Alberta Driving Back to Work Grant Program

Unemployed Albertans have an opportunity to start careers as commercial truck drivers through the new Driving Back to Work Grant Program.

Unemployed Albertans can access funding to take the Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) program to earn a Class 1 driver’s licence.

This grant will help to fill an expected shortage of commercial drivers, forecast to be more than 12% by 2023, putting the province’s supply chain at risk. This grant supports Alberta’s Recovery Plan.

The objective of the program is to help more Albertans become Class 1 drivers. This will help support the economy by keeping the province’s supply chain open by ensuring an adequate number of Class 1 drivers are available.

The Driving Back to Work Grant is administered by Ballad Consulting Group, and driver training schools and financially supported by the Government of Alberta.

Grant includes

  • Air Brake Program
  • Air Brake Knowledge Test
  • Class 1 Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) Program
  • Class 1 MELT Knowledge Test
  • Class 1 MELT Road Test

Funding Highlights as below:

Grant recipients will receive one-time funding (Approximately $ 9400.00) for the eligible candidates:

Recipients cannot reapply for the grant for subsequent training and testing attempts.

You are required to cover the costs of:

  • an Alberta driver’s medical examination report
  • an Air Brake Knowledge Test
  • the Class 1 Knowledge Test

Funding is distributed directly to the driver training school providing the driver training.

Grant recipients do not receive any funding directly.

Important links as follows:

Apply Here:

Application Guide:

How to apply

Step 1. Fill out and submit the Driving Back to Work Grant Application Form

Fill out the Driving Back to Work Grant Application and send the form to:

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Mail:
    Ballad Group
    950, 10104 103rd Avenue
    Edmonton, Alberta Canada
    T5J 0H8
    Phone: 1-855-295-7180
  • Website: Ballad Group

If you have any questions or need help filling out your application, contact Ballad Group directly.
For more information, read the Driving Back to Work Grant Program Applicant Guide.

Step 2. Phone call with Ballad Group about your eligibility

Ballad Group will call you using the contact information you gave on the application form, within one business day of the application being received. They will book a virtual interview with you.

Step 3. Complete an interview with Ballad Group to assess your eligibility

After the virtual interview, you will receive an email from Ballad Group with the results of your assessment.

If you are eligible for the grant, you will receive a Preliminary Approval Letter in this email.

Step 4. Get a driver medical examination

If you are approved, you must get a driver medical examination conducted by a physician or nurse practitioner and submit the results to Ballad Group at [email protected].

This must be done within 15 business days from the date of your approval notification.

Medical Examinations

Failure to submit the results of the driver medical examination to Ballad Group within 15 business days will result in you having to contact Ballad Group again by phone or email to request another preliminary approval letter. This is required to ensure there is still grant funding available.

If you have a current, satisfactory driver medical examination already approved by Alberta Transportation (hold a Class 4 or Class 2 driver’s licence), you will not be required to get another driver medical examination.

Once the results of the driver medical examination are received, Ballad Group submits them to us to ensure applicants are medically fit to drive a commercial vehicle in Alberta.

The results of the driver medical examination are filed on the Medical Examination for Motor Vehicle Operators (PDF, 100 KB) form.

Go to Commercial drivers and medical fitness for requirements.

Step 5. Receive an email from Ballad Group regarding your eligibility

The email details on how to enroll in training, including the name of the driver training school to contact.

Step 6. Contact the assigned driver training school to confimr your attendance

For questions related to applications, eligibility, and the status of your grant application please contact:

Phone: 1-855-295-7180
Email: [email protected]

950, 10104 103rd Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta Canada
T5J 0H8