Important dates

September 1, 2021 – Applicants’ information call. For details see:

October 1, 2021 – Deadline to submit applications

Overview

Call for proposals

Apply to have your project funded under one of the following 3 streams:

Stream 1: Building Community Capacity

This stream will fund initiatives to help communities develop their capacity and readiness to attract, welcome and retain newcomers.

Stream 2: Supporting Labour Market Integration

This stream will fund training projects that provide skill development with a language component for underemployed or unemployed newcomers to attach to the labour market.

Stream 3: System Improvement

This stream will fund projects and initiatives that innovatively address gaps and improve efficiencies in the immigration system to support economic recovery needs.

Multiple applications

Organizations can submit up to 2 applications.

Eligibility

To apply for a grant, applicant organizations and projects must meet these guidelines.

Eligible applicants for Stream 1: Building Community Capacity

Eligible applicants are:

  • community organizations
  • municipalities, including municipal districts
  • non-profit organizations, or
  • registered companies, for example, consultants or business owner

Applicants must:

  • be a legal entity in Alberta
  • have the ability, including financial management, to implement a grant agreement
  • demonstrate at least 2 years of relevant experience in related activities to those being proposed in the application

For projects with partnerships, an applicant must be:

  • an eligible applicant as listed above
  • the fiscal agent
  • the lead role in planning the project scope, timeline and outputs;
  • the lead in the project coordination
  • accountable for all project deliverables and reporting requirements

Partner organizations must provide a letter that outlines their role in the project, and should actively contribute to the project goals, scope, outputs, and outcomes.

Eligible projects

To be eligible, projects must:

  • be time-limited, up to a maximum of 24 months
  • fit within the funding stream listed above
  • address at least one of the outcomes identified for the funding stream
  • cost no more than the funding cap set for the stream

Eligible applicants for Stream 2: Supporting Labour Market Attachment

Eligible applicants are:

  • non-profit organizations
  • post-secondary institutions, or
  • registered companies, for example, consultants or business owner

Applicants must:

  • be a legal entity in Alberta
  • have the ability, including financial management, to implement a grant agreement
  • demonstrate at least 2 years of relevant experience in related activities, for example, development of language/employment curriculum and training to those being proposed in the application

For projects with partnerships, an applicant must be:

  • an eligible applicant as listed above
  • the fiscal agent
  • the lead role in planning the project scope, timeline and outputs;
  • the lead in the project coordination
  • accountable for all project deliverables and reporting requirements

Partner organizations must provide a letter that outlines their role in the project, and should actively contribute to the project goals, scope, outputs, and outcomes.

Eligible projects

To be eligible, projects must:

  • be time-limited, up to a maximum of 24 months
  • fit within the funding stream listed above
  • address at least one of the outcomes identified for the funding stream
  • cost no more than the funding cap set for the stream

Eligible applicants for Stream 3: System Improvements

Eligible applicants are:

  • community organizations
  • municipalities, including municipal districts
  • non-profit organizations
  • post-secondary institutions, or
  • registered companies, for example, consultants or business owner

Applicants must:

  • be a legal entity in Alberta
  • have the ability, including financial management, to implement a grant agreement
  • demonstrate at least 2 years of relevant experience in related activities to those being proposed in the application

For projects with partnerships, an applicant must be:

  • an eligible applicant as listed above
  • the fiscal agent
  • the lead role in planning the project scope, timeline and outputs
  • the lead in the project coordination
  • accountable for all project deliverables and reporting requirements

Partner organizations must provide a letter that outlines their role in the project, and should actively contribute to the project goals, scope, outputs, and outcomes.

Eligible projects

To be eligible, projects must:

  • be time-limited, up to a maximum of 24 months
  • fit within the funding stream listed above
  • address at least one of the outcomes identified for the funding stream
  • cost no more than the funding cap set for the stream

How to apply

Step 1. Read the terms and conditions

Read the sample Grant Agreement Template (PDF, 431 KB). It covers the terms and conditions of this grant program, as well as the reporting requirements you will be responsible for if your project is funded.

Step 2. Review the Application Guidelines

Before applying, review the Application Guidelines (PDF, 696 KB). It contains detailed information that you need to know before you decide to apply.

Step 3. Download the complete application package

Step 4: Complete the application

We will only consider complete applications. A complete application consists of all 5 documents listed in Step 3 along with supporting documentation.

Read the Application Guidelines (PDF, 696 KB) carefully for the details to ensure you have included all necessary information.

Step 5. Submit the application

  • Submit your completed application documents in one email to [email protected].
  • Title the subject line of your email as:
    [Organization Name]: 2021-22 SILP CFP Submission
  • If there are server restrictions that prevent you from sending large email attachments, send an email to [email protected] indicating you will need to send multiple emails to fulfil all the submission requirements, and proceed to do so.

After you apply

After you apply, the following steps occur:

1. Initial screening

We screen applications to make sure they are complete and meet the eligibility criteria.

2. Committee review

A committee reviews and scores applications that pass the initial screening. Scoring is based on the overall application package and how it addresses the following criteria:

  • need for the project
  • project components and design
  • ability of organization(s) to deliver project
  • risk identification and management
  • implementation plan
  • outcome measurement plan
  • budget

3. Internal review

We will consider all applications recommended by the application review committees, and award grants based on:

  • application scores
  • provincial needs
  • priorities
  • available funding

We will notify all applicants to share the results of their applications.

