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Published Date: July 05, 2018
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Work Foundations

Integrated Foundational Pathways


Income and Employment Supports Act, Part 3 Section 20
Training Provider Regulation, Section 2


Integrated Foundational Pathways (IFP) provides adult Albertans with a supportive and interactive learning environment. The unique blend of essential skills, academics and applied skills development allows Albertans to build on their foundational competencies while preparing them for further education/training and employment.

Program Components

  1. Essential skills - prepares individuals with the skills needed for learning and enabling people to evolve in their education, jobs and life. Examples of content include reading, writing, document use, numeracy, computer use, thinking, oral communication and working with others.
  2. Academic components - in one or more of the following areas:
    1. Basic Skills which provide literacy and numeracy skills at Grade 1-6 levels and adult basic education at Grade 7-9 levels.
    2. Academic Upgrading which provides the necessary academic competencies at a grade 10–12 level. It includes high school credit courses per Alberta Education curricula, and equivalency courses accepted by post-secondary institutions per Alberta Council for Admissions and Transfers (ACAT) Agreement.
    3. English as a Second Language (ESL) to gain the English language skills to be proficient in speaking, reading, writing and listening in English.  ESL provides study and practice of the English language to individuals whose first language is other than English and who are unable to communicate fluently or learn effectively in English.
  3. Applied skills development - allows the individual to learn and apply theoretical knowledge in practical situations, in the classroom, and/or on the job to build their experience and increase their effectiveness in real circumstances.  This component can also include the first period technical training, or courses/training that lead to credit towards a post-secondary program. Safety courses will only be considered if they are a prerequisite for either the classroom or on the job skill development component.

Components 1 and 2 must make up a minimum of 50% of the IFP program.

Other Program Requirements

  • IFP programs must be minimally 12 weeks in length to a maximum of 52 weeks. In addition, there must be at least 20 hours of instruction per week. 
  • Albertans applying for financial assistance must meet the eligibility criteria of a full time learner and be attending an IFP program that has been approved by Advanced Education.