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Learner Policy & Procedures

Published Date: April 01, 2016
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Learner Income Support Benefits

Non-Continuous Supplementary Benefits

Special Transportation and Travel Payment


Income Supports, Training and Health Benefits Regulation, Schedule 4, Section 6
Income Supports, Training and Health Benefits Regulation, Schedule 4, Section 16
Delegation of Minister's Authority to Directors/Staff Ministerial Order
Full-Time Learners: Schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Labour)
Full-Time Learners: Schedules 1, 2, 3 and 4 (Advanced Education)


The Government of Alberta assists with the additional costs when learners are required to travel in specific situations.


The Government of Alberta may pay travel costs when a member of a learner household has to travel for the following reasons:

  • to reach a place of safety
  • to receive treatment (e.g., addictions, medical, etc.)
  • to comply with Child Support Services requirements including DNA testing, or
  • to make a mandatory appearance in criminal court proceedings within Alberta.

The benefit is issued only to the person(s) who is/are required to travel. In a situation where another member of the household unit has to accompany that person because of that person’s age or health, a benefit for the accompanying person is also issued (e.g., if a small child has to travel to the health service, only one adult may be given the benefit to accompany that child).


In all cases a signed Change in Circumstances form for Learners is required and when in doubt additional substantiation as identified below.

  • Reaching a Place of Safety: communication (i.e. letter or Mobius Notes) from an HS Authorized Official or authorized training provider indicating knowledge of the need for safety (e.g. fleeing abuse) or evidence from a reliable source (e.g. physician, nurse practitioner, police, women’s shelter).
  • Receiving Treatment: letter from a physician or nurse practitioner, the treatment facility or another professional (e.g. addictions counselor, a Child and Family Services worker) outlining the necessary treatment.
  • Complying with CSS: confirmation from CSS, or a copy of the court document.
  • Appearing in Criminal Court: communication from the HS Authorized Official or authorized training provider indicating knowledge of situation, or copy of a court document.


Actual cost based on the least cost alternative:


  • Actual cost of public transit, or
  • $0.12 per kilometer for a private vehicle, or
  • Actual cost of taxi fare


  • actual cost of reasonable motel, hotel or shelter

Food, if member(s) of the household unit are required to travel outside the community where they reside for more than 24 hours.

  • Adult: Maximum $10 per day
  • Child: Maximum $5 per day

Child care

The benefits are only issued for the person(s) required to travel.

In all situations, benefits are issued for the most reasonable and economical means.


The learner must submit a Change in Circumstances form for Learners during the training period requesting the benefits.


Learner Benefit Coordinator, Learner Income Support Office (LISO)