Alberta WIL Vouchers


The Government of Alberta introduced the Work Integrated Learning Industry Voucher Pilot Program, to help students get the job-ready skills they need while providing Alberta-based employers with access to local talent. It will provide employers with a grant of up to $5,000 per student placement, which is matched by the employer. Additionally, there is grant stacking with any of the Federal Wage Subsidy Programs.

Construction and ALL related sectors, life, health, and food sciences, members of the Alberta Hospitality Association (AHA) and Alberta Archeological Association (ASA) operating in Alberta.

Alberta Food Processors Association

Food Futures

This funding will support up to 90 student placements per year for the next 3 years, with wage subsidies of 50% (maximum subsidy $5,000) to hire current post-secondary students and recent grads (within 6 months) for temporary work experience placements (minimum 200 hours), which can take place at any time during the year. Placements can be in any area relevant to the food industry, including nutrition and food science, agriculture, technologists, accounting and finance, human resources, IT, logistics, safety, engineering, business, etc.

Employer Eligibility:

  • Be an Alberta-based company.
  • Be in the food and beverage, or related, industry.
  • Have no unsatisfied employment standards judgments against them.

Placement Eligibility:

  • Must be at least 200 hours in duration.
  • Must have their primary place of work in Alberta.
  • Must pay at least minimum wage.
  • The position must provide meaningful work experience related to the student’s program of study.
  • Placements must be approved before the student begins work.

Student Eligibility:

  • Be a current student or recent graduate (within 12 months) of an Alberta, publicly funded post-secondary institution.
  • Be legally able to work in Canada.

Reimbursement: After the placement is complete (whether successful or not), employers submit a short form and include proof of wages paid. Employers will receive 50% of the wages paid up to a maximum of $5,000 per student.

For applications and additional information: Please complete the Start Your Application Online form.

Contact Information: Ryan Hemphill – Grant Manager – – 587-480-7482

Alberta Hospitality Association


Alberta Hospitality Association has been granted funds for an industry-specific campaign that will allow Alberta restauranteurs who are AHA members to receive government funding to help alleviate labour costs, to introduce post-secondary students who are actively seeking roles within the hospitality sector – this includes service and kitchen-related positions, management, marketing, administrative, and tech support.

Reimbursement: Grant money will be distributed quarterly based on the operator submitting the required worker documentation from the previous quarter.  Documentation will be provided by AHA.

For applications and additional information: Please complete the Alberta Hospitality Association contact form.

Contact Information:

Archeological Society of Alberta

Archeological Society of Alberta as one of AB WIL Vouchers delivery partners provides wage subsidies to employers related to archeology, museums, and heritage with an aim to provide meaningful work experience to full-time students and recent graduates from Alberta postsecondary institutions. Employers are encouraged to become members of the society, but membership is not required to apply for the Work Integrated Learning wage subsidy.

 Reimbursement: After the placement is complete, employers submit a spreadsheet with proof of wages paid. Employers will receive 50% of the wages paid up to a maximum of $5,000 per student.

For applications and additional information: Please contact the Archeological Society of Alberta Executive Secretary at

Technology Alberta

FIRST Jobs Program

FIRST (First Industry Research Science Technology) Jobs programs by Technology Alberta is a fully-funded 200-hour program that offers meaningful work experience for a current student or recent graduate of an Alberta post-secondary institution while supporting the growth of Alberta’s SME Tech Sector. Technology Alberta offers multiple pathways (200, 250, 500 hours), of FIRST Jobs, to best support the SMEs who can pay their hire $20/hour for the program duration, and then apply for reimbursement.

For application deadlines and additional information: Please attend a virtual information session at FIRST Jobs

Contact Information: Or/and complete the FIRST Jobs Program for the pathway best suited to your company.