New! Donovan Drivers Education Proudly Announcing Back to Work Grant Under:
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 Manpower Services, Ballad Consulting Group, and driver training schools and financially supported by the Government of Alberta.
You must complete the following by March 31, 2021 in order to get a Class 1 driver’s licence:
- Air Brake Program
- Air Brake Knowledge Test
- Class 1 Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) Program
- Class 1 MELT Knowledge Test
- Class 1 MELT Road Test
Funding Highlights as below:
Grant recipients will receive one-time funding (Approximately $ 8900.00) for the eligible candidates:
- 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.
Important links as follows:
Apply Here: https://formsmgmt.gov.ab.ca/Public/DPLS12616.xdp
How to apply
Step 1. Fill out and submit the Driving Back to Work Grant Application Form
Fill out the Driving Back to Work Grant Application and send the form to:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
950, 10104 103rd Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta Canada T5J 0H8
- Phone: (855) 295-7180
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.
Step 2. Phone call with Ballad Group about your eligibility
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.
Step 3. Complete an interview with Ballad Group to assess your eligibility
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.
Step 4. Get a driver medical examination
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@example.com.
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.
Step 5. Receive an email from Ballad Group regarding your eligibility
The email details on how to enroll in training, including the name of the driver training school to contact.
Step 6. Contact the assigned driver training school to confimr your attendance
For questions related to applications, eligibility, and the status of your grant application please contact: