In today’s knowledge economy, organizations need well-trained employees to remain competitive. To help cover the cost of employee training, the Canadian government has introduced a job grant program. The program is part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan but is administered at the provincial level.
The Canada-Alberta Job Grant covers two-thirds of the cost of employee training up to $10,000 per employee per year. Organizations may claim a maximum of $300,000 annually. All private and not-for-profit sector employers in Alberta are eligible.
The grant program is employer driven, meaning that employers decide what type of training is needed and which employees get training. It must be training that would not otherwise take place and total a minimum of 24 hours.
Eligible expenses include tuition or instructional fees, examination fees, textbooks and other required materials. The employer covers these costs initially and is reimbursed one-third upon submission of expenses and one-third upon completion of the training. The application must be approved before expenses are incurred.
Continuing Education at Mount Royal is an eligible third-party training provider. Many of our programs are developed in response to educational needs identified in key industry sectors. Our part-time and online certificate delivery formats mean that employees do not have to be away from their jobs for an extended period.
The training experts in MRU’s Corporate Training Department can help put together a program to meet an organization’s specific needs. They can help bundle courses to meet the 24-hour minimum and assist with the grant application process.
Find more information, application forms, guidebooks, success stories and FAQs at AlbertaCanada.com/jobgrant.
— by Karen McCarthy
— illustrations by Michael Poon