Apprenticeship Opportunity Fund (AOF)

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Program Overview

The Apprenticeship Opportunity Fund (AOF) provides support services to enhance the successful completion of an approved pre-apprenticeship or apprenticeship training program.

Program Highlights

  • An authentic apprenticeship is a registered contract between an apprentice (worker) who wants to learn a trade and an employer who needs a skilled worker.
  • Apprenticeship training helps future tradespeople develop the skills they need to be successful in high-demand trades through hands-on work experience and in-school training.
  • New annual apprenticeship registrations in programs across Ontario have grown from 17,100 in 2002-03 to more than 26,500 in 2014-2015.
  • The typical duration of support by NPAAMB is 4 months, but can be up to 52 weeks.


  1. To meet minimum NPAAMB eligibility requirements you must be: 
    1. A registered NPAAMB client (if you are not, contact your local YSO to schedule an intake appointment).  
    2. Reside within one of the following catchment areas: Kitchener-Waterloo, Brantford, Hamilton, St. Catharines, or Fort Erie and Niagara Falls (proof of residency may be required).  
    3. Self-identify as an Aboriginal person (status/non-status First Nation, Inuit, or Metis).  
    4. 15 to 30 years of age at the time of intake/selection. 
    5. A desire to learn, participate and accomplish personal career goals. 
  2. Out of school, unemployed, or underemployed. 
  3. If a previous NPAAMB client, must demonstrate successful completion of prior interventions provided by NPAAMB. 
  4. Registered apprentice with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) and other approved apprenticeship offices.  
  5. Demonstrate that you have researched the trade you are applying for  
  6. Commitment to full attendance 
  7. Willingness to participate in math and/or English upgrading  
  8. High school diploma or equivalent  

Program Partners

This program is proudly sponsored by the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario

Government of CanadaProvince of Ontario

Program Details


This program will help its participants become a registered apprentice working toward becoming a certified journeyperson in a skilled trade.

Starts October 30, 2018
Duration Maximum length of training is 1 year (52 weeks) for each intervention
Cost Up to 100% of funding covered by NPAAMB
Program Supports

Financial assistance and wage subsidy

  • Up to 26 weeks on the job training – 50% of wages (up to minimum wage)
  • Classroom fee and other such as ERS, parking and books

Start-up tool fund

  • Special costs for tolls, specifically for apprenticeship designated trade – up to $1000 based on trade
  • Special costs related to participants with disabilities may be provided if required

How to Apply

To register, please contact your regional Youth Service Officer to be included in our ongoing inventory of applicants.

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