What Training Programs Are Available to Me?
Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) has several programs available for those who wish to be trained in a trade or retrained for another occupation. There is a priority system for accepting applicants. Those who demonstrate the highest need or desire to be retrained, as well as the potential to succeed in the program, will be accepted. A training allowance to cover expenses may be available to you. The amount will be determined by financial circumstances, such as whether or not the applicant has dependents. For more information, contact your local HRDC, found under Government of Canada in the telephone book. If you are eligible for employment benefits, you may be able to collect your benefits while you work in a training program operated by HRDC.
Both the federal and provincial governments offer wage subsidy programs for employers who are willing to hire and train an employee who has been out of the job market for a certain length of time. The employer may receive a government grant covering a major portion of the employee’s wages. If you are someone who has not worked for a while, you might use this as a selling point to a prospective employer. Contact a Federal HRDC Center or a Provincial Income & Employment Centre for more information.
The Alberta Ministry of Immigration and Education has also developed a Learner Income Support program for individuals who are unemployed and wish to return to school for full-time or part-time studies. The funding covers the cost of tuition, books, supplies, and a living allowance. To qualify, you must reside in Alberta, demonstrate financial need, and enroll in an approved program of study. In addition, you must have a clear, definable and realistic employment goal. For more information, contact your local provincial Income and Employment Centre.