COVID-19 Updates: Taking steps to return to normal.
Since launching in May, the Alberta Jobs Now program has approved approximately 2,700 applications from employers. This will help nearly 14,000 Albertans get back to work in the coming months. This is a clear signal that Alberta’s economy is ready to reopen, recover and grow.
The program is seeing the highest demand for hiring in sectors such as science and technology, construction, and the service industry.
Due to the significant demand to the program, and recognizing that the pace of recovery differs across industries, Alberta’s government is closing the first intake period. This will ensure businesses that have not yet started their recovery can take advantage of this program.
“As our economy continues to reopen, we must ensure that all Alberta employers have the opportunity to hire and train the workers they need for their businesses to succeed now and in the future. The incredible uptake shows how this investment is helping Albertans get back to work sooner in jobs that will support businesses and strengthen Alberta’s long-term economic recovery.”
“It is encouraging to see such significant uptake of the Jobs Now program during the first intake period. Preliminary research through Alberta Perspectives shows the program is indeed having the intended effect of encouraging workforce hiring. Alberta Jobs Now is helping drive economic recovery and getting Albertans back to work.”
The first application intake period will now close on July 23. The second intake will open on Sept. 16 and close on Dec. 31.
The Government of Alberta will continue to work with Alberta businesses and non-profits to ensure it continues supporting Alberta’s economic recovery.
For more information on the Alberta Jobs Now program, please visit alberta.ca/jobsnow.
- The Alberta Jobs Now program is investing up to $370 million over two years to help private sector businesses and non-profit organizations hire and train unemployed Albertans.
- $185 million in funding is available through federal transfers from the Government of Canada through the Workforce Development Agreement and $185 million is available through provincial funds.
- Employers can apply for a grant that covers 25 per cent of an employee’s salary for a 52-week period up to a maximum of $25,000 per employee. Employers who hire persons with disabilities will receive a grant 1.5 times higher than the amount they receive for other new employees.
- The grant can be used to cover salary or training costs.
- Employers now have until 4:15 p.m. MST on July 23 to apply to the program during the first intake period.
- The second application intake period will open on Sept. 16.