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Provincial incentive program to help businesses create jobs, support families

A new job creation initiative will support workers, employers and families during the current economic downturn.

The Job Creation Incentive Program will support employers in creating as many as 27,000 new jobs a year over the next two years.

“Albertans have asked our government to support good local jobs as we grow and diversify our economy. We are following through on our promise to work with businesses so that they can create new jobs and support families during these tough economic times.”

Lori Sigurdson, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour

The program will encourage hiring by providing grants to employers for creating new positions. Grants will be worth up to $5,000 for each new job and employers will be eligible for up to $500,000 in total support – the equivalent of 100 new full-time jobs. Grants will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis.

"Supreme Group has been an active part of Alberta’s steel manufacturing sector for more than 40 years. We believe that local manufacturing is a vital part of a strong and diversified economy.  We look forward to working with all levels of government on initiatives that support the creation of sustainable Alberta-based jobs.”

Kevin Guile, Vice President of Supreme Group

“In challenging times like these, we need to show leadership and partner with business to grow the economy. This program is designed to support employers of all sizes in order to help diversify our economy and create new jobs that support families right across the province.”

Deron Bilous, Minister of Economic Development and Trade

The Job Creation Incentive Program is part of government’s larger plan focused on job creation, economic growth and diversification to build a 21st-century economy for Alberta. It will launch in spring 2016.

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