Employer Incentives & Assistance

In today’s competitive economy, training is critical to the success of a business. But training can be expensive. Financially, OYAP participation can be beneficial to your business:

  • Through OYAP, employers are provided with the opportunity to assess students before committing to an apprenticeship.
  • WSIB coverage is provided by the Ministry of Education during the contract.
  • OYAP provides employers with information on where to access wage subsidies to assist with the initial hiring costs of OYAP graduates and summer students.

Hiring an Apprentice

Interested in hiring and training an apprentice? The Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program can help.

Our program assists employers who hire apprentices by:

  • Providing a number of student candidates to select from
  • Assistance in screening students and refer those best suited to your needs
  • Providing WSIB coverage during the unpaid co-op/assessment period
  • Monitoring and supporting the apprentice and employer throughout his/her training
  • Making the connection with the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) for registration
  • Providing information regarding the Apprenticeship Training Tax Credit for employers who hire apprentices

Getting Started

Employers who have qualified journeypersons in place who are willing to provide students with supervision and training may qualify for participation in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program.

In Ontario, there are more than 100 skilled trades that qualify. More specifically, any skilled trade listed under the Apprenticeship and Certification Act (ACA) or Trades Qualification and Apprenticeship Act (TQAA) qualifies.

Four Easy Steps to OYAP participation:

  1. Contact your local OYAP Coordinator or high school. You will be guided through the process and any questions you may have will be answered.
  2. You will then be provided with eager, committed students to interview.
  3. You will select your student and provide a cooperative education experience.
  4. If everything works out, you may choose to register your student as an apprentice.


Are students provided with Workplace Safety Insurance Coverage?

Yes. The Ministry of Education covers the student under WSIB during the work placement. This coverage is documented in the form of a Work Education Agreement (WEA), which is signed by the employer, the student, the parent and the teacher prior to the student commencing work. If the student is PAID, the employer provides the WSIB protection.

Am I obligated to accept the student(s) after the interview process?

The final choice is ultimately up to the employer. The student must fit the employer’s criterion as a potential employee. The employer is under no obligation to accept the student after the interview if the student proves unsatisfactory.

As an employer, how do I choose the employee to train the student?

Selection is dependent upon your knowledge of your employees, and who would best suit the training role. The employer is also expected to interview the candidates and select the student that best meets the needs of the company. The OYAP Coordinator or Cooperative Education teacher could assist you with these decisions.

Should the student be performing actual job functions at my place of employment?

Yes. The student is there to learn all of the competencies necessary to meet the skills requirements of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for that particular apprenticeship. As the student becomes more proficient, it is expected that the level of responsibility will also increase. The student’s participation will be limited only by legal regulations and safety precautions as judged by the employer.

How are conflicts handled?

If a poor attitude or negative behaviour is evident, please inform the OYAP Coordinator or Cooperative Education teacher as early as possible. All attempts to correct the situation will be made. If this is unsuccessful, the placement may have to be terminated. If there is an inability to learn or perform the tasks required, please contact the OYAP Coordinator or Cooperative Education teacher. The career choice of the student will be re-evaluated, and, if the situation does not improve, the placement will end for the student. If there is a personality conflict that cannot be mended, then the placement will be terminated and an alternative placement will be sought.

If you are interested in speaking with the local OYAP Co-ordinator, please contact.


Dave Barrett
Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program

(OYAP) Co-ordinator

  • Bluewater DSB and Bruce-Grey Catholic DSB
  • Office: 519-363-2014 ext. 2132
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