Overview

Read these instructions carefully before you start to apply. Knowing what you need to provide in advance can help you:

  • find out if you might be eligible before you apply
  • get the forms you need to apply
  • make sure you fully complete the application
  • start finding the documents you need to attach to your application

Are you eligible?

Before you apply, see if you meet program eligibility requirements for:

Know if you can apply for funding

Employment status

To get full-time funding, you must also be either:

  • unemployed
  • working an average of fewer than 20 hours per week over the last 12 weeks

Learn more about employment status.

Duration

There is a maximum number of months you may be funded to attend full-time training. Before you consider a training program, be aware of the maximum number of months and exceptions that may apply to you.

If you applied for funding to attend a foundational learning training program before, you may not be eligible for funding now.

Learn more about length of training.

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC)

If you completed language classes through LINC, then you have reached your maximum funding limit. Find out about other LINC options that may be available to you.

Before you apply

Before you can apply for funding:

Get accepted into an approved program

When you are accepted into a program, your training provider will complete a Training Provider Information form (PDF, 397 KB). Your funding application cannot be processed without this form.

Programs include:

ESL

Training for those whose first language is other than English.

Basic skills

Training in:

  • literacy and numeracy (grades 1 to 6)
  • adult basic education (grades 7 to 9)

Academic upgrading

Learning up to a grade 10 to 12 educational level, to help you:

  • pursue post-secondary study
  • get a job

Integrated Foundational Pathways (IFP)

Supportive and interactive learning that blends:

  • essential skills
  • academics
  • applied skills development

Occupational training

Greater than 2 weeks but less than 12 weeks of training helps you:

  • build work-related skills
  • improve your job prospects

Transitional Vocational Program

If you have a mild developmental disability, this program provides training that:

  • increases your chances of getting a job
  • helps you be more independent

Integrated training

This training combines academic and general employability skills with occupation-related skills.

When you are unemployed

If you are:

  • eligible for Employment Insurance (EI), you need to apply for EI before starting full-time training
  • already getting EI benefits and were assessed with a training need, your benefits continue until your claim ends

Find out about Employment Insurance Benefits that may be available to you.

When you are employed

If you are employed and want to leave your job to attend full-time training, discuss your options with a Career and employment consultant at an Alberta Supports Office.

How to apply

Submit your application at least 2 months before your training starts to make sure your funding will be in place. It can take up to 8 weeks to process a funding application. If information is missing, it will delay the processing of your application.

Before you complete your application, read the instructions:

The training provider will indicate on the Training Provider Information form if you are full-time or part-time.

Apply online

You can apply online by using myAlbertaSupports.

The application takes you through these steps:

  1. Create your account with a username and a password to access the portal. If you have already created an account, you can use your existing username and password to log in.
  2. Answer all of the questions in the application.
  3. Submit your completed application.
  4. You will be given a reference number when your application is accepted. Keep this number in a safe place. You will need it to get updates about the status of your application.
  5. You will then see important next step instructions. Make sure you follow these instructions to complete your application.

Although you applied online, you still need to provide any additional forms, schedules and a printed declaration. The declaration should be signed in ink and mailed to the Learner Income Support Office.

Apply in writing

  1. Either print the application and fill it out or save the application form to your computer, fill it out and then print it.
  2. Review the application form and make sure you have answered all of the questions. If you write anything on the form, use an ink pen.
  3. Attach all of the required forms and schedules to your application, including the Training Provider Information form.
  4. Mail your application and all documents to:

Learner Income Support Office
Box 17000, Station Main
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4R4

If you do not answer all of the questions or provide the documents you are asked for, your application cannot be processed.

Find out more about the application process.

What happens next

You will be contacted by mail in 6 to 8 weeks about the status of your application. Applications with missing or incorrect information may be returned to you.

A letter will advise you of:

  • the amount of money you may receive, or the reasons you will not receive funding
  • your right to appeal
  • where and when you can expect to receive funding

If costs for training were included in your assessment:

  • books and supply costs will be included in your first payment for each training period
  • tuition and fees will be paid directly to your training provider on your behalf

The earlier you send in the requested information, the faster you receive an answer.

The Government of Alberta will also send you a tax slip that reports all training benefits and/or income support you received that year. You will get the tax slip early in the calendar year, so you can include it in your tax filing for the previous year.

Find out more about tax information for training programs (PDF, 40 KB).