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Driving Back to Work Grant Program

Applicants for the Driving Back to Work grant program must meet ALL the following eligibility criteria:

  • Meet all requirements to get a Class 1 driver’s license, excluding training and testing requirements the grant will support, namely:
    • Hold an Alberta non-probationary driver’s license. This means to be at least 18 years of age, have exited from the Graduated Driver Licensing Program, can apply for a commercial driver’s license, have passed a vision screening, and be a resident of Alberta.
    • Have a satisfactory Alberta driver’s medical examination report.
  • Be unemployed or under-employed (receiving Employment Insurance or working 29 hours or fewer per week on average) and able to financially support oneself for the duration of training.
  • Meet Canadian citizenship requirements (Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or convention refugee) and are legally entitled to work and train in Canada. Refugees under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act must have:
    • convention refugee status
    • a notice of decision issued
    • a valid work permit
    • applied for and received a study permit
  • Have a clean 3-year driver’s abstract with no demerits, license cancellations, or suspensions.
  • Be ready, willing, and able to participate in training (assessed in an interview).
  • Planning to seek full-time employment in the commercial transportation industry (assessed in an interview).
  • Have sufficient English language skills to succeed in driver training and testing as commercial licensing is only available in English (assessed in an interview).

If you meet
ALL of these requirements then the Driving Back to Work program may be for you!

Below you will find a brief rundown of the multistep application process. If you have any questions regarding the application process please call Ballad Group at 1 (855) 295-7180 ext. 1

The application process is comprised of several steps:

  1. Complete a Driving Back to Work Grant application 
  2. Submit the completed application to
  3. Ballad will contact you for an Assessment Interview if your application is deemed eligible
  4. Successful applicants will then receive a Preliminary Approval Letter
  5. Submit Driver Medical Examination to
  6. Applicants who are deemed medically fit to participate in the training will receive a Final Approval Letter

Need more information? CALL 1-855-295-7180 ext. 1 or email:

Applicants must submit an application form and supporting documentation, and participate in an interview to be considered for the grant. Applications submitted with missing information and/or documents will not be processed. Please carefully read through the eligibility criteria and the INSTRUCTIONS section at the top of the application form before applying to the grant program.

NOTICE: The Driving Back to Work grant program has reached its maximum participant capacity for this fiscal year. Transportation and Economic Corridors is so pleased to have supported so many Albertans in the process of obtaining their Class 1 licence. If you applied before November 15, 2023, your application will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible. Transportation and Economic Corridors grant administrator, Ballad, will continue to process the existing applications over the coming weeks, they will be in contact with each current applicant regarding their application status or next steps. Ballad will develop and maintain a waitlist for eligible applicants to be placed with a driver training school. If you have any changes to your circumstances that affect the information provided during your application, interview, medical report, or training locations, it is your responsibility to inform Ballad immediately. At the time of placement, Ballad will be back in touch with you to confirm eligibility. Should you be approved, training will take place in Spring 2024. If you have not yet applied for the Driving Back to Work grant program but would like to apply, the application intake will reopen April 1, 2024.

Grant funding for the Driving Back to Work program is provided by both the Provincial Government of Alberta as well as the Federal Government of Canada.

The Driving Back to Work program (DBTW) supports unemployed and underemployed Albertans in obtaining a Class 1 drivers license by providing funding to cover more than 90% of the costs associated with Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) and testing. This will assist the Province and residents of Alberta by making sure there are sufficient Class 1 drivers available to maintain Alberta supply chains and support the economy.

Driving Back to Work is a 8 week, full time program. This program will provide you with the skills and knowledge needed to obtain a Class 1 drivers license and enter into, and succeed, within the commercial truck driving industry!

For more information regarding the Driving Back to Work program please refer to the Driving Back to Work webpage found HERE

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