Alberta Jobs Now Program

Written by Corey Mowles, MBA on Jun. 1, 2021

Employers can apply to the Alberta Jobs Now program for funding to reduce the cost of wages and training associated with hiring unemployed or underemployed workers in new or vacant positions.

Below is a summary of the program, but more details can be found in the Alberta Jobs Now Program Application Guidelines.

Within this program, employers can:

  • apply for a grant to offset salary or training costs, or both, equal to:
  • 25% of a new hire’s salary up to $25,000 per employee
  • 37.5% of the new hire’s salary up to $37,500 per employee with a disability
  • apply for up to 20 full-time new hires per intake period:
  • first intake: May 20 to August 31, 2021
  • second intake: September 15 to December 31, 2021
  • third intake: to be announced at a later date
  • choose to have payments issued in 1 or 2 payments:
  • 1 payment: up to 100% of the grant after new hires have been employed for 52 weeks
  • 2 payments:
  • half of the eligible grant paid when the new hires have been employed for 3 months
  • the other half paid when the new hires have been employed for 52 weeks


To be eligible, you must:

  • have a valid Alberta Corporate Access Number (ACAN)
  • have been incorporated for more than a year
  • be located and operational in Alberta

You must be hiring for new or vacant full-time positions in Alberta for at least 52 weeks

New hires can be:

  • an unemployed individual employed in a part-time position at a company other than yours for fewer than 30 hours per week.
  • a new hire of the employer:
  • Hired on or after the program launch date.
  • With a start date within 120 days from the application approval.
  • New hire information must be submitted within 30 days after the date of hire.
  • A previous employee can be considered a new hire, if they have not been working for you part or full time for the past 90 days.
  • a resident of Alberta and will be working in the province

Owners and immediate family cannot apply for the grant to fund themselves.


Training must meet the following criteria to be eligible under the Alberta Jobs Now program:

  • relevant to the current operational needs of the business and result in skills development directly connected to the available job
  • delivered online, onsite or in a classroom, and may be undertaken part-time or full-time
  • started and completed within the duration of the grant
  • take place in Alberta except under exceptional circumstances

Funding through the Alberta Jobs Now program may be used to cover the following direct training costs:

  • tuition fees or fees charged by a training provider
  • mandatory student fees
  • textbooks, software and other required materials
  • examination fees

The following training is not eligible under the program:

  • apprenticeship training
  • self-study for an exam
  • training for personal interest
  • any training that is or will be funded for the same employee under a different training program, for example, the Canada-Alberta Job Grant
  • travel costs related to training


Application Process

Once the application is processed, you will receive an approval email from the Alberta Jobs Now Program. The application status will update to ‘approved’ within the portal once the application has been approved. Upon receiving approval, you will have 120 days to hire workers into the positions. You must update your application with new hire information within 30 days.

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Corey Mowles, MBA

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Corey has a passion for Leadership and has 20 years of experience working in both the profit and non-profit sectors with an extensive background in Strategic Planning, Change Management, Program Development, Project Management and being a culture champion.

He holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from Edinburgh Business School and is currently working towards his Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. Corey believes in fostering a team environment through active coaching and collaboration and values the opportunity to work with amazing teams who genuinely love the work they do.

He lives just outside the Edmonton area with his wife, three daughters and their three dogs. Away from work Corey enjoys going to concerts and hockey games, exploring local breweries, playing guitar and is always up for attending music festivals with his family.

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