Projects funded

  • 2021-22 projects funded

    Welcoming Okotoks

    Awarded to: Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

    The Welcoming Okotoks initiative will support service providers, community members and employers in welcoming, settling and retaining newcomers settling in the Okotoks region. The development of the Welcoming Okotoks Advisory Committee will facilitate a collaborative, coordinated and holistic approach to supporting newcomer settlement and retention. Project activities include specialized diversity and inclusion training to employers, service providers and volunteers; and the development of a promotional website and campaign. The project will ensure that stakeholders in the region build their long-term capacity to welcome and serve newcomers and that the entire community is invested and engaged in the settlement and integration process.

    Rural Employers’ Awareness on Diversity and Inclusion (READI)

    Awarded to: Rural Development Network Society

    This project will build the capacity of rural employers to support newcomers' workplace integration, help reduce barriers that immigrants and refugees face in the workplace and contribute to successful attraction and retention in rural Alberta by supporting social and economic integration. The project will support 125 management and HR staff of 25 rural employers in Southern and Central Alberta to create pathways for collaboration and learning, address knowledge gaps in the newcomer experience and work with management and HR to create opportunities for meaningful change in the workplace. Employer training will incorporate the newcomer perspective and include topics such as: intercultural competency; anti-discrimination; understanding the Canadian immigration system/the journey of a foreign worker; and, workplace orientation and integration best practices for newcomer workers.

    Advanced Childhood Educator Training (ACET)

    Awarded to: The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)

    Advanced Childhood Educator Training (ACET) is a part-time program offered in collaboration with Bow Valley College for permanent residents, conventional refugees, and naturalized Canadian citizens. Participants will receive a Level 2 Early Childhood Educator Certification upon completion. ACET offers occupation-specific training in childhood education with a focus on essential skills, soft skills, and Canadian workplace culture. The program will be offered online through two cohorts to prepare 40 participants for Childhood Educator careers. To fulfill program completion requirements, participants will also complete 27 weeks (about 312 hours) of practicum in a childcare facility.

    Pathways to Employment - Employability Skills Enhancement for Newcomers in the Agri-Food Industry

    Awarded to: Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS)

    CCIS’ Pathways to Employment (PE) - Employability Skills Enhancement for Newcomers in the Agri-Food Industry project will support the labour market integration of newcomers with CLB levels 3-5 who are facing multiple barriers to employment. The project will deliver five full-time workshops for a total of 60 participants. Each workshop will last eight weeks and will include topics on language and employability skills for employment in Agri-Food and Food Processing, workplace intelligence, safety training, and intercultural competencies. Through the PE project, high-needs newcomers will gain the skills, tools, and connections they need to secure and retain employment in a thriving industry and make valuable contributions to Alberta’s economic recovery.

    First Steps to Integration: Language, Culture, and Employment Supports for Newcomers and their Workplaces

    Awarded to: Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative Ltd. (MCHB)

    This Edmonton-based program is a 16-week program to increase the ability of newcomers with low language skills (CLB 4 and lower) and complex barriers to employment to connect with workplaces through knowledge and skill building and by increasing the intercultural understanding of workplaces through relationship building. The focus is on English language development specific to the hospitality and the food industries and includes modules in industry specific language; Workforce Essential Skills; intercultural engagement and workplace culture; job search and preparation skills; digital literacy; and self-awareness. Additional features include a Culture/Career Coach and a workplace practicum. Job skills training, specific to the workplace, is co-facilitated by the English as Another Language instructor and a workplace trainer creating a unique platform for intercultural exchange and learning. The program intentionally aims to ‘broker’ the relationship between newcomers who are eager to work and those who wish to hire them by strengthening capacity in both.

    Workplace Communication and Culture

    Awarded to: Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning Society

    The Workplace Communication and Culture project aims to provide and/or improve English communication and workplace culture competency skills for newcomer participants. The goal of this project to help newcomers with low-level English language skills to develop required skills to help them find jobs. Focus is specifically to provide skills related to Customer Service within the restaurant, food, and beverage sector. This program will support newcomers to improve their employment related communication skills (intercultural competency, workplace culture, job specific language, essential skills).

    Patient Navigator Program for International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

    Awarded to: Alberta International Medical Graduates Association

    This project is a skills-based program that specifically focuses on developing skills, gaining hands-on experience and research for the purposes of integration into the Alberta labour market. The overall objective is to assist 54 International Medical Graduates (IMGs) who have been unsuccessful in becoming licensed physicians to transition from a position of underemployment to a position where their skills and knowledge are being utilized. As well, the project will contribute to the ongoing research around viable alternative career pathways for IMGs and their career advancement. This project includes a 16-week blended course and a work/mentorship placement to advance employment in the areas of patient education, navigation, and community research.

    Accelerating Growth in Labour Initiatives with Technology (AGILITY)

    Awarded to: Centre d'accueil pour nouveaux arrivants francophones (CANAF)

    AGILITY is a multi-disciplinary employment connection program, which focuses on developing skills to connect clients with workplaces faster. Training topics include language skills, workplace skills, and basic software skills. Training participants have the option to participate in both official languages of Canada and preference will be given to Francophone clients.

