The government of Alberta has announced $10 million a year for the next three years for truck driver training grants. The money is broken down into $6 million to Driving Back to Work, a grant program to help unemployed Albertans, $3 million to support women and underemployed Albertans, and $1 million to develop online and virtual reality simulator training.
Driving Back to Work covers 90 per cent of Class 1 Mandatory Entry Level Training (MELT) for unemployed Albertans.
Estimates project a shortage of 3,600 commercial drivers by 2023.
As of September 2021, there were 41,000 truck drivers in Alberta.