Important dates

  • Application Status: Closed – Applications are no longer being accepted.

Overview

The Aviation Skills Grant grows and diversifies the province’s aviation and aerospace industry by creating more opportunities for Albertans to access training and strengthen the industry’s workforce. The program supports training and re-skilling to help:

  • workers gain new skills to meet the needs of employers
  • employers in Alberta’s aviation and aerospace industry gain the skills and talent to grow their businesses and Alberta’s economy

The applicant is required to review the Aviation Skills Grant Applicant Guide for:

  • eligibility
  • assistance in completing this application form

Funding

Private sector and non-profit employers in the aviation and aerospace industry in Alberta can apply for funding to offset employer training costs for new and unfilled jobs.

The program will fund up to $30,000 per trainee for the duration of the program.

Employers are eligible to receive up to the following per intake:

  • $3 million for employers with more than 3,000 employees in Alberta
  • $500,000 for employers with between 500 and 3,000 employees in Alberta
  • $300,000 for employers with less than 500 employees in Alberta

Eligibility

Private sector and non-profit employers in the aviation or aerospace sector that operate in Alberta and have been established for at least one year are eligible.

  • Employers

    Eligible employers

    To be eligible, employers must be in the aviation or aerospace industry. This includes:

    • scheduled air transportation
    • non-scheduled air transportation
    • support activities for air transportation
    • aerospace product and parts manufacturing

    Eligible employers must:

    • have an Alberta mailing address and operate in Alberta
    • be incorporated, registered or established under provincial and federal legislation for at least one year
    • be in good standing within the province of Alberta
    • provide safe working conditions

    Ineligible employers

    The following applicants are not eligible to receive funding under the program:

    • individuals
    • other governments (municipal, provincial, federal, including crown corporations)
    • provincial or federal public sector
      • examples: public post-secondary institutions, schools, school boards, hospitals, health authorities
    • political parties
    • group submissions
      • example: an employer or intermediary cannot apply on behalf of a group of employers
    • businesses not in the aviation or aerospace industry
  • Trainees

    Eligible trainees include:

    • new hires or existing employees
    • Canadian citizens
    • permanent residents or protected persons under the Canadian Immigration and Refugee Protection Act who are legally entitled to work in Canada
    • someone living or intending to live in Alberta after completing training
  • Training

    Eligible training

    The grant will cover all training started and completed from April 1, 2023 to December 31, 2024. Any training that starts before April 1, 2023 is not eligible.

    Training must:

    • be for full-time or part-time jobs that require skills specific to aviation and aerospace
    • result in skills development for employees going into a new and/or unfilled job:
      • Employees who have been in their role for 12 months or less will be considered as being in a new and/or unfilled job.
    • take place in Alberta

    Funding through the Aviation Skills Grant may be used to cover the following direct training costs to create and/or deliver training:

    • third-party instructor fees, training costs and course costs
    • proprietary in-house training costs
      • example: replacement wages for trainer time delivering in-house training and curriculum development for in-house training
    • textbooks, software and other required materials
    • other costs associated with the training at the discretion of the Alberta government

    Ineligible training

    Ineligible training includes, but is not limited to:

    • apprenticeship or post-secondary institution programming
    • training needed to maintain current skills or certification
    • training for personal interest
    • pilot training for individuals without a commercial pilot’s licence
    • defence and military activities
    • training that is not specific to aviation and aerospace
    • training provided outside Alberta

    Funding through the Aviation Skills Grant may not be used to cover the following:

    • participant wages while in training
    • living allowances/stipends
    • travel costs including accommodations
    • capital expenditures – examples: aircraft, computer, phones
    • equipment and furnishings
    • membership fees
    • costs not associated with direct training costs (example: uniforms)
    • other government or industry training already funded through another funding stream or program
    • costs that are completed prior to the anticipated notification of decision

    This list is not exhaustive and may include other costs.

How to apply

The Aviation Skills Grant is closed and no longer accepting applications.

Aviation Skills Grant portal

Log in to the Aviation Skills Grant portal

After you apply

Applications will be assessed and successful applicants will be notified by email.

Funding will be provided to approved employers in 2 payments:

  • A payment of 50% of the approved grant amount once the grant is approved.
  • A payment of up to the remaining 50% of the approved grant amount once employers have:
    • submitted a Training Completion Form
    • met all training completion requirements

The final payment amount will be based on approved eligible costs provided in the Training Completion Form, budget and interim reporting (if applicable).

Payment information

The Alberta government’s preferred method of payment is Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT). It is a faster and more secure way to ensure your company is reimbursed without error.

We issue payments through EFT. To get an EFT, you must upload both of the following into the Alberta Aviation Skills Grant portal when you are submitting your application:

Audit and compliance

All applications and corresponding grants may be subject to audit by the Alberta government, or their authorized representatives, upon reasonable notice to the recipient.

The Aviation Skills Grant will have ongoing reviews for efficiency and alignment with sector needs. Stakeholder, employer and staff feedback will be considered for any future updates.

