The Canada Apprentice Loan is available to help registered Red Seal apprentices cover the cost of their training.

What you need to know

  • The Government of Canada offers apprentices registered in a Red Seal Trade apprenticeship program up to $4,000 per period of technical training.
  • You can get Canada Apprentice Loans for up to 5 periods of technical training.
  • Your loan will be payment-free for up to 6 years as long as you are confirmed as being registered in a Red Seal Trade apprenticeship program.
  • You do not have to make any loan payments as long as your loan is in payment-free status.


To be eligible, you must meet all of these criteria:

You are not eligible if you:

  • are a high school student;
  • are an apprentice registered in the province of Quebec;
  • are receiving a Canada Student Loan for the same technical training;
  • have been told that you are restricted from receiving a Canada Apprentice Loan or a Canada Student Loan;
  • have already received funding for 5 periods of technical training; or
  • have already received 6 years of payment-free status.

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