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Approval of Training Programs

Published Date: December 19, 2019
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Labour and Immigration Program Approval Policy

Income and Employment Supports Act, Section 20
Income and Employment Supports Act, Section 26(a)
Training Provider Regulation


In order for learners to participate in a Labour and Immigration funded employment or training program, and be eligible to access Income Support and Benefits and/or Training Benefits, the program must have been approved through a contract.

Program Approvals

Approval for contracted training programs is granted to training providers whose programs have been accepted through Labour and Immigration’s standard contracting process.


Training providers must be located in Alberta. Exceptions may be made for training providers located in border communities such as Lloydminster.

Mandatory Certification

Private training providers applying to the Government of Alberta for a training contract must be a legal entity, registered with the Alberta Corporate Registry.

Training providers must meet the requirements of any mandatory licensing or accrediting processes required by other authorities and/or ministries.

Financial Security

Private training providers who have programs approved must provide proof of financial Viability prior to final approval of a program.

The Government of Alberta will determine the standard of financial accountability required.

Maintenance of financial security is a requirement for continued program approval. Providers must seek approval prior to making any changes to the amount of security in place.

If, in the opinion of the Minister, a provider fails to comply with the Income and Employment Supports Act, related regulations, policies or agreements with the Government of Alberta, then the contract may be terminated.


Training providers must, at their own expense, insure their operations under a General Liability Insurance contract, in accordance with the Alberta Insurance Act, in an amount of not less than $2,000,000 inclusive per occurrence. Such insurance must cover personal injury and property damage, including loss of use thereof. Such insurance shall include Blanket Written Liability and Non-Owned Automobile Liability.

Training providers shall maintain automobile liability insurance on all vehicles owned, operated or licensed in the name of the training provider in an amount not less than $2,000,000.

Training providers delivering programs in privately-owned buildings (a building not owned by the Government of Alberta) shall submit certificates of insurance to the department prior to the final approval of the program.

All required insurance shall be endorsed to provide the Minister with 30 days advance written notice of cancellation or material change restricting coverage.

Fire and Health Inspections

Fire and Health inspections conducted by the appropriate municipal authority are required by all public and private training providers delivering programs in facilities that are privately owned. Confirmation of compliance is part of the legal contracting process.


To view opportunities to submit a proposal, a training provider can access Alberta Purchasing Connections for further information.

Program Maintenance
Changes After Contract Approval

Providers must notify the Government of Alberta of any changes in their circumstances that may adversely affect program delivery and must supply financial information upon request. Contractors are to contact their identified Government Representative as per their contract.

Programs will be reviewed regularly to ensure compliance with policy and regulatory requirements and to ensure outcomes are achieved.

Training providers must advise the Government of Alberta of any proposed changes and receive approval through the amendment process before making the change to:

  • the program for e.g., duration, instructional hours, instructor qualifications type and nature of training
  • the premises at which training is provided 
  • the security provided
  • ownership of the company
  • any other change that is not previously allowed for in the contract