As part of Alberta at Work, organizations could receive up to $1.5 million through Workforce Strategies grants for projects that help Alberta workers develop the necessary skills to meet workforce needs and that build the capacity of industry, employers and regions to attract, develop and retain workers.
“We continue to experience incredible progress across Alberta’s economy with nation-leading job creation and declining unemployment rates. Like other Alberta at Work initiatives, these grants will continue this momentum by helping Albertans gain job-ready skills that employers need to grow.”
To support Alberta’s continued economic recovery and diversification, funding will prioritize projects that target emerging sectors, such as technology and fintech, agriculture and agri-tech, forestry, tourism, energy, logistics and culture.
Projects that aim to employ under-represented groups, such as people with a disability, youth and racialized individuals, will also be prioritized for funding to help everyone participate in Alberta’s recovery.
“As Alberta’s economy continues to lead Canada in growth and recovery, the priority is to ensure all Albertans can participate and are included in the job market. Alberta’s government has always been the social safety net and those benefits will always be there for the most vulnerable. But as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, we also want to empower persons with disabilities and help them reach their full potential during this economic boom. This is why programs like Alberta at Work are important to help Albertans with disabilities find and keep good jobs and enjoy everything their communities have to offer.”
Organizations have until July 22 to submit an expression of interest for their project. Successful applicants will be contacted to submit a full project proposal.
- A total of $8 million in funding is available through the Workforce Strategies grants. Successful projects can be up to 36 months long and funding will range from $50,000 to $1.5 million.
- To be eligible for a Workforce Strategies grant, organizations must have a minimum of two years’ experience related to one of the following streams they apply under:
- Skills Development Stream supports the re-skilling of unemployed Albertans by providing training and/or services resulting in new skills development and employment.?
- Regional and Employer-focused Stream supports regional and employer-led projects that address regional workforce challenges.
- Industry-focused Stream supports industry-led projects that address provincial workforce needs.
- Through Budget 2022, Alberta’s government is investing more than $600 million over three years in Alberta at Work – a collection of strategic investments to help Albertans develop new skills and grow their careers.