    Integrating Skills for Success into ESL Practice and Methodology

    Awarded to: Alberta Workforce Essential Skills (AWES)

    The Integrating Skills for Success into ESL Practice and Methodology project will implement a model of professional development to provide a strategic approach to ensuring language instruction and resources are contextualized to the specific needs of newcomers seeking employment and advancement in the Alberta labour market. The model design includes training pilot participants, guiding them through materials development and facilitation, a facilitated community of practice, and a commitment for the pilot participants to share their learnings. It aims to equip the ESL community to address the essential skills needs of their learners related to concrete tasks and employment goals and the associated diversity and inclusion, workplace respect, and human rights concepts required to operate and perform in the Alberta labour market.

    Phase 1 Research: Unifying ESL Curriculum in Alberta

    Awarded to: Alberta Workforce Essential Skills (AWES)

    The Phase 1 Research: Unifying ESL Curriculum in Alberta Project proposes to conduct research to better understand the attitudes of language instructors and program administrators across Alberta toward the idea of a unified ESL and Skills for Success curriculum. It will build on the foundation of the existing ATESL Adult ESL Curriculum Framework and ATESL Best Practices for Adult ESL and LINC Programming in Alberta. The results will help determine whether a more unified ESL curriculum is feasible in Alberta.

    Workforce Development for Immigrant Women

    Awarded to: Calgary Immigrant Women's Association (CIWA)

    This project aims to develop an employer-informed assessment tool to evaluate the competencies of low to mid skilled immigrant and refugee women for sales and service occupations. The tool will be developed with employer input and guidance to address skills gaps and labour shortages in the workplace. The intended outcomes of this project is to provide service providers and employers a tool that will increase efficiencies in connecting low to mid skilled immigrant women to labour market opportunities within the service industry.

    Bridge for Digital Youth

    Awarded to: The Immigrant Education Society (TIES)      

    Bridge for Digital Youth is an innovative research project conducted via the delivery of employment training for immigrant youth. This project studies the feasibility of significant system improvement to online workforce training via mobile (smartphone) delivery, eliminating the need for computer ownership, which is a significant barrier to online learning for low-income learners. Bridge for Digital Youth is delivered in partnership with industry-leading digital firm Evans Hunt, and will engage three cohorts of 20 permanent residents, refugees, and naturalized Canadian citizens between the ages of 18 and 30 (60 total) in a curriculum aimed at developing skills in digital marketing and foundational skills for business. The project's innovative smartphone-based delivery will provide a template for future online employment training that can be extrapolated across the province to serve isolated, low-income, or otherwise barriered demographics.

    Fostering Community and Developing Networks: Intercultural Service Learning

    Awarded to: Bow Valley College

    This project explores how service learning can be structured and implemented to connect newcomers with community organizations while gaining experience in Alberta workplaces. With two pilots, this project will see 30 skilled newcomers (CLB 5+) complete a semester of service learning coupled with language support, intercultural communication training, and career coaching. Likewise, 15 community and settlement organizations will benefit from the experience, skills, and knowledge of newcomers. Using a participatory action research approach, a group of service-learners and community organization workers will engage in co-creation to assist in creating a model for service learning with newcomers. Pilot and co-creation data will be used to assess the project through developmental evaluation. The ultimate goal is to create a service-learning model for language and settlement programs across Alberta.

    Support Networks for Rural Newcomers to Alberta

    Awarded to: Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies

    This project aims to improve efficiency in the settlement, language and integration system in rural areas that lack formal settlement programming in Alberta. This will be done through the creation of a coordinated and mutually supportive network of municipalities and established AAISA capacity supporting techniques. The project is designed to improve the capacity of Alberta's rural municipalities to support newcomers by conducting a thorough needs and asset assessment of these municipalities. Following this examination, AAISA will begin the process of leveraging practices, policies, and programs that are assets to one community to address the needs of another. AAISA will provide tools, resources, training sessions, and virtual service delivery platforms to the municipalities.

    The Knowledge Hub

    Awarded to: Immigrant Services Calgary Society (ISC)

    The Knowledge Hub is a novel concept that seeks to achieve integration of academic institutions into Service Provider Organizations. Through collaboration and data collection, the Knowledge Hub will have the ability to anonymize, aggregate and translate data into knowledge through dashboards, professional papers, and reports to the community. The Knowledge Hub will promote knowledge sharing and feedback loops to influence policy and service provision. The power of aggregated and anonymized newcomer data and trends offers immense potential for significant service improvements to improve the settlement and integration process for newcomers.

     

  • 2020-21 projects funded

    Opening New Pathways to Digital Skills: A Bridge for Newcomers

    Awarded to: Bow Valley College

    This project responds to industry needs for technically skilled newcomers to gain necessary Canadian workplace experience and skills. It will be offered in a blended learning model of in-person and online training involving course work, a work placement, career preparation and counselling. This project will benefit two cohorts of up to 20 newcomers each. The training focuses on professional and adaptive skills that build on existing digital skills to foster rapport-building, communication, and the professional skills required for service desk technicians. This project will aid newcomers in leveraging their technical skills to respond to local need and workplace expectations.

    Safe Choices, Safe Workplaces: Communication Training for Alberta’s Health Care Aide Workers

    Awarded to: Bow Valley College

    Building on the provincial government's Health Care Aide curriculum, this module provides in-program health care aide students with additional training in response to current job demands. The goals are to ensure the safety of all stakeholders and increase the employability of graduates and the subsequent employee retention of health care aides. The project provides training to two cohorts of 27 newcomers each.

