Businesses and non-profit organizations can apply for funds to help cover the costs of employing and training new Albertans. The Alberta Jobs Now program will provide up to $370 million in job support to commercial and non-profit organizations, allowing thousands of Albertans to re-enter the workforce. Employers can apply for funds to help defray the costs of hiring and training Albertans for new or vacant jobs.
It is the largest federal-provincial employment training initiative in Alberta’s history. It will aid our province’s recovery, assist businesses in reopening or expanding their staff, and provide Albertans with the skills they require in today’s employment market. Read testimonies from employers who have benefited from the Alberta Jobs Now program’s initial admission period.
- The first intake closed on July 23, 2021
- Second intake: November 10 until December 17, 2021
- Third intake: to be announced at a later date
Ministry responsible: Labor and Immigration
About the Funding
Businesses and non-profit organizations from all industries are eligible to apply for funds to help them lower the costs of employing and training Albertans. Additional funding is provided for recruiting disabled people.
Employers have the following options:
- submit an application for a grant to help with salary or training costs, or both, in the amount of:
- 25% of a new hire’s pay, up to a maximum of $25,000 per employee
Employees with disabilities are entitled to 37.5 percent of the new hire’s salary, up to $37,500.
- For the second intake, you can apply for up to ten new hires:
- The first intake will be from May 20 to July 23, 2021.
- The second intake will take place from November 10 to December 17, 2021.
- third intake: date to be determined at a later time
Choose whether payments are made in one or two installments:
- One payment: up to 100% of the award after 52 weeks of employment for new hires.
- Two installments:
- Half of the eligible award is paid when new hires have been hired for three months.
The remaining half will be paid when the new workers have worked for 52 weeks. New enterprises and organizations that have been in operation for less than six months will receive 25% funding after three months and 75% after 52 weeks.
Read the Alberta Jobs Now Program Application Guidelines for more information.
Read the application guidelines for the first intake period if you apply between May 20 and July 23.
Read the application guidelines for the second intake period if you applied during intake 2 (November 10 to December 17).
What Are the Benefits of this Program?
- Employers can apply to the Albertan Jobs Now initiative for assistance with pay and training costs associated with filling new or vacant positions. Employers will be able to reopen or grow their businesses with the support of this funding.
- Jobless or underemployed
If you’re unemployed or underemployed and looking for work, tell potential employers that if they hire you, they can apply for the Alberta Jobs Now program, which will cover your salaries and training costs. Workers are unable to apply for the program on their own.
- People with disabilities in Alberta
Employers who hire disabled people will receive a subsidy that is 1.5 times the amount they would receive for ordinary employees. If you have a disability and seek work, you can inform employers that they may be eligible for additional funding. Suppose you have a disability and are looking for work. In that case, you can inform businesses that they will be eligible for additional grant money under the Alberta Jobs Now Program if they hire you.
Businesses and non-profit groups in Alberta are eligible to apply. On a first-come, first-served basis, applications will be evaluated.
Organizations: Organizations must be one of the following legal entities to be eligible:
- private corporation or partnership: must have a valid Alberta Corporate Access Number (ACAN) and be based in Alberta.
- sole proprietors: must have a valid trade name number, must be registered in the Alberta Corporate Registry, must be located and operating in Alberta with coverage under the Workers’ Compensation Act, must submit a Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB-Alberta) clearance letter, and must submit the following:
Exempt industry letter from WCB-Alberta, as well as a copy of their federal payroll deductions or GST registration
- Non-profit organizations must be registered or incorporated, have a valid ACAN, and be located and operating in Alberta.
New Hires Who Are Eligible
- a new employee hired by the company
- For the second application intake, a previous employer-employee can be considered a new hire if they have not worked for the employer applicant, part or full time, for the previous 90 days. New employees must have been hired on or after the program announcement date (May 19, 2021)
- New hire offers letters or start dates cannot be more than 90 calendar days following application acceptance, and new hire information must be submitted within 30 calendar days of the new hire’s start date.
- Alberta resident who will be working in the province
What Are the Required Documents?
- Offer of employment: As part of the new hire information, employers must submit an offer of employment or a letter of employment. These documents should be signed on company letterhead and include the following information:
- information on the location of the employer
- job and annual income (including vacation compensation)
- date of commencement
- new employee’s name
- signature of the employer
- signature of an employee
- if it is a temporary or permanent post
- whether the position is full-time or part-time, and the average number of hours worked per week
- Information on new hires: Personal information about new hires will be requested from employers. To collect the required personal information about new hires, you can use the New Hire Information Form (PDF, 343 KB). It is an optional form that should not be submitted through the application portal. Employers may re-enter their application after it has been submitted if they do not have all relevant information from their new hires.
- Payment information: Payment Details Grant payments will be made by direct transfer. Employers must produce one of the following banking documents to receive direct deposit:
- void cheque
- void cheque
- Direct Deposit Application form for Electronic Funds Transfer
How to Apply?
During the application intake periods, businesses and non-profits in Alberta may apply. Note that the portal may sometimes be inaccessible as the program is tweaked.
How to Know your Application Status?
After you submit your application, it will appear in the ‘submitted’ status on the main page of the online application portal.
Applications with missing or erroneous information will be processed more slowly. A program advisor may contact the applicant to process the application for additional information. Applicants should not reapply if they have already filed an application, and Resubmitting an application may result in additional delays. Employers will get an approval email from the Alberta Jobs Now Program once their application has been processed. Within the portal, the application status will change to ‘approved.’
Employers will have 90 days after gaining clearance to hire workers into the roles, and they must amend the application with new hire details within 30 days of the recruit’s start date. Employers can check the Alberta Jobs Now Program portal to get more information about the progress of their applications.