If you or your employees need landlord training but are hesitating because you can’t afford it, make sure you investigate the Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG). You/your employees could receive training at very little or even no cost! Does it sound too good to be true? It’s not!
The Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) is a training program where the government contributes one-third of the total training costs for existing employees to 100% for new or unemployed Albertans, for a total of $15,000 per trainee. The cap for individual employers is $300,000 per fiscal year.
The content from this informational article is taken directly form The Government of Canada’s Canada-Alberta Job Grant’s website; https://www.aolccalberta.com/canadaalberta-job-grant.
What training costs does the CAJG cover?
The CAJG covers;
- 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 participants 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) for details
What does the CAJG not cover?
The CAJG does not cover employee wages reimbursed through grant and income support.
Which employers are eligible?
Alberta employers who have current or potential employees who need the training to fill current or future positions are eligible, including;
- 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)
Which employers are ineligible?
Ineligible employers include;
- Company owners (includes shareholders of a corporation and any member of the employer’s board or council) of businesses with more than four employees
- Family members who are not current employees
- Temporary Foreign Workers or anyone temporarily working in Canada
Which employees are eligible?
Eligible employees trainees must live in Alberta and include;
- 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 four or fewer employees, including all owners, are now eligible trainees
- Employed family members
Which training providers are eligible?
Training can be taken from;
- Third-party trainers who are separate and distinct from the employer
- Training providers where training is the main business activity
Who is eligible for training?
Eligible trainees include;
- An employed family member of eligible employers
- Employees of business owners
- Business owners (incorporated, unincorporated, sole-proprietor, or partnerships) with four or less employees, are eligible for training
When can training start?
Training must start within nine months of the grant approval.
When must training be completed?
Training must be completed within 15 months of the training start date.
What If the course is postponed?
If the course is postponed, contact CAJB to update your file with the new course date.
What if the course is cancelled?
If the course is cancelled contact CAJG to withdraw and obtain a refund from the course provide.r
What are the training requirements?
Training requirements include;
- Total 21 instructional hours or longer per trainee per application
- Start within six 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)
- Full or part-time training delivery
- Combination of online, on-site, or classroom setting
Are employees on EI eligible?
Trainees on EI must notify their Employment Insurance (EI) case working of the training to ensure they continue receiving their benefits. Employers must declare their trainee is receiving EI benefits.
Is an application required for each trainee from the same company?
No, only one application needs to be submitted for trainees taking the same training.
How can you be reimbursed for training?
You can be reimbursed;
- Either in 2 payment installments by requesting an interim reimbursement directly from the CAJG team
- By submitting a training completion form submitted within 30 days of finishing training
How are you paid?
- By completing the CAJG Training Completion Form Checklist
- Filling out the training completion Access Labour’s Workforce Grants Portal
- Providing payment information Request for EFT – Direct Deposit form
How can you apply?
- Read the applicant guide https://www.alberta.ca/assets/documents/CAJG-applicant-guide.pdf
- Create a MyAlberta Digital ID for Business Creating a MyAlberta Digital ID for Business
- Compete the application for your trainees https://cajg-step.labour.alberta.ca/
- Ensure all document requirements are completed including;
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