Coal-fired electricity generation will be phased out by Dec 31, 2029.
As part of the Coal Workforce Transition Fund, the Coal and Electricity Transition Tuition Voucher provides affected coal workers with a maximum of $12,000 to pursue post-secondary education to train for new careers.
You're eligible if you:
- worked for an eligible employer for at least one year immediately prior to losing your job due to the coal-fired electricity phase out
- received a formal notice for a layoff date on or after Jan 2, 2018
- are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person
You can use the voucher while receiving financial assistance from other programs, such as EI benefits, bridge to re-employment grant and student aid.
You're not eligible if you:
- quit or were fired from your position
- were in a contract position
- are retiring
- received bridge to retirement assistance
Eligible programs of study
The voucher can be used for credit courses in certificate, diploma or degree (undergraduate or graduate) programs at one of Alberta’s:
- full-time, part-time and open studies
- apprenticeship technical training
- pre-employment programs
Non-credit (i.e., continuing education) courses offered through the public post-secondary system can be considered when you demonstrate the training supplements existing skills and leads to increased employability. Speak to a Career and Employment Counsellor for more information.
- private career college programs
- out-of-country programs
- out-of-province programs, except when not available in Alberta
- any program not offered through public post-secondary institutions or First Nations Colleges
Grant funding to attend academic upgrading programs is available through the Foundational Learning Supports program.
How it works
You have 5 years from your lay-off date to use the full $12,000 maximum value of the voucher.
The money can be used up in a single year or spread over multiple years. The voucher is transferrable across eligible post-secondary institutions and programs.
The money will be paid directly to the post-secondary institution. Payments will not be made to individuals.
- mandatory instructional and non-instructional fees
The voucher can also be used towards apprenticeship programs and services that have a fee and are offered directly by Apprenticeship and Industry Training with Advanced Education.
- application fees
- books, equipment or supplies
Once a portion of the voucher is used, you’ll be notified of your remaining balance and will receive a T4A tax slip (the institution you attend will issue a T2202A tax slip used to calculate the tuition tax credit).
You’re responsible for tuition costs that exceed the value of the voucher.
How to apply
Please speak with the onsite Career and Employment Counsellor regarding your eligibility for the tuition voucher and review the program guidelines.
- CETT Voucher Program guidelines - April 2018 (PDF, 43 KB)
For eligibility questions or to make an appointment: