OTTAWA, Jan. 10 /CNW/ - The Canadian Apprenticeship Forum-Forum canadien sur l'apprentissage (CAF-FCA) is committed to ensuring employers have the supports they require so they can successfully hire and retain apprentices.  As part of its broader Employer Engagement Strategy, CAF-FCA conducted a project on employer support mechanisms to identify "what's out there" and what more could be done to support employers. A report and on-line catalogue were produced.

In consultation with the provinces and territories, CAF-FCA created a catalogue with links to all the relevant incentives and programs that currently exist across Canada.  Federal and provincial/territorial tax credits available for employers who hire apprentices are included.  Check out the federal/provincial/territorial areas to discover the many exciting and beneficial programs, incentives and tools available right across the country!

Promoting Apprenticeship:
The Apprenticeship Board in Nova Scotia holds employer breakfast forums to promote the value of apprenticeship training with employer champions invited to speak about their experiences.

Creating How-To-Train Materials and Promoting Mentoring among Journeypersons:
In Alberta, the Employer Visits Program educates industry on the importance of mentorship with staff visiting more than 12,000 employers in a typical year.

Saskatchewan partnered with the Construction Sector Council to upgrade the mentoring skills of journeypersons and to create a pan-Canadian mentoring training tool for use by the entire construction industry.

Keeping and Expanding Tax Credits and Wage Subsidies:
Find out what the Federal and Provincial/Territorial governments have to offer you.  You may be surprised to discover the governments of New Brunswick, NWT, Nunavut, Yukon and Newfoundland and Labrador also offer a wage subsidy for employers.

Background Training for Pre-Apprentices and Essential Skills Assistance:
The Northern Essential Skills Training Initiative in Manitoba and the Screening for Success program in New Brunswick are two examples of this kind of support.

Maintaining Flexibility:
Prince Edward Island provides relevant training at a time convenient to employers and, in the Yukon, staff tries to streamline the process so employers are not overwhelmed by too much paperwork.

This is the latest information added to the CAF-FCA Employers Toolkit.  For more information about all the great benefits of apprenticeship training and how it can help you, visit

CAF-FCA, is an inclusive national body that brings together all of the stakeholders in Canada's apprenticeship community. Visit for more information.

CAF-FCA and this project are funded by the Government of Canada's Sector Council Program.

SOURCE Canadian Apprenticeship Forum

For further information:

Margo Royce, Communications/Project Manager
613-235-4004 ext. 207

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