Alberta Health Care Aide Bursaries

In partnership with

Government of AlbertaAlberta Health Services

 

Start a rewarding career as a health care aide in Alberta with this amazing bursary!

Health care aides are important and respected members on the frontlines of Alberta’s healthcare system. They also play a critical role in helping Albertans receive quality, person-centered care.

Alberta Health, in partnership with Alberta Health Services, has launched a health care aide tuition bursary program to assist individuals starting their health care aide careers. This initiative aims to expand the number of qualified health care aides for continuing care facilities across the province, particularly in rural Alberta, where the COVID-19 pandemic highlighted increased need.

Choose the Alberta Health bursary funding allocated to support both
students/graduates and employers

The funds support eligible graduates and students enrolled in into any licensed Alberta health care aide program on or after January 1, 2022. Additionally, employers can benefit from the bursary under the Workplace Tutor Program.

Note: The bursary opportunity is open to Canadian permanent residents and citizens, only.

Funds are administered by NorQuest College on behalf of Alberta Health. Students, graduates, and employers may apply for one of the available bursary programs based on their eligibility. Funding is open on a first-come, first-served basis for eligible applicants.

Note: Funds are available until they have been exhausted.

If you are interested in pursuing education as a health care aide in Alberta and meet the eligibility criteria, we encourage you to apply!

Which bursary should you apply for?

Were you enrolled in an Alberta licensed health care aide program for any amount of time between January 1, 2022 and June 30, 2022, or have you received a health care aide program certificate either during this time or afterwards?


Are you currently enrolled full-time in an Alberta licensed health care aide program that begins on or after July 1, 2022, or are you enrolled in an Alberta secondary school and some or all your tuition is not paid by your secondary school?


Are you currently hired as a health care aide by an identified continuing care operator that is contracted by an Alberta health care aide program to deliver a health care aide workplace program?

The Financial Incentive Program is funded by the Government of Alberta in partnership with Alberta Health Services and administered by NorQuest College. The financial incentive program supports individuals enrolled in Alberta licensed health care aide programs prior to the availability of the Health Care Aide Tuition Bursary Program. This bursary aims is to immediately increase the number of health care aides working for continuing care operators in Alberta.

One of the following financial incentive program incentives are available for eligible students:

  1. $2,000 – Eligible student works as a health care aide in a home care CC site in Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, or within 50 km of those cities’ limits.
  2. $3,000 – Eligible student works as a health care aide in a continuing care operator that is between 51 km to 100 km from Edmonton, Calgary, or Red Deer’s city limits; or Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, or within 50 km of those cities’ limits.
  3. $4,000 – Eligible Student works as a health care aide in a continuing care operator in Grande Prairie or any rural area not included in other definitions.
Eligibility
  • You were enrolled in or graduated from any Alberta licensed health care aide program between January 1, 2022 – June 30, 2022.
  • You are commencing employment as a health care aide at a continuing care operator within two months of graduating from any Alberta licensed health care aide program.
  • You have submitted a Health Care Aide Tuition Bursary Program application form along with the supporting documents.
  • You are willing and able to sign a return to service agreement with NorQuest College.
What to expect
  • You are required to work for a minimum of 1000 hours within one calendar year of commencing employment (part-time, full-time, or casual, in any capacity).
  • You may change employers as long as your new employer is also on the identified continuing care operator list.
  • You must report employment status and hours worked at the continuing care operator to NorQuest College.
  • If return to service agreement requirements are not met, you are required to repay your financial incentive program amount.
How to apply
  • Step 1) Click on Apply Now to access the Alberta HCA Bursaries application portal
  • ​Step 2) To start the application process, you will need to create an account. From the Alberta HCA Bursaries application portal home page, click Sign Up
  • Step 3) Enter your account information and personal information in the appropriate boxes (Note: You must have a valid address to complete the following steps to create an account)
  • Step 4) Click Create Account and you will be prompted to check your email to verify your account
  • Step 5) Go back to the Alberta HCA Bursaries application portal and log in with your User ID and Password; select Apply Now to start applying
  • Step 6) Check My Applications to see the status of progress of your application

Download the how to apply instructions document.