    Pathways to Employment - Employability Skills Training for Newcomers

    Awarded to: Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

    This project is designed to support the labour market integration of newcomers, with CLB levels 3-5, who are facing multiple barriers to employment in one of the program’s three targeted industries: food processing, supply chain or healthcare. The project will deliver six full-time cohorts for a total of 72 participants. Workshop topics will include life skills, employment skills, job search skills, workplace intelligence, workplace safety training and intercultural competencies. Through this project, high-needs newcomers will gain the skills, tools and connections they need to not only secure but retain employment in positions and industries where they can build their skills and grow long-term careers.

    Customer Service CARES

    Awarded to: Centre for Newcomers Society of Calgary

    The Customer Service CARES (CSC) aims at supporting 60 vulnerable unemployed newcomers to develop language skills towards a successful career in retail.  The CSC participants will attend a 3-week series (75 hours) of intensive group language enhancement classes focused primarily on listening and speaking skills in customer service industry and will participate in an unpaid work experience or job shadowing for up to a week (25 hours). Job search skills and technology skill enhancement will also be a component of the program to help the participants improve their workforce connection.

    Caregiver Companion Training Project

    Awarded to: Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association

    This training program aims to support 60 immigrant women to find employment work as supportive caregiver companions. The project will enhance their knowledge and skills in the areas of: First Aid and CPR Level C; WHIMS; Basic Food Safety; dementia care; effective communication and supportive listening; relationship building; leisure activities for seniors and individuals with disabilities; abuse prevention; harm reduction; infection prevention and control; and other relevant Canadian workplace skills. The project offers five intakes with a blended learning model of in-person and online classroom training, work experience, job search and coaching support.

    Enhanced Industrial Cleaning Training for Newcomers

    Awarded to: Keyano College

    Keyano College’s Enhanced Industrial Cleaning Training for Newcomers will be an eight-week training program in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. The project will provide unemployed and under-employed newcomers who have a minimum CLB Level of 5 with: enhanced language and communication skills; occupational industrial cleaning knowledge and training; essential skill training in customer service; computer fundamentals and employment search capabilities; required safety certificates; and, employment supports that will connect them with employment opportunities to enter the workforce.

    First Steps to Integration: Language, Culture, and Employment Supports for Newcomers and their Workplaces

    Awarded to: Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative Ltd.

    This Edmonton-based program is a 12-week training program to increase the ability of newcomers with low language skills (< CLB4) and complex barriers to employment to connect with workplaces through knowledge and skill building and by increasing the intercultural understanding of workplaces through relationship building. The focus is on English language development specific to the hospitality and the food industries and includes modules in listening and speaking skills; industry specific language; Workforce Essential Skills, intercultural engagement and workplace culture; job search and preparation skills; digital literacy; and self-awareness. Additional features include a Culture/Career Coach, three workplace practicums, and job skills training specific to the workplace. The program is co-facilitated by the English as an Additional Language instructor and a workplace trainer creating a unique platform for intercultural exchange and learning. The program intentionally aims to ‘broker’ the relationship between newcomers who are eager to work and those who wish to hire them by strengthening capacity in both.

    Supply Chain Management for Newcomers

    Awarded to: NorQuest College

    This project offers a pathway to 40 newcomers to a career in Supply Chain Management. This program is full-time and will be delivered online with an average of 25 hours of learning per week. It has several components that encompass technical, intercultural, and language skills development for students that are in stage 2 of their language training. The program includes an unpaid work placement for students, as well as diversity and inclusion training for employers. Supply Chain, Canada supports this project by providing a supply chain expert to co-teach the program with an English as an Additional Language instructor.  It will also provide students with recognition in the field by offering a Diploma in Supply Management Training to students, upon successful completion.

    Administrative Support for a Digital Alberta

    Awarded to: The Immigrant Education Society

    Administrative Support for a Digital Alberta (ASDA) is a 14-week administrative professional training program for permanent residents, refugees, and naturalized Canadian citizens with an emphasis on technological proficiency and soft skills for the Canadian workplace. ASDA will be offered in a fully online format through 3 intakes, preparing over 60 participants for Alberta's workforce. Two 3-hour classes will be held each week for the duration of each intake, covering three main topics: Digital Skills for Administrative Professionals, Workplace Soft Skills, and Job Search Preparation. An 80-hour volunteer work placement follows the completion of the module-based materials, providing participants with Canadian work experience.

    Immigrant Coding Online for Development in Employment

    Awarded to: The Immigrant Education Society

    The Immigrant Coding Online for Development in Employment (iCODE) program will prepare technically educated newcomers for a career in programming and software coding. The part-time program consists of IT workplace language and coding provided by industry partner, comIT. In addition to in-class training, a three-month practicum placement will be at a related industry workplace. The program aims to enrol 96 participants over 2 years and find employment opportunities for iCODE learners right after the training finish.

  • 2019-20 projects funded

    Alberta Registered Nurses Assessment Program Preparation (ARNAP Prep)

    Awarded to: Bredin Centre for Learning

    Assist 60 Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) with Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 6 who are required to challenge the Alberta Registered Nurses Assessment Program (ARNAP) through the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA). Project includes training on a Mock Multiple-choice exam replicating the structure and format of the ARNAP exam. Part-time instructor-led classes delivered on a rotating schedule will include 16 modules of content to support 4 Mock OSCEs (objective structured clinical examinations) that replicate the experience and process of the real examination.

