establish eligibility for the AIG.

Period: The term "period" refers to salary of apprentices as determined by a percentage of the journeyperson salary, established by collective agreements in the construction industry. For purposes of the AIG, the term "period" cannot be used to establish eligibility for the grant. For more information on salary-related matters, call CCQ customer services at 1-888-842-8282.

Footnotes

Footnote 1

A postmark is a postal marking made on a letter, package, or postcard indicating the date and time the item was delivered into the care of the postal service.

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