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Thinking of Hiring an Apprentice?

Taking on an apprentice can be a rewarding and valuable experience as an employer. Now is the time for you to invest in the future of your business. The OEL can help you find job-ready, quality apprentices, saving you time and money.

Thinking of Hiring an Apprentice?

With your mentorship, apprentices will have the proper support and guidance needed heading into the trade. Help write a new story and assist in building one’s career. The best part? Hiring an apprentice is a meaningful, beneficial experience for everyone.

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The OEL Job Board

The OEL can assist you in the process of finding the right apprentice for your company.

The OEL’s Program for Employers includes a hiring tool – the OEL Job Board – to help you find an apprentice who will fit seamlessly with your team to ensure the highest productivity possible. By offering support and guidance throughout the entire process of hiring an apprentice, we want you to feel confident making an informed decision.

Most importantly, our goal is to make the process as easy as possible for both you and your apprentice. For current OEL members, the program is included with your membership!

Hiring Tool
Hiring Tool

The OEL Job Board allows you to find apprentices that are a qualified fit for the company.


Developed to assist employers with the required paperwork and information pathway.

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No. The EEP subsidies are paid only to employers, not apprentices. In this situation, you can submit the receipt for your apprentice’s purchase and reimburse them from your subsidy payment.

Yes, if you transfer the apprentice’s Training Agreement to your own company as the sponsor and the new agreement has a Registration Date of April 1, 2023, or later.

You can start claiming for the tools, PPE, and safety training payments as soon as OEL receives the confirmation email that your apprentice’s Registered Training Agreement (RTA) application has been received by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Receipts dated April 1, 2022, or later, and the completed Claim Form are required for these payments. You can start claiming the wage subsidy 6 weeks from the date on the confirmation email. OEL requires the apprentice’s Registered Training Agreement, pay stubs for the 6-week period and the completed Claim Form to be provided for wage payments. (Note:  If you’re working with Support Ontario Youth (SOY) to register your apprentice, SOY will provide the confirmation email and RTA to OEL.)

If you are unable to provide the RTA application confirmation email, the start date for all your subsidy payments will be the Registration Date on the completed RTA. You must wait 6 weeks from this date to submit your first wage subsidy claim.

After the first 6-week wage subsidy payment, you can claim each month until you receive the full wage subsidy of $5,000 per apprentice.


Subsidy payments are paid by direct deposit to your bank account. It takes approximately 3 weeks for deposits to be made to your account.

Send in the bulk purchase receipt with your claim but write the amount that was paid for your apprentice on it. Enter only the amount for your apprentice on the Claim Form. Remember, these receipts need to be dated April 1, 2023, or later.