Becoming an apprentice in the skilled trades likely represents a significant change in your lifestyle and finances, regardless of your starting point. For those starting in trades as their first full-time job, it may represent an increase in income, while for those who have changed careers to enter the trades, it might be a reduction in pay. Regardless of your circumstances, as an employed apprentice, you will earn income; however, there are also additional expenses to consider. This can include tools, personal protective equipment, travel fees and books for the in-class training of your apprenticeship.

Our hope is that this page will help you learn to budget, apply for grants, benefits, scholarships and investments to help plan for your future.

This Employment Ontario Program is funded in part by the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario.