Overview

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is a training program where an employer applies on behalf of their employee(s) for eligible training costs. Employers decide who gets training and what type of training may be needed for their employees.

See the Canada-Alberta Job Grant Applicant Guide (PDF, 1.1 MB)

What's new

A simplified process allows employers to fill out a single form to get one grant payment. See receiving payment for more information.

Funding

Eligible employers are required to contribute a minimum of one-third of the total training costs for existing employees. Government contributes two-thirds of the cost to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee per fiscal year. If hiring and training an unemployed Albertan, up to 100% of training costs could be covered, up to $15,000 per trainee.

Individual employers will have a cap of $300,000 for the amount of grant funding they can receive per fiscal year. This ensures that funding is available for as many Alberta employers as possible.

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is available for direct training costs only, including:

  • tuition fees or instructional fees charged by the training provider
  • mandatory student fees
  • examination fees
  • textbooks or software
  • other required materials directly relevant to the training course and distinct from materials required to run the employer's business
  • eligible travel cost for participant and trainers (outside of Edmonton and Calgary) when training is over 100km one way for small and medium-sized organizations (see Appendix A of the Applicant Guide (PDF, 1.1 MB) for details

Employee wages cannot be reimbursed through the grant and Income Support is not available for workers who are in grant-funded training.

Eligibility

Eligible employers

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is available to:

  • private sector employers
  • non-profit sector employers
  • First Nations and Métis Settlements
  • the Agriculture Financial Services Corporation (if in a community with a population of 100,000 or less)
  • Alberta Treasury Branches (if in a community with a population of 100,000 or less)

To be eligible, Alberta employers must have current or potential employees who need training to fill current or future positions. It is expected the individual(s) will be hired upon completion of the training, if they are not currently an employee.

Eligible trainees

Canada-Alberta Job Grant trainees must be one of the following:

All eligible trainees must live in Alberta.

Ineligible trainees

The following individuals are not eligible as Canada-Alberta Job grant trainees:

  • company owners (includes shareholders of a corporation and any member of the employer's board or council)
  • immediate family of the company owners
  • Temporary Foreign Workers, or anyone temporarily working in Canada
  • anyone self-employed

Refer to the Canada-Alberta Job Grant Applicant Guide (PDF, 1.1 MB) for complete eligibility criteria.

Training providers

Employers are responsible for finding appropriate training providers and programs.

Training providers must be third-party trainers separate and distinct from the employer. The employer may not act as the training provider and the training provider may not employ the individual it is training. Training must be a main business activity of the training provider.

Training

Requirements

Training must:

  • total 21 instructional hours or longer per trainee per application
  • start within 6 months after receiving Canada-Alberta Job Grant approval
  • be completed within 52 weeks of the training course(s) start date
  • result in some credential (record of completion, certification, grade, etc.)
  • be incremental, meaning the training is in addition to the employer's regular operational training and would not have otherwise taken place without the grant
    • this requirement does not apply where the trainee is an unemployed hire who requires training, upgrading or bridging before starting the job

A satisfactory course outline including training rates and course descriptions must be posted online, and remain stable.

Training may be delivered on a full or part-time basis, and may be any combination of online, on-site or in a classroom setting.

Apprenticeship Technical Training programs and self-study models like instructional books or DVDs are not supported by the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Trainees receiving Employment Insurance (EI)

Employers must declare on the Canada-Alberta Job Grant Application if their trainee is receiving Employment Insurance (EI) benefits.

A trainee receiving EI benefits must notify their EI case worker of the training as soon as possible, to ensure they continue to receive their benefits.

How to apply

Step 1: Read the Applicant Guide

Canada-Alberta Job Grant Applicant Guide (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Step 2: Complete the correct application for your trainee(s)

You only need to submit one application for all trainees taking the same training at the same time.

Trouble opening PDF forms?