Submit your application to the Financial Incentive Program

The Health Care Aide Tuition Bursary Program is funded by the Government of Alberta in partnership with Alberta Health Services and administered by NorQuest College. The goal of the bursary is to increase the number of students enrolled in a licensed health care aide program and the number of health care aides working for Alberta Continuing Care Operators (community and facility) post-graduation.

After approval of your bursary program application by NorQuest College, the following funds for a regular or dual credit Health Care Aide Tuition Bursary are available during the term:

  1. $3,000 – Proof of successful completion of courses one to five of the Health Care Aide Bursary program.
  2. $6,000 – Upon successful completion of an Alberta licensed program, including the provincial final exam, and signing of an 'Return to Service Agreement' with NorQuest College.
Eligibility

Regular Health Care Aide Tuition Bursary

  • You are enrolled in an Alberta licensed health care aide program that begins on or after July 1, 2022.
  • Preference will be given if you are attending a health care aide program full-time or currently working for a continuing care operator (community or facility) in a non-clinical capacity.
  • You have submitted a Health Care Aide Tuition Bursary application form along with the supporting documents.
  • You are willing and able to sign a return to service agreement with NorQuest College.
  • Students can apply to any post-secondary institution with a health care aide program.

Additional eligibility requirements for Dual Credit

  • You are enrolled in an Alberta secondary school and your secondary school (or School Division) is not paying for some or all your tuition.
What to expect
  • You are required to complete an Alberta licensed health care aide program within 18 months of starting the program.
  • You are required to commence employment as a health care aide with an Alberta continuing care operator within two months of completing the program.
  • You are required to work a minimum of 2000 hours as a health care aide with a continuing care operator within two calendar years from employment start date.
  • You may change employers as long as your new employer is also on the identified continuing care operator list.
  • You must report employment status and hours worked at continuing care operator to NorQuest College.
  • If return to service agreement requirements are not met, you are required to repay your Health Care Aide Tuition Bursary amount.

Note: Repayment of the pro-rated bursary amount received will be expected to NorQuest College in a 30-day period​.​

How to get funds

You will receive the first payment of $3,000 upon submission of:

  • Proof of successful completion of courses one through five of the Health Care Aide Workplace Bursary Program.
  • Proof of employment as a health care aide with an identified continuing care operator.

You will receive the second payment of $6,000 upon:

  • Successful completion of an Alberta licensed program, including the provincial final exam and submission of:
How to apply
  • Step 1) Click on Apply Now to access the Alberta HCA Bursaries application portal
  • ​Step 2) To start the application process, you will need to create an account. From the Alberta HCA Bursaries application portal home page, click Sign Up
  • Step 3) Enter your account information and personal information in the appropriate boxes (Note: You must have a valid address to complete the following steps to create an account)
  • Step 4) Click Create Account and you will be prompted to check your email to verify your account
  • Step 5) Go back to the Alberta HCA Bursaries application portal and log in with your User ID and Password; select Apply Now to start applying
  • Step 6) Check My Applications to see the status of progress of your application

Download the how to apply instructions document.

Submit your application to the Health Care Aide Tuition Bursary Program

The Health Care Aide Tuition Bursary Program is funded by the Government of Alberta in partnership with Alberta Health Services and administered by NorQuest College. The goal of the bursary is to increase the number of students enrolled in a licensed health care aide program and the number of health care aides working in Alberta continuing care operators (community and facility), post-graduation, and health care aide certification. Students enrolled in a workplace program are also eligible.

The following incentives for the Health Care Aide Workplace Program Bursary will be available during the term:

$3,200 – on approval of Eligible Student's Health Care Aide Tuition Bursary application form by NorQuest College and applicant signing a return to service agreement.

