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Adult Learning and Training Supports (ALTS)

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This program helps you while you undertake training or upgrading. It is intended to increase your chances of finding and maintaining employment. ALTS normally only funds training programs that are a year, or less, in duration and that will lead to employment. Generally, training funded under this program falls under two categories: training that directly leads to employment after it is completed and work readiness or upgrading training.


Examples of ALTS funded programs include:


  • Apprentice technical training.
  • Workplace training.
  • Pre-trades training.
  • Nunavut Arctic College Foundations program.


Remember that ALTS is complimentary to FANS in that programs eligible for ALTS funding are not eligible for FANS funding and vice versa.


Apply to ALTS by completing both the EAS and ALTS application forms or call a Career Development Officer at:


Qikiqtani - 1.800.567.1514

Kivalliq - 1.800.953.8516

Kitikmeot - 1.800.661.0845



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Program eligibility


Supports Available

How it Works

Things to Remember

Post-Secondary Designation

File Reviews




  • You must be a Canadian Citizen or have permanent resident status.
  • Be a resident of Nunavut if you are accessing Territorial funding.
  • Be in need of skills training to be competitevely employable.
  • Be 18 years of age or older.



Program eligibility


  • The academic or training program that you are planning on taking must not be post-secondary or eligible for the FANS program.
  • The institution you are planning on attending must be a recognized or accredited in the jurisdiction in which it operates.
  • The program must be full-time (not less than 30 hours per week).
  • The program must lead to employment in Nunavut
  • Funding is limited so plan and apply early. .
  • You can be denied if there are no funds left at the end of the fiscal year.



There are no deadlines to apply to ALTS as skills training occurs are all times throughout the year. However, applications and letters of acceptance from your institution must be submitted at least four weeks in advance of your program start date to ensure that funding is deposited on-time.


Supports Available

There are a number of supports available for ALTS clients:


  • Tuition - Up to a maximum of $3,700.00 per calendar year - receipts required.
  • Books and Materials - Up to a maximum of $5,000.00 - receipts required.
  • Special Equipment - Up to a maximum of $5,000.00 - receipts required.
  • Tutoring - Up to a maximum of $5,000.00 - receipts required.
  • Training Allowance.


Technical Training and Skills Development



Literacy and Workplace Training



Liing Away from Home Allowance

Up to $350.00 bi-weekly (mortgage/rental agreement required).



Airfare to and from Training Location.


Disability Support

Up to a maximum of $8,000.00 per calendar year - receipts required.



Up to a maximum of $450.00/month for unlicensed $700.00/licensed.


How it Works


  • Talk to a CDO or find your applications at
  • Complete your application and send it and your acceptance letter to your regional Career Development office
  • Complete an action plan with your CDO and wait for your CDO to review your eligibility.
  • If you are approved you will sign a sponsorship agreement outlining your responsibilities and the consequences for not living up to these. You will also need to provide banking information so that you will be able to have your sponsorship funding deposited.
  • You will need to call Top of the World or e-mail in order to arrange your travel to your training location.
  • Go to your program and succeed!
  • Pay the necessary fees to your institution or training provider
  • Submit receipts to your CDO and potentially complete an after intervention survey


Things to Remember


Remember, you have responsibilities as a student in receipt of government funding. These include maintaining good attendance and academic standing as well as ensuring that the money provided to you for post-secondary studies is paid by you to your institution.



There are some things you can do to help make sure that your application is processed quickly and to ensure that you have the financial resources in your hands when classes start.


  • Submit your application and supporting documents as early as possible.
  • If you e-mail or fax your application confirm that it has been recieved. Fax machines in particular are  prone to issues so make sure your forms get to your CDO.
  • Plan to have your own money to support yourself particularly if you decide to travel to your institution/training provider early to look for housing or childcare.



What happens if I drop out, fail or quit my training?


Your institution will notify your CDO if you:


  • Fail to pay;
  • Stop attending;
  • Leave;
  • Do not meet academic standards.


You may receive a warning but if you are unable to continue your program you will be require to pay back your sponsorship money to the Government of Nunavut.


* You should also know that you will be flagged in the Career Development database until your debt is cleared and will not be eligible for funding from this or other programs such as FANS or TOJ.


Post-Secondary Designation



File Reviews


The ALTS program does its best to ensure that all applications are reviewed fairly, impartially and in accordance with the labour market agreements and ALTS program guidelines. Despite these best efforts it is possible for administrative errors to occur. If you have reason to believe that ALTS policies were misapplied to your application or personal circumstances you are encouraged to request a review of your file. These procedures are in place to ensure a timely, consistent and fair review of your application and documentation. Attempts to bypass this procedure will only result in further delays.


30 Day Deadline


Once you have been notified you have thirty (30) days to request to have your file reviewed. You are encouraged to use the ALTS appeal form found here.  If you are notified by letter the thirty (30) days begins ten (10) days after the letter was mailed. If you are notified by e-mail, the thirty (30) days begin two (2) days after the e-mail was transmitted. If you are notified by telephone which includes leaving a message, the thirty (30) days begin the day the call was made.




The first step in the file review process is for the applicant to discuss the issue with their Career Development Officer. Many issues can be resolved by discussing the matter and ensuring that both parties understand what is at issue.


The second step in the process is to complete an ALTS File Review form and submit this to the Career Development Officer who will provide the form and any additional information to the Regional Supervisor/Manager. The Supervisor will review your file and will potentially contact you for additional information if the need arises. Once the Supervisor receives your appeal they will have five (5) business days to determine the outcome and notify the applicant of the status of their appeal.


The third step in the process is when the Supervisor will forward the file review and any relevant documentation to the Manager of Career Development who will again conduct a review. The Manager of Career Development will have five (5) business days to review, determine the outcome of the review and to notify the applicant.


The final step in the process is when the applicant is still dissatisfied with the outcome of the file review. At this point the client has the option of requesting a formal appeal to the Director of Career Development who will review the file, determine the outcome and notify the applicant. The Director will do this within five (5) business days to conduct this review. This decision is final.



More Information

Information on the Canada – Nunavut Labour Market Development Agreement

Information about federal apprenticeship supports.