These fillable forms only open in Internet Explorer and Adobe. To complete the form on other browsers (Microsoft Edge, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.):

  1. Right Click (Ctrl Click on a Mac) on the PDF link to save it on your computer.
  2. Open Adobe Reader. Please note, you cannot use Adobe Reader PRO or other tools to print the forms. Only use Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill out the forms. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free.
  3. Open the PDF from within Adobe Reader. You can now fill out and save your form.

Check the website every time you apply to make sure you have the correct form and are up to date on the applicant guide.

Further help on how to access fillable forms on the web can be found on the Adobe website.

Canada-Alberta Job Grant Application for Employed Trainee(s) (PDF, 230 KB)

Canada-Alberta Job Grant Application for Unemployed Trainee(s) (PDF, 227 KB)

Make sure to complete all pages of the form and include supporting documents. If the form or supporting documents are incomplete your application will not be assessed for funding.

Use the following application checklist documents to ensure that all requirements are completed:

Canada-Alberta Job Grant Application Checklist for Employed Trainees (PDF, 99 KB)

Canada-Alberta Job Grant Application Checklist for Unemployed Trainees (PDF, 99 KB)

Step 3: Mail the application package

Mail your completed and signed application with supporting documentation to:

Canada-Alberta Job Grant
Ministry of Labour
P.O. Box 840 Edmonton Main
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 2L4

The application must be submitted at least 30 days before the start of training. Couriered envelopes are not accepted.

Receiving payment

Step 1: Read the Completion form checklist

Completion Form Checklist (PDF, 91 KB)

Step 2: Fill out the training completion form

Trouble opening PDF forms?

These fillable forms only open in Internet Explorer and Adobe. To complete the form on other browsers (Microsoft Edge, Safari, Chrome, Firefox, etc.):

  1. Right Click (Ctrl Click on a Mac) on the PDF link to save it on your computer.
  2. Open Adobe Reader. Please note, you cannot use Adobe Reader PRO or other tools to print the forms. Only use Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill out the forms. Download Adobe Acrobat Reader for free.
  3. Open the PDF from within Adobe Reader. You can now fill out and save your form.

Check the website every time you apply to make sure you have the correct form and are up to date on the applicant guide.

Further help on how to access fillable forms on the web can be found on the Adobe website.

Canada-Alberta Job Grant Training Completion form (PDF, 218 KB)

Employers may choose to receive 2 payment installments by contacting the Canada-Alberta Job Grant team and requesting an interim reimbursement. This request can be made by contacting us.

If the employed trainee paid for the training costs, documentation must be included to show the employer has reimbursed the trainee for the full training amount. Unemployed trainees are not permitted to fund their own training costs.

The completion form must be submitted within 30 days of finishing training.

Step 3: Mail the completion package

Mail the completed form along with receipts and payment verification to:

Canada-Alberta Job Grant
Ministry of Labour
P.O. Box 840 Edmonton Main
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 2L4

Couriered envelopes cannot be accepted.

Resources

Annual Reports

Canada-Alberta Job Fund Agreement 2017/2018 Annual Report

Checklists

Canada-Alberta Job Grant Application Checklist for Employed Trainees (PDF, 99 KB)

Canada-Alberta Job Grant Application Checklist for Unemployed Trainees (PDF, 99 KB)

Completion Form Checklist (PDF, 91 KB)

Forms

Canada-Alberta Job Grant Application for Employed Trainee(s) (PDF, 230 KB)

Canada-Alberta Job Grant Application for Unemployed Trainee(s) (PDF, 227 KB)

Canada-Alberta Job Grant Training Completion form (PDF, 218 KB)

Guides

Canada-Alberta Job Grant Applicant Guide (PDF, 1.1 MB)

Contact

To connect with the Canada-Alberta Job Grant processing centre:

Phone: 780-638-9424 (in Edmonton)
Toll free: 1-855-638-9424
Email: jobgrant@gov.ab.ca

Address:
Canada-Alberta Job Grant
Ministry of Labour
P.O. Box 840 Edmonton Main
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 2L4