How the Canada-Alberta Job Grant Can Work for You

By supporting and investing in employee training, the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) helps you to increase productivity, employee skills, and employee retention. The CAJG can be applied to many training situations, offering employers potential solutions to their workplace challenges.

The CAJG is an employer-driven training program. As an employer, you decide who gets training and what type of training may be needed for new and existing employees.

Employers will cover a minimum of one third of direct training costs, while the government covers two-thirds up to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee. If hiring and training an unemployed Albertan, up to 100% of training costs could be covered to a maximum of $15,000 per trainee.

The following scenarios illustrate how organizations can benefit from CAJG.

CAJG training situations

Economic diversification and skills mismatches

The Indigenous Tourism Company needs to hire someone with management experience, but is having trouble finding the right person. Mike is unemployed, has many years of experience managing people through projects in an oil and gas setting, but has no experience in any other industry. Mike does extremely well answering situational interview questions, convincing the interview panel that he has the core competencies for the position, and will be a good fit in the organization. They will hire him and apply to the CAJG to fund the tourism management training Mike needs. The CAJG will reimburse 100% of the training to a maximum of $15,000. The company gets the right employee with the right experience and the right training.

Getting people back to work

Hotel Alberta has applied to the CAJG to provide training to three new hires who were unemployed. The new hires require a food safety course and ProServe liquor training before they can begin work with the hotel’s catering department. Under CAJG guidelines, unemployed hires may be eligible to have 100% of their training covered to a maximum of $15,000.

Hotel Alberta has also submitted a second application requesting training dollars for two existing front desk clerks who are being promoted to positions with the hotel’s marketing team, and require hospitality sales and marketing training. Under CAJG guidelines, existing employees are eligible to have two-thirds of their training reimbursed, to a maximum of $10,000. Hotel Alberta is responsible for paying the remaining one-third. Hotel Alberta can continue to access the CAJG for future training needs, up to $300,000 per fiscal year (April – March).

Supporting small business

Sarah is the sole proprietor of a design company in Calgary. Business has been steadily increasing to a point where she needs to hire another designer to take on new clients. Sarah met the ideal candidate at a networking event, who is extremely creative and shares her business vision but would need training with the new auto design system she has recently purchased. Sarah may be eligible for the CAJG to offset the cost of training a new designer, if she can verify that she is a current Alberta sole proprietor. This can be done by submitting a WCB-Alberta clearance letter or exempt industry letter when she applies. It could mean being refunded two-thirds of the training costs, up to $10,000. And if her new hire has been unemployed for more than 30 consecutive days at the time she applies for the CAJG, training costs could be 100% reimbursed, up to $15,000. Why wouldn’t she apply?

Access to training for rural and remote organizations

Northern Green Energy Company has employees that need training to become more productive and competitive. Training is available, but given their remote location, the cost of getting those employees to training has been prohibitive. The company can apply to the CAJG and could receive up to two-thirds of the training to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee which can include travel costs up to a maximum of $856. With the CAJG assisting with the training and travel costs, Northern Green Energy is able to improve the skills of its employees and stay ahead of the curve.

Bridging internationally trained Albertans

Jordan is the owner of a rural Alberta drugstore in need of a licensed pharmacist. He would like to be able to offer the position to Olivia, his bright and ambitious Pharmacy Assistant who he has been mentoring for the past two years. Olivia is underemployed, given her academic credentials. She has a Bachelor of Pharmacy in the Philippines, but needs to complete an international pharmacy bridging program before she can apply for an Alberta license. Jordan can apply to the CAJG and receive funding to offset the cost of training for Olivia. Under the guidelines, CAJG will cover two-thirds of the training to a maximum of $10,000 which now includes assistance for travel, if travel over 100 km one way is required to attend the training program.

Business shift

Alberta Company Inc. is optimizing its workforce to align with a lower demand for their product. In order to remain competitive in the current economic climate, the business is looking at building the skills of its current workers. Employers know business success is tied to how well employees do their jobs. Skills training will provide both the employer and workers with the flexibility needed for success. To accomplish this, Alberta Company Inc. estimates its investment in combined training courses will be $12,000 per employee. The CAJG could offset this amount by up to $8,000 per employee. It’s a win-win.