    Best Practices for Adult ESL and LINC Programming in Alberta

    Awarded to: Association of Alberta Teachers of English as a Second Language (ATESL)

    Review and update the Best Practice Guidelines for Adult ESL/LINC (Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada) Programming in Alberta. Originally developed in 1994 by ATESL, updates are required in the areas of program implementation, learner support, curriculum, and instruction, among others and include topics of LGBTQ2S+, indigenization of ESL classrooms, learners with disabilities, learning issues related to trauma and learners in non-traditional classrooms such as those living and working in rural Alberta.

    Building System Integration

    Awarded to: Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES)

    A collaboration between AWES and NorQuest's Institute for Inclusive Leadership, this innovative project explores the integration of Essential Skills and Intercultural Competence frameworks and aims to create one comprehensive, integrated package of resources to support successful integration of newcomers into the Canadian workplace. Existing successful resources from both partners will be supplemented with new materials and combined into one easily accessible resource package. The project will also explore the benefits of breaking down the disciplinary silos and sharing resources and networks.

    Conflict Resolution Across Culture

    Awarded to: Bow Valley College

    Develop a 'short course' micro-credential on intercultural conflict resolution and pilot it with 18 newcomers in rural (Banff/Canmore/High River) and 22 newcomers in urban (Calgary) settings. It will be offered as a part-time, 50 hour, blended course offered over 3 months. Course development will be informed by employers in rural Alberta. The micro-credential will be a shareable endorsement of an achieved skill having labour market value thus supporting newcomer labour market integration.

    Diversity: An Employer Advantage

    Awarded to: Being Human Services

    Develop and deliver diversity and inclusion training to 50 employers in Medicine Hat and area at roundtable sessions. Monthly follow-up will include 1 to 1 support at work sites; develop and continuously update a registry of resources that will be distributed to employers and available online.

    ESL First Aid Foundational Knowledge

    Awarded to: Brooks Community Adult Learning Council (BCALC)

    Develop a preparation course pre-teaching First Aid content and vocabulary to prepare ESL clients with minimum CLB 3 to take the 2-day Standard First Aid course and, working with First Aid trainers, revise the First Aid course presentation to utilize augmented visual aids, hands-on first aid props, improved practical exercises, adjusted power-point information and a verbal examination protocol for ESL Learners. Once lessons and the program are developed, a pilot group of 6 to 8 ESL learners will complete the program to determine its suitability for ESL clients.

    Facilitating Pathways to Health Care Aide for Newcomers in Rural Alberta

    Awarded to: NorQuest College

    Increase access to the Health Care Aide Workplace (HCAW) program for newcomers with CLB 6 by updating the preparatory program to meet the new HCA curriculum requirements and pilot with a minimum of 20 participants across rural Alberta. Includes training for taking online courses and assessment.

    Key Workplace Essential Skills Training (KWEST)

    Awarded to: Solomon College

    Develop and deliver a 12-week, full-time, training program to 8 cohorts of 10 newcomers with minimum CLB 4 who are multi-barriered and face educational, English communication, and workplace skills deficits to develop skills for the warehousing industry. Learners will complete 8 weeks of in-class training focusing on workplace essential skills with a strong focus on digital literacy, occupation-specific language, workplace safety certificates (WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System), Forklift operation, and First Aid), and employment readiness. The remaining 4 weeks will be spent supporting learners to find employment in Edmonton within the warehouse sector.

    Making Anything Possible with Perseverance and Drive (MAPPeD)

    Awarded to: Centre d'Accueil pour Nouveaux Arrivants Francophones (CANAF)

    Provide a full-time and part-time employment support program for up to 256 Francophone young adults between the ages of 18 to 34 with CLB 4+. Five 4-month full-time semesters and 3 8-month part-time semesters will be delivered. Programming will include ESL, employment and life skills training and support participants to make short-term employment goals to accomplish during the program as well as set long-term career and academic goals.

    Ready to Launch: Language and Entrepreneurship Training for Newcomers

    Awarded to: Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning

    Develop curriculum and offer a language and entrepreneurship training for newcomers with CLB 5 and above. Part-time, in-class training, including mentorship opportunities will provide participants with knowledge and skills to help them get ready to launch their businesses. Two cohorts, targeting between 15 to 20 newcomers will be delivered.

    Settling into Success

    Awarded to: Learning Centre Literacy Association, The

    Part-time in-class programming and one-to-one services over 10 weeks to assist 3 cohorts of 10 newcomers in greater-Edmonton succeed in their employment journey. With ESL training embedded, the program will develop participants' knowledge of Canadian work culture and provide tools for successful employment integration. Social and volunteer opportunities will provide participants opportunity to build their personal and professional networks.

    Supports to Employment

    Awarded to: Catholic Social Services – Red Deer

    Develop and deliver in-person part-time training (4 hours per day) over a 10-week period at for 5 cohorts of 8 to 10 newcomers with CLB 3. Participants will be provided with a detailed career assessment; individualized career and education plan; essential skills, Canadian workplace culture, and intercultural communication training; tools and strategies to manage emotions through the job search experience; and ongoing individual and group-based job search support for up to 6 months after the completion of the 10-week sessions.

    Taber Capacity and Receptivity Improvement

    Awarded to: Taber and District Community Adult Learning Association

    Improving the capacity of service providers and the receptivity of the community through education and cultivating understanding. Five activities include: a comprehensive settlement needs survey, 5 community information sessions, one Multicultural Education Evening for providers, “Culture Corners,” and Life Story Exhibits.

