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Learner Policy & Procedures

Published Date: May 22, 2020
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Overview of Benefits and Services

While attending a Government of Alberta approved training program, individuals may be eligible for income support and training benefits. Eligibility for income support is based on the household unit meeting the program and financial eligibility criteria. The amount of income support is determined through a financial needs assessment.

A learner may be eligible for the following learner income support benefits:
  • Core Shelter and Core Essential – this provides a learner with the basic costs of maintaining their household while in training.


  • Supplementary Benefits – this provides additional monies to cover specific expenses that a learner household may have. This benefit can be a continuous supplementary benefit that will be required each month while in training or a non-continuous benefit that is paid as a one-time expense.


  • Health Benefits – learners may also be eligible for a variety of health benefits. This could include prescription and non-prescription drugs, optical services, dental services, and ambulance services.


  • Training Benefits – learners may be eligible for funding to cover the cost of tuition, student association fees, mandatory fees, books and supplies.

Child Support Services (CSS) – helps single parents and parents of blended families negotiate child support agreements or obtain court orders. Agreements and orders are registered with Alberta Justice for enforcement and collection. Learners may be eligible as other Low Income Albertans.

For individuals who have been diagnosed with a disability, additional support through Disability Related Employment Supports (DRES) may be available. DRES funding is designed to address the disability related barrier(s). It is not to fund education and living costs. Some examples of DRES supports include education support such as a tutor or specialized software programs, and workplace support such as worksite or vehicle modifications.

The Government of Alberta also provides funding to eligible individuals who enroll in part-time training. They may be eligible to receive a Skills Investment Bursary.