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Feds Invest $28 Million to the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency’s Apprenticeship Start Plus Project

The project will create at least 5,200 more apprenticeships in Atlantic Canada.

August 29, 2022   Logan Caswell

The Government of Canada have announced $28 million in funding for the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency’s Apprenticeship Start Plus Project. The project will provide financial support to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador to hire a minimum of 5,200 first-year apprentices in eligible Red Seal trades over the next two years. This includes a minimum of 1,190 first-year apprentices from equity-deserving groups such as women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous people and racialized people.

First-year apprentices in eligible Red Seal trades will get the hands-on experience and training they need to progress toward becoming certified journeypersons in the Red Seal trades as a result of connecting with these job opportunities. The organizations that are being funded under the Apprenticeship Service will distribute financial incentives to SMEs and provide additional supports, such as help navigating the apprenticeship system, and they will also develop training for SMEs to help them onboard apprentices and create welcoming and inclusive workplaces. To help Canadians facing barriers to a career in the skilled trades, the incentives are doubled for SMEs who hire from equity-deserving groups.

There are more than 11,000 SMEs in Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick who work in the eligible Red Seal trades. The Apprenticeship Service will help them hire more first-year apprentices.