Applications are not currently being accepted.

Eligible employers can still access the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, which is a training program where an employer applies on behalf of their present or future employee(s) for eligible training costs, including driver-training costs.

Visit Canada-Alberta Jobs Grant for more information.

Visit Mandatory Entry-Level Training for Class 1 and 2 driver’s licences for Class 1 requirements and receive a Class 1 licence.

Application status: Closed

Important dates

  • April 1, 2021 (start date)
    The contractor will contact waitlisted applicants from 2020 in April 2021.
  • A call for new applications is expected in early fall 2021
  • March 31, 2022 (completion of program)


Unemployed Albertans have an opportunity to start careers as commercial truck drivers through the new Driving Back to Work Grant Program.

Unemployed Albertans can access funding to take the Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) program to earn a Class 1 driver’s licence.

This grant will help to fill an expected shortage of commercial drivers, forecast to be more than 12% by 2023, putting the province’s supply chain at risk. This grant supports Alberta’s Recovery Plan.

The objective of the program is to help more Albertans become Class 1 drivers. This will help support the economy by keeping the province’s supply chain open by ensuring an adequate number of Class 1 drivers are available.

The Driving Back to Work Grant is administered by third party contractors, driver training schools and financially supported by the Government of Alberta.

For more information, read the Driving Back to Work Grant Program Applicant Guide.


You must apply and be approved as eligible to receive grant funding.

Starting April 1, 2021, grant applicants who were in the process of having their eligibility assessed last year, but could not be funded, will be reviewed to reconfirm their eligibility.

New applications for the program will be accepted in summer 2021.


Grant recipients will receive one-time funding for the:

Recipients cannot reapply for the grant for subsequent training and testing attempts.

You are required to cover the costs of:

  • an Alberta driver’s medical examination report
  • an Air Brake Knowledge Test
  • the Class 1 Knowledge Test

Funding is distributed directly to the driver training school providing the driver training.

Grant recipients do not receive any funding directly.

Grant requirements

You must complete the following by March 31, 2022 or within 8 weeks of starting their training:

  • Air Brake Program
  • Air Brake Knowledge Test
  • Class 1 Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) Program
  • Class 1 MELT Knowledge Test
  • Class 1 MELT Road Test

A list of driver training schools that accept grant funding for training will be made available when the call for applications opens.

Contact the Government of Canada for questions and concerns about how this grant program affects your EI status at 1-800-206-7218 or through one of the other contact methods outlined on their website.

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