Apprenticeship Job Creation Tax Credit (AJCTC)

What is it?

This is a federal incentive program designed to help employers offset the cost of hiring and training employees who have entered into an apprenticeship contract.

What is the benefit to your company?

You can take advantage of a non-refundable tax credit equal to 10% of the eligible salaries and wages paid to apprentices. Any unused credit may be carried back 3 years and carried forward 20 years.

The maximum credit is $2,000 per year for each eligible apprentice.
There is also the added benefit of having higher skilled employees as part of your team.

Who Qualifies?

Any business that hires someone working in a prescribed trade, in the first two years of their apprenticeship contract qualifies. Access a list of the prescribed trades currently listed as Red Seal Trades or check out the list below.

What Qualifies?

Salaries and wages paid by the employer to an eligible apprentice for the apprentices' employment in Canada during the first 24 months of the apprenticeship are eligible. The employment must have begun after May 1, 2006.

Remuneration based on profits, bonuses, and taxable benefits including stock options, and certain unpaid remuneration don't qualify.

How do I apply?

Claim the credit on your company's income tax returns, using either:

Forms can be ordered on-line at or by calling 1-800-959-2221.

Where can I find more information?

The following forms and publications, will give you more information:

General Income Tax and Benefit Guide, Form T2038(IND), Investment Tax Credit (Individuals), Guide T4012, T2 Corporation - Income Tax Guide and Form T2SCH31, Investment Tax Credit - Corporations.

They are available on the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) web site.
You can also call CRA's Business Enquiries line at 1-800-959-5525.

Red Seal Trades

(Note: The Minister of Finance may, in consultation with the Minister of Human Resources and Social Development, prescribe other trades.)

Agricultural Equipment Technician
Appliance Service Technician
Automotive Painter
Automotive Service Technician
Concrete Finisher
Construction Craft Worker
Construction Electrician
Electric Motor System Technician
Electronics Technician (Consumer Products)
Floorcovering Installer
Heavy Duty Equipment Technician
Industrial Electrician
Industrial Mechanic (Millwright)
Insulator (Heat and Frost)
Instrumentation and Control Technician
Ironworker (Generalist)
Ironworker (Reinforcing)
Ironworker (Structural/Ornamental)

Landscape Horticulturist
Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic)
Metal Fabricator (Fitter)
Mobile Crane Operator
Motor Vehicle Body Repairer (Metal and Paint)
Motorcycle Mechanic
Oil Burner Mechanic
Painter and Decorator
Powerline Technician
Recreation Vehicle Service Technician
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Mechanic
Rig Technician
Sheet Metal Worker
Sprinkler System Installer
Tool and Die Maker
Transport Trailer Technician
Truck and Transport Mechanic