Overview

Call for proposals

Labour Market Partnerships (LMP) grants support Alberta’s industry sector and employer associations with common labour market challenges. These provincial grants help people prepare to participate in the dynamic labour market.

Alberta Labour and Immigration will have one request for Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Industry Workforce Partnerships LMP program.

The Labour Market Partnerships program

The LMP program helps industries build their workforce. It is designed to support projects with industries that have the same workforce-related needs.

Examples of LMP program activities

  • Research and analysis of labour market trends.
  • Developing strategic plans to prepare for future skill requirements and/or prevent skills shortages.
  • Promoting current labour market needs or heightening awareness of labour market issues such as the attraction and retention of under-represented groups.
  • Sharing best practices in human resource development.

2020-2021 LMP Priorities

Support Job Creation and Sector COVID-19 Workforce Economic Recovery

  • Develop HR tools to support labour force development in the COVID pandemic and economic recovery and to improve labour productivity.
  • Encourage workforce development in all sectors of the economy, with primary focus on the sectors identified in the Blueprint for Jobs (PDF, 1.9 MB), to address immediate and emerging employment supply and demand.
  • Address the impacts of workforce and sectoral adjustment by increasing industry capacity and labour market flexibility to build a resilient workforce.

More information on the LMP program, including eligibility criteria for proposals and examples of activities that may be considered, can be found in the Application Guidelines (PDF, 401 KB).

Important dates

August 4, 2020:     EOI Application period opens.

August 12, 2020:   Applicants can submit questions to iwp@gov.ab.ca.

August 19, 2020:   EOI Answers will be provided to the questions submitted and posted on the website.

August 31, 2020:   EOI Application period closes at 11:59 pm MST.

September 28, 2020:  Applicants will receive an email providing their application results. Shortlisted EOI applicants will be notified and invited to submit a proposal application package by October 23, 2020 by 11:59 pm MST.

How to apply

The EOI is the first stage that Industry Workforce Partnerships (IWP) uses to evaluate the alignment between a proposed project and the goals and outcomes of Labour Market Program funding.

Program funding is limited and not every eligible EOI will receive funding. Only one EOI per organization will be considered. Projects will be evaluated on how closely they meet grant criteria and align with Ministry LMP Priorities.

Step 1. Review the application guidelines

Before applying read the Application Guidelines (PDF, 401 KB).

Step 2. Download the complete application package

Step 3: Complete the application

Only a complete application will be considered.

Step 4. Submit the application

  • Email EOI in PDF format to iwp@gov.ab.ca.
  • Save PDF as [Your Organization Name] EOI FORM.
  • Title the subject line as [Your Organization Name]: 2020-21 Industry LMP EOI Submission.
  • An Expression of Interest (EOI) form MUST be received electronically by 11:59 pm MST on August 31, 2020.

Answers to EOI questions

Below are questions, with their answers, received as part of the submission process.

Do projects need to address all three sub-bullets of the LMP Priorities?

No. All projects must support job creation and COVID-19 workforce economic recovery for their identified sector. Project must address workforce impacts of COVID-19.

Examples include:

  • developing HR tools to support labour force development in the COVID pandemic and economic recovery and to improve labour productivity
  • encouraging workforce development in all sectors of the economy, with primary focus on the sectors identified in the Blueprint for Jobs, to address immediate and emerging employment supply and demand
  • addressing the impacts of workforce and sectoral adjustment by increasing industry capacity and labour market flexibility to build a resilient workforce

Regarding 2.1 Eligible Entities, the third bullet point indicates ‘an organization that is provincially or federally incorporated’. Does this include for-profit incorporated organizations such as a consulting firm?

All potential partner entities must be federally or provincially incorporated, however LMP grants are not intended to fund for-profit activities. For-profit organizations (such as employers) who apply for the grant should be attempting to improve the workforce in the industry in which they operate.

When will applicants be informed if they were successful or not?

The process is expected to take approximately 3 to 6 months.

Contact

Submit questions to:
Email: iwp@gov.ab.ca