Need money to learn a skilled trade? As an apprentice you get paid to learn. There are more than 200 apprenticeable trades, and the traditional way to become an apprentice is to find an employer who is willing to hire and train you. International students need to check with Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) to make sure they have the necessary permits to both study and work in Canada for an apprenticeship program.

Student Scholarships and Student Bursaries
Scholarships for students entering apprenticeship programs from high school are typically awarded to outstanding new students, students, and are often also available to international students. Bursaries are more typically based on a combination of academic achievement and financial need and/or achievement in other areas such as leadership and community service. These awards may be offered by high schools, professional organizations, local businesses and national chains, and charitable foundations. They may be available on a non-renewable or renewable basis.

  • Start your search by talking to your high school career counsellor to learn what kinds of scholarships and bursaries may be available from your home country.
  • Many local businesses offer some kind of funding, either in the form of scholarships or bursaries and international students may be eligible for some of these awards.
  • Many trades organizations will provide scholarships as a way of promoting their profession and ensuring the development of future trades professionals. Once you have decided on the trade you want to pursue, research to find any professional associations, both in Canada and in your home country, that may help support new students.
  • And finally, there are a variety of charitable organizations, from local to national, that provide literally millions of dollars of awards to post-secondary students.

Student Loans and Grants
Most provincial governments offer apprenticeship incentive grants as a means of encouraging high school students to transition to a trade. Consult with the province you are applying to to find out if international students qualify.

For more general information on international student scholarships and financial aid, check out the articles on international student scholarships under each school type.