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Important dates

  • April 21, 2023: Call for applications opens.
  • April 26, 2023: Deadline to submit questions for applications.
  • April 28, 2023: Questions and answers and recorded information session posted to this web page.
  • May 26, 2023: Application intake closes.
  • Summer 2023: Successful grants announced.


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 and selection criteria
  • assistance in completing this application form


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


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.

Applications will be evaluated based on meeting the eligibility criteria and on these 4 key factors:

  • supports workforce growth and expansion in the aviation or aerospace industry in Alberta
  • addresses a demonstrated training need in Alberta
  • targets occupations where there is a significant shortage in Alberta
  • employer contribution towards eligible training costs
  • 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 administered through a 'call for applications’ process. Eligible employers may apply anytime from April 21 to May 26, 2023:

  • Once the intake period closes, submitted applications will be evaluated.
  • No updates will be provided during the evaluation process.
  • Successful applicants will be notified of funding approval in summer 2023.

Step 1. Review the Applicant Guide and the updated FAQs

Step 2. Prepare your application package

Applications will be evaluated on the information provided in the portal. This includes:

Supporting documentation must be provided before the closure of the intake period.

Step 3. Log in to the application portal and apply

Eligible employers can use the Alberta Aviation Skills Grant portal (see below) to apply online, review the status of their application, or update the information of an existing application. If the grant is approved, this portal will be used for reporting and completion of the grant.

To apply, you must have a MyAlberta Digital ID for Business (MADI-B):

  • If you already have an account, use that same username and password to access the Aviation Skills Grant portal.
  • First-time users will need to create an account:
  • As a best practice, have a secondary contact person on the account:
    • In MADI-B, administrators will be able to invite more administrators or delegates to set up their own individual log in.
    • Once that is set up, both administrators and delegates can log in to the Aviation Skills Grant portal to access the application.

Log in to the Aviation Skills Grant portal

After you apply

Applications will be evaluated 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.

If you wish to receive payment through an EFT, you must upload one of these 2 documents 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 review for efficiency and alignment with sector needs. Stakeholder, employer and staff feedback will be considered for any future updates.


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

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