Grant recipients

Intake 1

1263343 Alberta Inc. DBA Lynx Air

Lynx Air is an ultra low-cost commercial flight provider headquartered in Calgary. They will conduct initial cabin crew, flight crew (ground school) and operations duty manager training. They will receive up to $300,000 to train an estimated 310 new and existing employees to fill new and unfilled pilot positions; purser (cabin crew manager) and flight attendant positions; and air traffic controller (and related) positions.

Adventure Aviation Inc.

Adventure Aviation Inc. is a flight school and chartered flight provider located in Grande Prairie. They will receive up to $46,690 to provide pilot training for 2 existing employees for unfilled first officer positions.

Air Spray (1967) Ltd.

Air Spray (1967) Ltd. provides critical air tanker and air attack aircraft to aid in the control of wildfires that affect communities and surrounding forests. They will receive up to $232,228 for pilot and maintenance training for multiple aircraft types in their fleet. They will train an estimated 45 pilots and aircraft mechanics/aircraft inspectors for unfilled and new positions.

Bristow Instruments (1977) Ltd.

Bristow Instruments (1977) Ltd. has been active in the aircraft instrument and accessory sales and service field since 1955, offering services for both rotorcraft and fixed wing aircraft. They will receive up to $242,841 to develop and conduct aviation equipment maintenance training, as well as aviation and aerospace manager training. They will train an estimated 22 aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians, inspectors and service managers for unfilled and new positions.

Calgary Flying Club

Calgary Flying Club runs a professional flight training school providing training for private pilot to airline transport pilot licensing. They will receive up to $279,690 to conduct aircraft type training for an estimated 20 new and existing employees for unfilled and new flight instructor positions.

Can-West Corporate Air Charters Ltd.

CanWest offers a variety of air ambulance, charter and maintenance services at bases across Alberta. They will receive up to $300,000 to conduct aircraft type training for an estimated 36 new and existing employees for unfilled and new pilot positions.

Edmonton Flying Club

Edmonton Flying Club operates an advanced fleet of aircraft and provides flight training at all levels from recreational to commercial and multi-instrument rated, career-ready pilots. They will receive up to $80,000 to conduct aircraft type training for an estimated 5 new and existing employees for unfilled and new flight instructor positions.

Flair Airlines Ltd.

Flair Airlines Ltd. is an ultra low-cost commercial flight provider headquartered in Edmonton. They will receive up to $297,489 to conduct aviation safety auditing and investigation, flight attendant, flight operations, aircraft maintenance and aircraft type training. They will train an estimated 100 new and existing employees to fill new and unfilled positions, including engineering inspectors and regulatory offices; mechanical engineers; transportation route and crew schedulers; air traffic controller (and related occupations); aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspectors; pursers and flight attendants; and aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics, technicians and inspectors.

Kenn Borek Air Ltd.

Kenn Borek Air Ltd. offers charter flight services, aircraft management services, aircraft maintenance and aircraft and parts sales. They will receive up to $297,076 to conduct aircraft type training for an estimated 25 new and existing employees for unfilled and new pilot positions.

Klarenbach Aviation Ltd.

Klarenbach Aviation Ltd. Is an aircraft maintenance organization for private aircraft owners and commercial operators. They will receive up to $156,625 to conduct aircraft maintenance training for an estimated 5 existing employees for unfilled aircraft mechanics and aircraft inspector positions.

Sky Wings Aviation Academy Ltd.

Sky Wings Aviation Academy Ltd. is a flight training provider offering training for private or commercial pilots licences, based out of Red Deer. They will receive up to $11,100 to conduct aircraft type training for one existing employee for an unfilled flight instructor position.

Synergy Aviation Ltd.

Synergy Aviation Ltd. provides aerial surveillance and pipeline integrity monitoring, specialized geomatics, remote pilot operators, chartered flights, tours and helicopter flight school. They will receive up to $86,875 to conduct aircraft type training and aircraft maintenance training for an estimated 12 existing employees for new pilot and aviation maintenance engineer positions.

West Wind Airspray Ltd.

West Wind Airspray Ltd. is based out of Lethbridge and provides agriculture and forestry air spraying services, including fungicide application, insecticide application and desiccating (an agricultural process to remove moisture) for the Southern Alberta region. They will receive up to $30,000 to conduct aircraft type training for one new employee for a new pilot position.

WestJet

WestJet, headquartered in Calgary, is Canada’s second largest airline, operating a fleet of over 180 aircraft and flying to more than 110 destinations in North America, Central America, the Caribbean, Europe and Asia. They will receive up to $3,000,000 to conduct aircraft maintenance, flight attendant, airport agent and aircraft type training. They will train an estimated 1,151 new and existing employees to fill new and unfilled positions for aircraft instrument, electrical and avionics mechanics; technicians and inspectors; pursers and flight attendants; airline ticket and service agents; and pilots.

Contact

Connect with the Aviation Skills Grant:
Email: [email protected]