Women in Skilled Trades Initiative

Receive up to $3 Million in Funding Support.

As part of the Canadian Apprenticeship Strategy, the Government of Canada’s Women in Skilled Trades Initiative sponsors projects supporting female apprentice recruitment, retention, and career advancement. This program is available to support one of a total of 39 unique Red Seal Trades across Canada.

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Women in Skilled Trades Initiative

Amount of Funding

Access up to 90% of costs to a maximum $3 million per application.

Amount of Funding from the Canadian Government

Women in Skilled Trades Initiative

Eligible Applicants

  • An organization that manages Red Seal trades training funds, such as a union:
    • Union-sponsored joint training funds; and
    • Unions and employers’ associations.
  • Organizations that are not-for-profit;
  • Organisations that are for-profit (provided that the projects are not intended to make money);
  • Governments at the municipal and provincial levels; and
  • Organizations of indigenous peoples.
Eligible Applicants for Canadian Government Funding

Women in Skilled Trades Initiative

Eligible Activities

  • Organizing events led by women;
  • Promoting the 39 Red Seal trades through partnerships with women’s groups, community colleges, unions, and employers;
  • Assisting women in achieving a Red Seal apprenticeship in one of the 39 trades eligible for the Red Seal program;
  • Mentorship by female role models, networking opportunities for women in skilled trades, and success stories sharing;
  • The creation of an environment that is welcoming and safe for women at work; and
  • Assisting with childcare arrangements, tutoring, guidance, and other services.
Eligible Expenses for Canadian Government Funding

Women in Skilled Trades Initiative

Program Deadline

December 1, 2022, is the deadline for applications. There must be no more than 48 months of project duration with the start date anticipated as early as summer 2023.

Program Deadline for Canadian Government Funding
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