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.
Grant recipients will receive one-time funding for the:
- Air Brake Program
- Class 1 Mandatory Entry Level Training
- vehicle rental and use of yard for the Class 1 Road Test(s)
- maximum of 2 Driver’s road tests
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.