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.
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:
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: https://formsmgmt.gov.ab.ca/Public/DPLS12616.xdp
Application Guide: https://open.alberta.ca/publications/driving-back-to-work-grant-program-class-1-licensing
Fill out the Driving Back to Work Grant Application and send the form to:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The email details on how to enroll in training, including the name of the driver training school to contact.
For questions related to applications, eligibility, and the status of your grant application please contact:
Email: [email protected]
950, 10104 103rd Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta Canada