    The Second Home Project

    Awarded to: Bow Valley Learning Council

    Building on and connecting to existing 2019 to 2023 Bow Valley Integration Strategy activities, the project provides for a Learning Navigator position to work with newcomers and employers in the hospitality sector and to facilitate relationships with service providers to better meet the learning needs of newcomer employees. A part-time (6 hours per week) 12-week Language classes will also be piloted and delivered 3 times per year in Banff and in Lake Louise. Curriculum will be based in part on the Alberta Workforce Essential Skills’ Work Faster, Work Safer program, but will be tailored to meet the needs of learners in the Bow Valley.

    Welcoming Claresholm

    Awarded to: CCIS – Foothills Community Immigrant Services

    Specialized training to approximately 15 employers, 10 service providers/schools and 20 volunteers so that stakeholders in the region build their long-term capacity to welcome and serve newcomers and that the entire community is invested and engaged in the settlement and integration process. A Welcoming Claresholm Advisory Committee will facilitate a collaborative, coordinated and holistic approach to supporting newcomer settlement and retention in the Claresholm area.

    Workplace ESL for Low Literacy Newcomers

    Awarded to: Central Alberta Refugee Effort (CARE)

    Develop and deliver part-time ESL workplace training for 3 cohorts of 10 newcomers, CLB 2 to 4, with literacy gaps. Trauma-informed literacy-focused language training will cover a range of topics related to the Canadian workforce while referencing the 9 Essential Skills as specified by the Canadian Government. Each 268-hour program will include classroom instruction, one-on-one coaching, mentoring, and real-world application tasks.

  • 2018-19 projects funded

    Alberta Newcomers: How-To & Smart Tips Video Series

    Awarded to: Immigrant Services Calgary

    Development of a series of multi-lingual, scenario-based videos as well as a new, interactive online platform that serves as a centralized base for coordinated dissemination of trustworthy settlement videos. The goal is to increase accessibility to settlement information. (Innovation)

    Career Transitions Program for IMGs

    Awarded to: Alberta International Medical Graduates Association

    Part-time classroom training over 12 weeks consisting of 10 one-day workshops, a 100-hour work placement/mentorship, and up to 6 individual coaching sessions for 50 International Medical Graduates seeking an alternative career. Plus delivery of three workshops on bridging cultural diversity in the workplace for employers. The goal is to help participants transition from a position of underemployment to a position where their skills and knowledge are utilized.

    Childcare Training for Low Literacy Immigrant Women

    Awarded to: Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

    Full-time classroom training for 36 weeks and mentored work experience for 8 weeks provided to two cohorts of 15 immigrant women in Calgary leading to their Child Development Assistant certification. Follow-up support in job placement and job retention is provided, if needed. The goal is for participants to be employed by the end of program.

    Digitizing Workplace Resources

    Awarded to: Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society

    Consolidation and digitization of several AWES essential skills and workplace culture resources into interactive, self-directed, gamified training modules at CLB 3-5 that are accessible via a variety of digital devices (i.e. smartphone, tablet, computer). The goal is to increase accessibility to training that improves labour market attachment for newcomers. (Innovation)

    Employability Skills Enhancement for Newcomers

    Awarded to: Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

    Full-time classroom training for 5 cohorts of 15 newcomers consisting of 6 weeks of general employability skills training, 2 weeks of sector-specific training (hospitality, manufacturing, health care or agriculture), and 2 weeks of a mentor-supported work exposure in Calgary and surrounding areas. The goal is for participants to be employed by the end of the program.

    Enhancing Workplace Safety and Equity through Newcomer Youth-Employer Collaboration

    Awarded to: Bow Valley College

    Research, co-creation, piloting and evaluation of a set of scalable teaching methods and online learning resources relating to workplace safety and equity for young English language learner (ELL) employees, employers, and ELL instructors.  The goal is to increase access to training and resources that help improve labour market integration outcomes for newcomer youth, who are also ELLs. (Innovation)

    Equipping and Advancing a Culturally Diverse Workforce

    Awarded to: Anthony & Holmes Consulting Ltd

    Research, design, development and piloting of a part-time blended leadership development program that includes coaching and a practicum with 3 cohorts of 15-20 newcomer staff as well as a parallel program for 3 cohorts of 15-20 current leaders to equip them to support newcomer advancement in the disability services sector. Plus updating and revision of a mandatory online course for the disability services sector with plain language and ESL learning strategies piloted with 75 learners. The goal is to identify barriers to and strategies that facilitate diversity and inclusion in succession planning and to make the online course more accessible to newcomers. (Innovation)

    Family Wellness and Community Enhancement Project

    Awarded to: Catholic Social Services

    Provides holistic and client-centred supports for individuals and families in Edmonton and Red Deer who have recently reunited after a prolonged separation through the development of a Family Wellness Plan involving individual, family and group sessions. The goal is that participants achieve healthy family relationships.

    First Steps to Integration: Language, Culture, and Employment Supports for Newcomers and their Workplaces

    Awarded to: Multicultural Health Brokers Co-operative Ltd.

