The CAJG is an employer-driven training program where employers and government share the cost of training new and existing employees. Employers decide who gets training and what type of training may be needed for their employees. Eligible employers are required to contribute a minimum of one-third of the total training costs. Government contributes two-thirds of the cost to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee. 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 on the amount of grant funding they can receive annually ($300,000) to ensure that funding will be available for as many Alberta employers as possible.
Eligible trainees under the CAJG are: Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and protected persons under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) who are entitled to work in Canada. Trainees must be residents of Alberta.
- Training must be incremental, meaning that the training is in addition to the employer’s regular operational training, and would not have otherwise taken place without the grant
- Exceptions are made where the trainee is an unemployed hire who requires training, upgrading or bridging before starting the job
- Training must be instructional and result in a credential
Training duration and format:
- Minimum 21 instructional hours of training must start within 6 months of approval and be completed within 52 weeks of start date
- Training that starts before grant is approved will not be reimbursed
- Training can be delivered online, on-site, in a classroom or combined, on a part-time or full-time basis
For more information on the Canada-Alberta Job Grant, go here.