Type of Program:



The Achievement Incentive is a grant program that helps employers train apprentices by reducing some of the cost of training and that supports apprentice progression by giving grant payments to employers when their apprentices reach major milestones. The program offers up to $4,000 to eligible employers when apprentices meet training and certification milestones.

Comments on Funding:

Funding is up to $4,000 to eligible employers when apprentices meet training and certification milestones, including:

  • $1,000 milestone payments for each level of in-class training completed by the apprentice, up to a maximum of 3 levels;
  • an additional $1,000 payment once the apprentice achieves the highest level of trade certification in their respective trade, such as Certificate of Apprenticeship or Certificate of Qualification.

When It Ends:



Rolling deadline


Applicants must:

  • be a corporation or unincorporated businesses that is subject to Ontario income taxes;
  • have a Federal/Ontario Business Number;
  • have an address or permanent work site in Ontario;
  • be an approved ministry sponsor for apprenticeship; and
  • have registered a training agreement with an apprentice in a prescribed trade regulated under the Ontario College of Trades and Apprenticeship Act, 2009 (OCTAA), and have that apprentice complete a level of in-class training up to 3 levels or the highest attainable trade certification, on or after April 1, 2020.

Applications Steps:


Eligible sponsors will be notified by the ministry for their apprentices who have completed levels of in-class training and attained the highest level of trade certification, with milestone payments retroactive to April 1, 2020.


In the initial email notification, eligible sponsors identified in the EOIS-APPR system will be provided with a web-link to complete and submit an electronic application through a secure domain. This will be a one-time application where eligible sponsors will provide their trade, business and banking information once. In exceptional circumstances, a paper application can be made available through the local apprenticeship office.

"EOIS-APPR” is the Employment Ontario Information System (EOIS) responsible for supporting the administration of apprenticeship in Ontario.

Other Things to Note:

  1. 1
    The Achievement Incentive and Group Sponsorship Grant will help more employers take on apprentices to build Ontario’s apprenticeship and skilled trades pipeline.
  2. 2
    The only program affected by the rollout of the Achievement Incentive is the ministry’s Employer Completion Bonus (ECB). Due to overlapping periods of eligibility, employers who already received a $1,000 ECB payment for an apprentice will not be eligible for a $1,000 Achievement Incentive payment for the same apprentice achieving the highest level of certification for the same trade.
  3. 3
    The ECB has wound-down in preparation for the implementation of the Achievement Incentive, and new ECB application forms are no longer being distributed. Employers who apply for the ECB will be directed to the Achievement Incentive instead.

About the author 


Maurice (Moe) Muise learned the ins-and-outs of government while an employee of the Government of Canada in Ottawa for 10 years. His current focus is helping small businesses in Ontario to identify and maximize government grants to grow their business.
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