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Apprenticeship Financial Support Information

Apprenticeship Financial Support Information

"Apprentices" must apply for financial support 4 - 6 weeks before the course start date.


First Step: 

  • Four to six weeks before your class starts, apply for the Employment Program of British Columbia (EPBC) Apprentice Program Financial Supports online through the WorkBC website
  • Trades Apprentices, when completing the Apprentice Funding Supports online application, you must create a "BASIC" BCeID user name & password (case sensitive) and select the training provider as Kwantlen at 5500 - 180th Street, Surrey, BC (instead of the main Surrey campus at 12666 72nd Ave).
  • Horticulture Apprentices, when completing the Apprentice Funding Supports online application, you must create a "BASIC" BCeID user name & password (case sensitive) and select the training provider as Kwantlen at 20901 Langley Bypass, Langley, BC (instead of the main Surrey campus at 12666 72nd Ave).


Second Step: 

  • An email will be sent to you, usually within 24 hours of applying for apprentice financial supports, and will direct you back into the WorkBC website to retrieve your 16 digit EI reference code.
  • This 16 digit EI reference code identifies you as an apprentice when applying for Employment Insurance. You will need your BCeID user name & password to retrieve your 16 digit EI reference code.


Third Step:

  • Apprentices then must apply through Service Canada for Employment Insurance (EI).
  • You can only apply for EI a maximum of one week prior to your start of class, or your last day of work, whichever is closer to your start date.
  • To collect EI Benefits you must meet the eligibility requirements set forth by Service Canada - i.e. insurable employment. Please contact Service Canada directly to determine what your specific requirements are.


Additional Financial Supports: 

  • Apprentices can receive up to $4,000 in grants to pay tuition, travel, tools, or other expenses through the Apprenticeship Incentive Grant or Apprenticeship Completion Grant. Information and details are available at Service Canada.