FPDI – Apprenticeship Support Project

Apprenticeship Support Project

This project is open to everyone and participation from first year apprentices and SMEs is encouraged.

Employers seeking first year apprentices in the Red Seal trades will receive financial incentives. First year apprentices will get hands-on experience they need for a career in trades.

Employers with 499 employees or fewer, are eligible for a hiring incentive of $5,000. An additional $5,000 is available for hiring of apprentices from equity deserving groups: women, Indigenous people, newcomers, persons with disabilities, members of the LGBTQ2+

communities, visible minorities, including Black and other racialized communities. Each SME can hire up to 2 apprentices in a year.

Additionally, FPDI will provide support in the form of other services such as;

  • Trainings targeted at apprentice onboarding like welcoming workplace training and retaining talent
  • review of the apprentices’ progress
  • guidance on apprenticeship registration
  • consultations with SMEs to define needs and provide support
  • potential wage subsidization over a defined period for organisations that hire indigenous apprentices 

To learn more, visit the FPDI websitewww.fpdinc.ca call 204.987.9570 or email us at ASP@FPDINC.CA

FPDI Apprenticeship Support Project started 15th June 2022 and is open to apprentices registered after this date.

The 39 Red Seal trades eligible for financial support are:

Boilermaker Bricklayer Cabinetmaker
Carpenter Concrete Finisher Construction Craft Worker
Construction Electrician Drywall Finisher and Plasterer Floorcovering Installer
Gasfitter – Class A Gasfitter – Class B Glazier
Heavy Equipment Operator (Dozer) Heavy Equipment Operator (Excavator) Heavy Equipment Operator (Tractor-Loader-Backhoe)
Industrial Electrician Industrial Mechanic (Millwright) Instrumentation and Control


Insulator (Heat and Frost) Ironworker (Generalist) Ironworker (Reinforcing)
Ironworker (Structural/Ornamental) Landscape Horticulturist Lather (Interior Systems Mechanic)
Machinist Metal Fabricator (Fitter) Mobile Crane Operator
Painter and Decorator Plumber Powerline Technician
Refrigeration and Air Conditioning


Roofer Sheet Metal Worker
Sprinkler Fitter Steamfitter/Pipefitter Tile setter
Tool and Die Maker Tower Crane Operator Welder


FPDI and you- A partnership for your future

Joining the apprenticeship support project is going to give you an opportunity to apply your skills in work that matters to you, learn new techniques and methods of working in the trade, interact directly with businesses and create a mutually beneficial partnership, bring your unique point of view to the group and apply your knowledge on the job. FPDI wants to go on the journey with you and guide you through the process of starting an apprenticeship. We are interested in your progress so there are regular check-ins during which any concerns can be addressed. An apprenticeship will enable the you to start off with hands on experience in a trade where you will be taught the right skills, their applications to succeed as well as in-depth understanding of a chosen trade. We encourage every first-year apprentice to join in the supported Red Seal trades. You are only one step away from starting off in a career of your choosing and the apprenticeship project from FPDI is your support system for this journey.


Equity-Deserving Groups – Data Definitions

  1. Women -Women are participants who self-identify their gender as woman. Gender refers to an individual’s personal and social identity as a man, woman or non-binary person (a person who is not exclusively a man or a woman).
  2. Indigenous -Indigenous individuals are participants who self-identify as having Indigenous identity. This includes those who identify as First Nations (North American Indian), Métis and/or Inuk (Inuit), and/or those who report being Registered or Treaty Indians (that is, registered under the Indian Act of Canada), and/or those who have membership in a First Nation or Indian band.
  3. Newcomers -Newcomers are participants who self-identify as having arrived in Canada within the last ten years and are legally entitled to work in Canada, including permanent residents, Canadian citizens or persons granted refugee status in
  4. Persons with disabilities -Persons with disabilities are participants who self-identify as having have a disability in one of the following categories: Seeing, Hearing, Mobility, Flexibility, Dexterity, Pain-related, Learning, Developmental, Mental health-related, and The disability must result in a limitation in daily activities. The presence of a difficulty alone is not sufficient – individuals whose disability rarely presents them with some level of difficulty in their daily activities are excluded.
  5. Visible minorities -persons who self-identify as being a visible minority. The Employment Equity Act defines visible minorities as “persons, other than Aboriginal peoples, who are non-Caucasian in race or non-white in colour”.
  6. LGBTQ2S+ -Persons who self-identify as a member of the LGBTQ2S+ community. The acronym LGBTQ2S+ includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, or another minority sexual identity such as asexual or pansexual, as well as minority gender identity (trans and non-binary identities like genderqueer, gender fluid, pangender or agender).