    Part-time classroom training consisting of 12 weeks of language instruction and industry-specific job skills offered on-site with hospitality industry partners for 4 cohorts of 10 newcomers with low language skills and complex barriers to work readiness.  Ongoing support from a Culture/Career Coach is provided. The goal is for participants to be employed at the end of the program and to articulate strategies to promote welcoming workplaces through relationship-based intercultural engagement. (Innovation)

    Immigrant Access Counseling

    Awarded to: The Immigrant Educational Society

    Development, piloting and evaluation of a model for online delivery of settlement services (needs assessments; information and referrals; supportive counseling) to newcomers who are not eligible for federally funded services in Calgary and area. The goal is to identify promising practices for an online delivery strategy that will increase accessibility to settlement services. ​(Innovation)

    LGBTQ+ Welcoming Centres Project

    Awarded to: Centre for Newcomers

    Part-time classroom-based professional development workshops, seminars and small group training to 60 service provider organizations across Alberta on how to effectively address LGBTQ+ newcomer issues and to use best practices to welcome LGBTQ+ people into their services.  The goal is for organizations to complete training, conduct a scan and develop an ongoing improvement plan to be certified as a welcoming place for LGBTQ+ newcomers.

    Municipal Integration Project

    Awarded to: Town of Banff

    Adaptation of the municipality's service delivery model into a ‘single front door’ approach to services and programs; development of new plain language community orientation resources; establishment of outreach services through multilingual Community Champions; and promotion and evaluation. The goal is to transition the municipality into a more active and sustaining role in settlement and integration in the Banff region.

    Newcomer Settlement and Integration Supports

    Awarded to: Grande Prairie Centre for Newcomers

    Provides settlement services (needs assessments; orientations; information and referrals; translation and interpretation; supportive counseling) to newcomers who are not eligible for federally funded services in Grand Prairie and surrounding communities.

    Professional Development for Alberta's Settlement and Integration Sector

    Awarded to: Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies

    Facilitation of stakeholder engagement to identify gaps, issues, and emerging trends in provincial settlement needs and promotion of collaborative responses.  Plus, delivery of part-time (1-2 day) classroom-based professional development courses and development of self-paced online versions for service providers across the province on 4 topics identified by membership. The goal is to advance service delivery for newcomers in Alberta.

    Providing Pathways

    Awarded to: Edson and District Community Learning Society

    Provides settlement services (needs assessments; orientations; information and referrals; translation and interpretation; supportive counseling) to newcomers who are not eligible for federally funded services in Edson and surrounding communities.

    Services d'établissement francophones pour les Canadiens naturalisés et les résidents temporaires

    Awarded to: Accès Emploi Alberta

    Provides settlement services in French (needs assessments; orientations; information and referrals; translation and interpretation; supportive counseling) to newcomers who are not eligible for federally funded services in Edmonton, Fort McMurray and surrounding communities.

    Supply Chain Preparation and Training for Newcomers

    Awarded to: NorQuest College

    (Partner: Supply Chain Management Association of Alberta) Full-time classroom training for 4 months plus 150-hour work placement that provides 30 newcomers at CLB 5/6 in Edmonton with intercultural, language, and technical skills aligned to the Supply Management Training national outcomes. The goal is for participants to be labour market ready and to establish a pathway for newcomers to a career in Supply Chain. (Innovation)

    Supporting Emerging Entrepreneurial Decisions (SEED) for newcomer women

    Awarded to: Bow Valley College

    (Partners: Start-Up Calgary, CIWA, Chiu School of Business) Research, design, and development of a 40-hour part-time blended course employing experiential learning piloted with 20 newcomer women emerging entrepreneurs at CLB 6/7 in Calgary. The goal is to identify language and intercultural competencies required for emerging entrepreneurs, support entrepreneurial thinking and action, and empower newcomer women to bridge to existing supports and programs that will help them to create their own businesses. (Innovation)

    Supports for Newcomer Integration

    Awarded to: Lethbridge Family Services

    Provides settlement services (needs assessments; orientations; information and referrals; translation and interpretation; supportive counseling) to newcomers who are not eligible for federally funded services in Lethbridge and surrounding communities.

    The Language of Inclusion: Diversity and Inclusion Materials for the ESL Classroom

    Awarded to: NorQuest College

    Development of 4 integrated skills modules targeting low to intermediate English language learners on the topic of diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Addresses the need in Alberta for more ESL teaching and learning resources on this topic. Understanding Newcomer Experiences of Inclusion

    Understanding Newcomer Experiences of Inclusion

    Awarded to: Centre for Race and Culture

    This research project uses mixed methods to examine the correlation of Personal Wellbeing and other aspects of individual lived experiences related to diversity and inclusion with a range of geographic as well as social, economic and other demographic variables. The goal is to contribute to better understandings of newcomers’ needs so that promising practices and initiatives can be identified, strengthened and promoted.

    Workplace Integration for Newcomers

    Awarded to: Being Human Services

    Part-time classroom and one-on-one training over 16 weeks providing employment readiness training with a language focus for 50 newcomers at CLB 3-5 in Medicine Hat and area. The goal is to help newcomers to connect to workplaces and ultimately help them secure employment.

  • 2017-18 projects funded

    Working Faster, Working Safer: Language, Essential Skills and Intercultural Communication for CLB 1-2

    Awarded to: Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society

    This project provided orientation and training for language instructors by piloting the newly developed materials for low level Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) learners.

    Post-TESL Professional Development

    Awarded to: Bow Valley College

    This project provided direct support for English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors in the form of specialized professional development to help increase the skills and abilities of ESL service providers across the province in supporting the successful settlement and integration of newcomers to Alberta.

