Manitoba Boosts Tax Incentives for Apprenticeships, Training

By Sarah Klein

Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger speaks to the media following an apprenticeship announcement near Deacon's Corner on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. (CHRISD.CA)

The Manitoba government will boost tax incentives for businesses that hire apprentices and provide on-the-job training, Premier Greg Selinger announced Tuesday.

Hiring incentive tax credits for levels one and two apprentices will be increased up to a maximum of $3,000 from the current maximum of $2,000.

“We all know that training more skilled workers for well-paying jobs is good for Manitoba families and good for our economy,” Selinger said.

The credit for levels three, four and five apprentices will be doubled to a maximum of $5,000 from the current $2,500. The Journeyperson Hiring Incentive will also be doubled to a maximum of $5,000.

Selinger also said the new Rural and Northern Apprenticeship Training Strategy will help new rural journeypeople start their own businesses, while a new Skill Build program will upgrade and equip high school shop classrooms for apprentice training.