Continuing Education Funding Assistance

Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan

Do you want to continue or advance your career in Canada?

Windmill Microlending is Canada’s largest and most successful microlending charity for skilled immigrants and refugees. Windmill addresses underemployment of skilled newcomers by offering affordable loans of up to $15,000 to pay for the credentials, licensing, retraining or professional development needed to achieve career success in Canada. By supporting newcomers across the country, Windmill is helping convert potential into prosperity, for our clients and for Canada. Windmill Microlending is a registered charity supported by donors, government, sponsors and granting agencies.

* Typical Windmill loan interest rate (in Alberta): prime + 1.5%

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Windmill loan, you must be an immigrant and an internationally-trained individual living in Canada on a permanent status.

Whether you intend to work in the same field you trained in outside of Canada, or you wish to apply your transferable skills to a new career, you must demonstrate that you have a Career Success Plan that requires funding. You can check your eligibility by doing our short, 4-question eligibility quiz.


Other Sources

Funding source
Eligibility
Amount
Apply by
Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

$250+
income tax return
Coal and Electricity Transition Tuition Voucher 

If you work at one of the identified coal/electricity worksites and have been employed for a year or more

$12,000 max.
N/A
Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan 

Whether you intend to work in the same field you trained in outside of Canada, or you wish to apply your transferable skills to a new career, this low-interest loan helps you cover the cost of education and related living expenses.

Up to $15,000 loan
N/A
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any alumnus of the University of Alberta

75% of course fee
monthly deadline
HRDF 

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep
William F. Lede and Ernest Newman Memorial Bursaries 

Students who are enrolled or preparing to enrol in the Applied Land Use Planning Certificate, Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) Level I or Level II programs

$1,000 and $800 annually
August
ADOA Achievement Award 

Students who completed the Applied Land Use Planning Certificate program

One-year ADOA membership
N/A
Calytera Systems Award 

Students who have completed the U of A Extension Information Access and Protection of Privacy Certificate program.

$500 annually
instructor nominated
SLGM Achievement Award 

Graduating students of the Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) Level II program

Up to $500 annually
N/A
Ella May Walker Memorial Award 

Students in the Visual Arts (Certificate or Citation), Residential Interiors Certificate programs

$500 annually
June
Lieutenant-Governor Lois E. Hole and Harriet Winspear Endowment Scholarship 

Students in the Visual Arts (Certificate or Citation) program

$300-500 annually
June
Lillian Nunn Scholarship 

ACACA members in the Visual Arts (Certificate or Citation) program

$300-600 annually
July
Constance McFarland Memorial Art Award 

Students in the U of A Extension Visual Arts (Certificate or Citation) program

$300-600 annually
instructor nominated
Harry Wohlfarth Memorial Award 

Students in the Visual Arts (Certificate or Citation) program

$300-600 annually
instructor nominated
Edmonton Construction Association (ECA) Award 

Students in the Construction Management & Administration Certificate program

$1,000 annually
N/A
CCOHS Dick Martin Scholarship Award 

Students enrolled either full time or part time in an Occupational Health and Safety-­related course or program

$3,000 annually
January
Methanex Corporation Award in Occupational Health and Safety 

Students enrolled in the University of Alberta's Occupational Health and Safety Diploma program who have completed a minimum of eight (8) core courses by March 31st can apply.

$750 annually
April 15
OHS Healthy Workplaces Award 

Current students and graduates of the U of A Extension Occupational Health and Safety Certificate and/or Professional Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

$1,000 annually
May
Carol Ross Scholarship 

Current students of the U of A Extension Occupational Health and Safety Certificate and/or Professional Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

$3,000 annually
July
Health And Safety Conference Society Of Alberta (HSCSA) 

Graduates of the U of A Extension Occupational Health and Safety Certificate program

Up to $500 annually
N/A
Gary Wagar Scholarship 

Students who have completed the NCSO designation to use toward their Occupational Health and Safety Certificate program

$500 annually
February
CSSE OHSE Student Writing Awards Program 

Current students and graduates of the U of A Extension Occupational Health and Safety Certificate and/or Professional Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

$200-500 annually
April
Chad Bradley Scholarship for Women in OHS 

Current students (women) of the U of A Extension Occupational Health and Safety Certificate and/or Professional Diploma in Occupational Health and Safety

$3,000
August
CSSE OHSE Bursary Program 

Students enrolled either full time or part time in an Occupational Health and Safety-related course or program

$500
December
50th Anniversary Scholarship 

Students who are enrolled in the Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) Level I program

$800 annually
August
Chairman’s Scholarship 

Students who are enrolled in the Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA) Level I program

$800 annually
August