Thank you for your interest in the Driving Back to Work Grant Program. The grant program is now full and applications for the Driving Back to Work Grant Program are no longer 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 of future employee(s) for eligible training costs, including driver training costs. For more information on the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, please visit Canada-Alberta Jobs Grant.

For information on Class 1 MELT requirements and how to obtain a Class 1 driver’s licence, visit Mandatory Entry-Level Training for Class 1 and 2 driver’s licences.

Application status: Closed

Important dates

  • November 23, 2020 (start date)
  • March 31, 2021 (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 Manpower Services, Ballad Consulting Group, and driver training schools and financially supported by the Government of Alberta.

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


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, 2021 in order to get a Class 1 driver’s licence:

  • 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 can accept grant funding (PDF, 93 KB) for training is available.

Grant recipients have until March 31, 2021 to complete the requirements for the Driving Back to Work Grant and obtain a Class 1 driver’s licence.

Please 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.