Benefits, Awards & Tools

Benefits During HSAP

Great Starting Wage

Students who are enrolled in HSAP receive a minimum wage of 10% above Manitoba's minimum wage.  Right now the HSAP minimum wage is $16.83/hour. An employer may choose to pay you more than the HSAP minimum wage.

Earn High School Credit

Students may earn from one to eight high school elective credits. All credits are at the 40S/grade 12 level. The eight credits are elective credits.

Gain Work-Experience Hours For Level 1 Apprenticeship

Students in high school enrolled in HSAP have a head-start towards completing the first level of apprenticeship training.  Some students have worked really hard to complete all 1500+ hours on-the-job work experience hours of their first level of training. 

Benefits of Apprenticeship After High School

High School Apprentices High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) Tuition Credit

Apprentices that completed multiples of two HSAP credits should pay no tuition fees, whatsoever.

Here is the table of fees for the cost of technical training:

Image of Apprenticeship Manitoba Tuition Fee Table

Students who complete 2 HSAP credits save one level of "Apprentice Personal Contribution Fees for Technical Training." The amount saved will depend on the length of weeks in training at the Apprenticeship Level. Every extra set of 2 HSAP credits will save another set of fees. 8 HSAP credits pays for 4 levels of technical training fees.

Important Information - you must indicate that you have HSAP tuition credits when registering for technical training in order for them to be applied to your tuition. Contact Apprenticeship Manitoba by phone or in person to use your tuition credit. DO NOT register on-line.

For more information on how to register, go to the In-Class Technical Training page on this web site.

Transportation Costs 

Apprentices who live 50 kms or more outside the city may be paid to cover the cost of travel between home and the location of the in-class technical training. Details will be discussed and paperwork completed on the first day of technical training.

Lodging Costs

Apprentices who maintain a primary residence (of 50 kms or more out of the city/town limits ) and pay for a second residence while in technical training may qualify for the lodging support. Details will be discussed and paperwork completed on the first day of in-class technical technical training.

Free Tuition

Apprentices in Manitoba do not pay tuition. The Province of Manitoba pays for the tuition up to $12,000 per level (the average cost of technical training is $4,200 per level).

Employment Insurance for Apprentices

Employment Insurance helps apprentices cover some costs during in-class technical training.  During your in-class technical training, you will be laid-off from your job and not receive an income. As an apprentice, you may be eligible to receive employment income support from Service Canada while attending apprenticeship technical/in-school training. Learn more at Service Canada - Employment Insurance Benefits. Details will be discussed and paperwork completed on the first day of technical training. Typically, Employment Insurance will be equal to half of your regular income. 

Trades Person Tool Deduction

Provides employed trades persons with an annual tax deduction of up to $500 to help cover the cost of new tools necessary to their trade.  The tax deduction applies to the total cost of eligible tools in excess of $1,000. Save every receipt for tools and equipment that you spend on your job.  This tax deduction is available every tax year. 


Grants and Awards

The Apprenticeship Incentive Grant (AIG)

The AIG helps you pay for expenses while you train as an apprentice in a designated Red Seal trade. The AIG is a taxable grant worth $1,000 awarded to registered apprentices. You must complete your first year/level (or equivalent) to apply for the AIG. You can apply for this grant twice during your training (for a maximum of $2,000). You can apply for your second AIG after completing your second year/level (or equivalent) of training. You will receive a letter from Apprenticeship Manitoba stating that you have completed your level.  This letter should act as a reminder to complete the paperwork for this grant.

The Apprenticeship Completion Grant (ACG)

The ACG is a grant of $2,000. It is given only once and is taxable. It is for registered apprentices who: 1) Successfully complete their apprenticeship training program and 2) Get their journeyperson certification in a designated Red Seal trade. 
You will receive a letter from Apprenticeship Manitoba stating that you have completed your level and passed your Red Seal Exam for this grant. 

Motor Vehicle Industry of Manitoba Scholarship Fund

For Manitoba students who are pursuing Automotive Service Technician, Heavy Duty Equipment Technician, Motor Vehicle Body Repair (metal and paint) apprenticeships. The award is $500.

Access to Apprenticeship Bursary

To assist in the costs associated with technical training, living costs, travel costs, and other commitments, Apprenticeship Manitoba awards the Access to Apprenticeship Bursary to current apprentices with demonstrated financial need. To be considered for this bursary, please complete an application by following the link. 

Tim McLean Memorial Bursary

The Tim McLean Memorial Bursary is awarded to current Aboriginal apprentices with demonstrated financial need. This bursary was established in memory of Tim McLean, an aspiring Manitoba Aboriginal apprentice interested in becoming a motor vehicle mechanic. To be considered for this bursary, please complete an application by following the link.

Manitoba Public Insurance Tool Allowance and Apprenticeship Completion Grant for Motor Vehicle Body Repairer

Manitoba Public Insurance provides the following financial assistance:

- A $5,000 (maximum) Tool Allowance

- A $2,000 Apprenticeship Grant after successful completion of each level of your program. That's up to $8,000 for apprentices in the four-level Motor Vehicle Body Repairer Program and up to $4,000 for apprentices in the two-level Motor Vehicle Body Painter Program.

These grants will help to attract and retain a skilled collision repair workforce in Manitoba, and a strong working relationship between the trade and Manitoba Public Insurance.

This program expires March 31, 2025. The Tool Allowance will be applied for those who have completed level one of either program and have purchased tools after Jan. 1, 2010. The Apprenticeship Grant will be applied for those who completed any program level after Jan. 1, 2010.

Questions can be emailed to [email protected], or call (204) 985-7376.

Automotive Tool Programs for Apprentices

Mac Tools -Student Tech Program

Students are able to receive 50% off retail pricing on most items listed in the current Mac Tools price list including Power Tools, Hand tools, Tool Boxes, and more. Eligible students can order product sets as recommended by their school’s program or build a product set to suit their needs in an amount up to $9,500 in total STP purchases.

Snap-on Tools Student Excellence Program

The SEP program offers technical students the opportunity to purchase professional quality Snap-on tools at a discount. Students get the TOOLS FOR LIFE they need for classroom training, and they can carry those same tools into their professional careers. While enrolled as a full-time student, you may purchase up to $11,000 worth of tools (at list price value). You may also purchase one roll cart or roll cab, and one top chest. Register on this website to order online, or place an order through your Snap-on Education Account Manager.