Career Launcher Apprenticeships

This program ended in March 2024. It was funded by the Government of Canada’s Apprenticeship Service Program.

Career Launcher Apprenticeships addressed the worker shortage in the skilled trades and improved sector diversity by offering financial incentives for hiring first-year apprentices and providing tools and resources to promote inclusivity.

What we did:

We provided a $5,000 incentive to small-and-medium-sized construction and manufacturing businesses when they hired new first-year apprentices and doubled the incentive to $10,000 for apprentices from underrepresented groups.

CICan united seven colleges and institutes from across the country to develop resources and tools aimed at creating inclusive workplaces that supported the recruitment, training, and retention of a strong and diverse workforce.

By equipping businesses with the means to welcome more diverse talent, the program not only filled immediate skills gaps but also laid the groundwork for a more resilient and inclusive future in the trades.

Empowering Diversity in the Trades

Discover how CICan and its members are creating a more diverse future for the trades.

Success Story: Moniz Construction

Learn about how Career Launcher Apprenticeships helped Moniz Construction in BC fill critical skills gaps and diversify their workforce.


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New apprentices were hired by construction and manufacturing businesses.


Of these hires were from underrepresented groups.


Women launched new careers in the skilled trades.


Individuals accessed resources to support the hiring and retention of a diverse workforce.

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 5
Gender Equality
Goal 8
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 10
Reduced Inequalities
We champion access for all. Our national programs and projects provide equitable opportunities for all Canadians, especially those from underrepresented groups such as women, racialized people, Indigenous people, and people with disabilities.

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Career Launcher Apprenticeships is funded by the Government of Canada’s Apprenticeship Service Program.