Several sources of government funding are currently available — or will be soon — to employers to support hiring and training.
Alberta Jobs Now Program (New):
- Up to $370 million to help businesses and non-profit organizations support jobs for unemployed and underemployed Albertans.
- Covers 25% of an employee’s salary for a 52-week period, up to a maximum of $25,000 per employee.
- Can be used to cover salary or training costs.
- Employers who hire persons with disabilities will receive a larger grant.
Canada-Alberta Job Grant (Expanded):
- Provides up to $15,000 per trainee to help them develop skills to find and keep a job.
- Eligibility has been expanded until February 28, 2022 to include employed family members and business owners with fewer than 5 employees.
- NOTE: The legislation for this program has not passed into law yet; however, the program would provide the supports retroactively upon becoming law.
- Overlaps with Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). As CEWS rates gradually decline, eligible employers would still be able to receive the maximum support from the Hiring Program this summer if they hire more workers or increase workers’ hours or wages.
- Intended to help businesses that continue to experience a decline in revenue by covering some of the increased costs of hiring as they re-open and ramp up for the summer.
- Provides a subsidy of up to 50% of eligible wages from June 6 (retroactive) to November 20, 2021.
- We will notify members once applications are being accepted for this program.