Eligibility
  • You are enrolled in an Alberta licensed health care aide workplace program that begins on or after July 1, 2022.
  • Current licensed HCA workplace programs are available at:
  • You are hired as a health care aide by an identified continuing care operator (community or facility) that is contracted by an Alberta Health Care Aide Program to deliver a health care aide workplace program.
  • You have submitted a Health Care Aide Tuition Bursary Program application form along with the supporting documents.
  • You are willing and able to sign an return to service agreement with NorQuest College.
What to expect
  • You are required to complete the health care aide workplace program within one calendar year.
  • You are required to work minimum of 1000 hours as a health care aide at a continuing care operator (community or facility) within one calendar year from employment start date.
  • You may shift employment to a different continuing care operator if required.
  • You must report employment status and hours worked at continuing care operator to NorQuest College.
  • If 'return to service' requirements are not met, you are required to repay your health care aide Health Care Aide Tuition Bursary Program amount.

Note: Repayment of the pro-rated bursary amount received will be expected to NorQuest College in a 30-day period​.

How to apply
  • Step 1) Click on Apply Now to access the Alberta HCA Bursaries application portal
  • ​Step 2) To start the application process, you will need to create an account. From the Alberta HCA Bursaries application portal home page, click Sign Up
  • Step 3) Enter your account information and personal information in the appropriate boxes (Note: You must have a valid address to complete the following steps to create an account)
  • Step 4) Click Create Account and you will be prompted to check your email to verify your account
  • Step 5) Go back to the Alberta HCA Bursaries application portal and log in with your User ID and Password; select Apply Now to start applying
  • Step 6) Check My Applications to see the status of progress of your application

Download the how to apply instructions document.

Submit your application to the Health Care Aide Workplace Program Bursary

Workplace tutor program

A portion of the $12.8 million for health care aide education is allocated to support the Workplace Tutor Program. This program delivers the health care aide certificate program for an operator for health care aides hired without any formal health care aide education. The Workplace Tutor Program funds eligible operators to hire tutors for individuals in the health care aide workplace program.

Eligible Operators can hire more than one tutor, depending on the number of individuals enrolled in the Health Care Aide Workplace Program at their continuing care sites. Eligible operators receive a maximum of $9,400/tutor upon their Workplace Tutor Program application form being approved by NorQuest College. Tutor support requires a minimum of 192 hours of indirect or direct supervision of health care aide students enrolled in the health care aide workplace program. Preference is given to operators that completed the Alberta Health Services 2021 survey and indicated an interest in the workplace tutor program, however applications are open to all identified operators on the list.

Eligibility
  • Your site is on Alberta Health's identified list of operators.
  • Your site has a contract in place with a licensed health care aide program approved to deliver a health care aide workplace program.
  • Current licensed HCA workplace programs are available at:
  • Your site must has a minimum of three individuals enrolled in the health care aide workplace program.
  • You must submit a workplace tutor application form through the NorQuest College health care aide bursary website.
What to expect
  • Your site will receive $9,400 to support a nurse tutor for the duration of the health care aide program.
  • Funding is provided on a first come, first served basis based on your eligibility and submission of your application and required documents to complete your bursary application.
  • Your site needs to state the number of tutors required and the anticipated start and finish dates of your health care aide workplace programs.
  • An acknowledgement that individuals in the health care aide workplace program must have completed the program within 12 months of commencing.
  • Your site must report to NorQuest College the number of eligible students in your health care aide workplace program at each relevant continuing care site who:
    1. have quit the health care aide workplace program;
    2. have successfully completed the health care aide workplace program; and
    3. are employed by an eligible operator as a health care aide
  • Provide acknowledgment that all coursework in the health care aide workplace program must be completed within 12 months.
How to apply
  • Step 1) Click on Apply Now to access the Alberta HCA Bursaries application portal
  • ​Step 2) To start the application process, you will need to create an account. From the Alberta HCA Bursaries application portal home page, click Sign Up
  • Step 3) Enter your account information and personal information in the appropriate boxes (Note: You must have a valid address to complete the following steps to create an account)
  • Step 4) Click Create Account and you will be prompted to check your email to verify your account
  • Step 5) Go back to the Alberta HCA Bursaries application portal and log in with your User ID and Password; select Apply Now to start applying
  • Step 6) Check My Applications to see the status of progress of your application

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Frequently asked questions

Questions? We have answers.

Alberta Health Care Aide Bursaries

ABhcabursaries@norquest.ca 780.644.6500

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