Eligibility at a Glance

Refer to the CAJG Applicant Guide (PDF) for complete criteria.

Eligible employers

  • All private sector and non-profit employers in Alberta including sole proprietors
  • First Nations and Métis Settlements in Alberta
  • Designated Crown Corporations in communities of 100,000 people or less

Eligible trainees

  • New or existing employees that will fill current or future job vacancies
  • Unemployed Albertans (unemployed for more than 30 consecutive days and hired by the employer for no more than 4 weeks prior to signing and submitting the CAJG application)
  • Canadian citizens, permanent residents, or protected persons under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (Canada) entitled to work in Canada who are currently residing in Alberta

Ineligible trainees

  • Temporary Foreign Workers, or anyone temporarily working in Canada
  • Self-employed individuals, company owners and their immediate family members, board or council members
  • A person who will not be employed by the applicant after the training program is completed

Training providers

  • Must be accepted Alberta third-party training providers who are separate and distinct from the employer

Eligible training

  • 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

Ineligible training

  • Apprenticeship technical training programs
  • Self-study models (e.g. audio books, instructional DVDs, etc.)

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

Download and read the CAJG Applicant Guide (PDF) for complete program details and instruction on how to complete the application forms.