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Expected to Work/Barriers to Full Employment Policy & Procedures

Published Date: February 23, 2018
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03 Client Categories/Types

Barriers to Full Employment (BFE)

Client Sub-Type 47 Attending a Program

These BFE clients (excluding Client Sub-Type 43 Severe Handicap) are attending full-time pre-employment or rehabilitation programs identified in their Service Plan.

Programs could include: 

  • Training for disabled persons not expected to lead to full-time continuous employment
  • Life management 
  • Anger management 
  • Residential Addictions Treatment
  • Parenting programs or other interventions required to comply with an Alberta Community and Social Services case plan

These are not expected to lead to employment, are NOT considered Learner training programs, and training benefits (e.g., tuition) are not being provided under the Income and Employment Supports Act.

Clients attending an approved Training Program under the Skills Investment Program apply for Learner funding.

In addition to the expectations for all BFE clients, clients attending a program are also required to:

  • Maintain the same level of commitment and behaviour in their program, as an employer would expect in a work situation.
  • Attend the program regularly.
  • Inform program officials of the reason for any absences.
  • Comply with all program policies and practices for student conduct.
  • Attend employment workshops provided by department staff as required.


  • Statement from the program provider regarding the type and length of the program and proof of attendance
  • Employability Assessment completed in Mobius when the multiple barrier was assessed or within a reasonable period of being categorized as sub-type 47 considering factors such as; length of initial medical, client circumstances, SND assessment etc.
  • In addition, in the case of a person with a persistent mental or physical health problem with an expected duration of more than six months, a(n):