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Program Overview

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


Funding provided by the Government of Canada through the Workforce Development Agreement.

Temporary Changes to the CAJG

The following program changes expand eligibility to help businesses access the training they need. These temporary changes are effective from February 18, 2021 until February 28, 2022.


Eligible trainee now includes employed family members of eligible employers.


Business owners (incorporated, unincorporated, sole-proprietor, partnerships) with 4 or fewer employees, including all owners, are now eligible trainees.


Training is no longer required to be incremental.

Operational Program Changes

The following permanent operational changes will make the application process more efficient. These permanent changes are effective as of February 18, 2021.

  • Training can start once the application is received by the CAJG.
  • Employers may pay for training at any time. However, the training cannot start until all trainees have signed the application and the application is received by the CAJG.
  • Course information is no longer required to be listed on the training provider’s website.
  • Customized training is eligible.
  • Revised list of eligible and ineligible training cost.
  • See the Applicant Guide on the right for the full list.

Permanent Changes To The CAJG

The following permanent operational changes will make the application process more efficient. These permanent changes are effective as of February 18, 2021.

  • Training can start once the application is received by the CAJG.
  • Employers may pay for training at any time. However, the training cannot start until all trainees have signed the application and the application is received by the CAJG.
  • Course information is no longer required to be listed on the training provider’s website.
  • Customized training is eligible.
  • Revised list of eligible and ineligible training cost.
  • See the Applicant Guide on the right for the full list.

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 CAJG 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 100 km one way within Alberta for small and medium-sized organizations (see Appendix A of the Applicant Guide (PDF, 1.0 MB) on the right for more details.


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

Eligible Employers

The CAJG is available to:

  • private sector employers, including sole proprietors and partnerships
  • non-profit sector employers
  • First Nations and Metis 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.

Eligible Employers

CAJG trainees must be one of the following:

  • Canadian citizens
  • permanent residents
  • protected people under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) who are entitled to work in Canada
  • business owners (incorporated, unincorporated, sole-proprietor, partnerships) with 4 or fewer employees, including all owners, are now eligible trainees
  • employed family members
  • All eligible trainees must live in Alberta.

Training Providers

Paramount Learning Systems Inc. is a recognized Trainer for the CAJG. All individual courses and customized training programs qualify as per the requirements listed below.

Training Requirements

Training must meet all of the following criteria:

  • 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 courses start date
  • Result in some credential (record of completion, certification, grade, and so on)
  • 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.

How To Apply

To submit an application for access to the CAJG the business must have a myAlberta Digital ID for Business Account.


To create this account follow these steps. (If you already have an account, simply the Labours Workforce Grants Portal)

1.Select the Sign Up button from the MyAlberta Digital ID for Business home screen.


2.Fill out the General Business Information section for your employer organization. Accept the Terms and Conditions, and then select the Next button. Note: If you are an Indigenous Government, please select non-profit organization as the business type. Labour’s Workforce Grants Portal will ask you to provide a more specific employer type on your first login.


3.Fill out the Business Administrator Information section, review and accept the terms and conditions and then select the Submit button.


4.After hitting the Submit button, you will see a screen confirming the submission of your registration. It explains that you will receive an email in order to complete the registration process.


5.Open your email. Look for the Business Registration Confirmation email from SA-NoReply ID. Click on the Complete Registration link within 96 hours to continue registering for MyAlberta Digital ID for Business.


6.After clicking the link, you will be asked to login to MyAlberta Digital ID for Business.


7.Login with your password and the registration is completed. You will now be able to access Labour’s Workforce Grants Portal.

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