    Foundations in Agricultural-based industry – for Refugees and other Migrants (FARM) in Alberta

    Awarded: Calgary Immigrant Educational Society

    This program focused on preparing Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) 4–5 newcomers with an agriculture background for employment in agricultural-related commercial industries, such as horticulture and landscaping.

    Workplace Online Retention Class (WORC)

    Awarded to: Calgary Immigrant Educational Society

    This project provided a blended online course where participants could improve language proficiency (listening, speaking, reading and writing) while focusing on intercultural competency, workplace culture, job-specific language and essential skills.

    Communicative Workplace English

    Awarded to: Grande Prairie Council for Lifelong Learning Society

    This program focused on supporting newcomers who are either employed in the service industry and are seeking advancement or are unemployed and seeking employment in the service industry.

    First Steps to Employment

    Awarded to: Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative

    This project provided immigrants and refugees with language and cultural supports and skills needed to access and retain a job in the hospitality industry.

    Childcare Training for Low Literacy Immigrant Women

    Awarded to: Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

    This project focused on occupational skills training for immigrant and refugee women with limited education and language skills. Successful participants earned Childcare Development Assistant certification.

    Workplace Communication for Rural Immigrants

    Awarded to: Bow Valley College

    This mentoring program assisted newcomers living in rural southern Alberta. Participants accessed online learning materials on workplace communication, soft skills, details and explanations on Canadian workplace norms, plus employer expectations.

    Essential Skills Enhancement for Refugees Program

    Awarded to: Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

    This program provided refugee clients with skills, information and support to secure entry-level employment in health care, hospitality and manufacturing. The program also helps refugee clients gain financial stability and access to opportunities for long-term career growth.

    Newcomer Workplace Integration in the Disability Services Sector

    Awarded to: Anthony & Holmes Consulting Ltd.

    Three online courses focused on intercultural competence and workplace communication developed in partnership with employers for newcomers and Canadian-born workers in the disability services sector.

    Integrating the Essential Skills Tools into the Employment Counselling Process: Workshops and Material

    Awarded to: Alberta Workforce Essential Skills

    This project provided training for front-line workers at immigrant serving agencies who provide employment counselling for immigrant job-seekers. Workshops helped counsellors provide workplace preparation services for newcomers by increasing knowledge and understanding about their needs and the labour market.

    Fostering Positive Healthcare Workplaces for Newcomers in Rural Alberta

    Awarded to: Stettler & District Community Adult Learning Council

    In partnership with NorQuest College, a series of professional development workshops offered employees who work in health care to build intercultural awareness, improve skill levels and English language communication for those whose first language is not English.

    Ongoing Support Services Red Deer

    Awarded to: Catholic Social Services

    This project provided clients with personalized needs assessments, information and orientation, supportive counselling, referral services and outreach activities such as presentations to community organizations.

    Supports for Newcomer Integration

    Awarded to: Edmonton Immigrant Services Association

    This project provided translation services needed for foreign credential assessment as well as supportive counselling, mentoring and group support, information and orientation on community programs and services, immigration and legal issues, employment, housing, and other needs.

    Newcomer Community Integration Project

    Awarded to: Grande Prairie Centre for Newcomers – Edmonton Immigrant Serving Association

    This project supported naturalized Canadian citizens and refugee claimants in Grande Prairie and nearby rural communities who are ineligible for supports funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

    Francophone Newcomer Community Integration – Edmonton

    Awarded to: Centre d'accueil et d'établissement du Nord de l'Alberta

    This project provided settlement and integration services for naturalized Canadians, refugee claimants and their children who are ineligible for supports funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. The project also assisted Francophone LGTBQ newcomers who face barriers ranging from racism, homophobia, transphobia and isolation to logistical issues such as finding work, support services and safe housing.

    Francophone Newcomer Community Integration - Fort McMurray

    Awarded to: Centre d'accueil et d'établissement du Nord de l'Alberta

    This project provided settlement and integration services into the Francophone and broader community in Fort McMurray for naturalized Canadians and refugee claimants and their children who are ineligible for supports funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.

    Enhanced Integration Services

    Awarded to: Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

    Support for naturalized Canadian citizens and refugee claimants ineligible for funding by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and are facing significant barriers to their settlement and integration. Clients gained access to resources, skills, connections and support to overcome the barriers they face and achieve outcomes such as financial literacy, employability and social inclusion.

    Brooks Enhanced Integration Services

    Awarded to: Calgary Catholic Immigration Society

    Support for naturalized Canadian citizens and refugee claimants ineligible for funding by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada and are facing significant barriers to their settlement and integration. Clients gained access to resources, skills, connections and support to overcome the barriers they face and achieve outcomes such as financial literacy, employability and social inclusion.

    Newcomer Integration Support: Integration, Pre-Employment and Cross-Cultural Parenting Services

    Awarded to: Calgary Immigrant Women's Association

    Support for naturalized Canadian citizens and refugee claimant women and their families ineligible for supports funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. Individual counselling sessions in the client’s first language will provide a needs assessment, action planning, integration, pre-employment and supportive family counselling and will be ongoing as needed.

    Newcomer's Navigator

    Awarded to: Taber and District Community Adult Learning Association

    This project supported newcomers who have chosen to settle in the Taber area. It provided a ‘Newcomer Navigator’ staff person in Taber to link clients to career and employment services, English language classes, volunteer opportunities, schools and other relevant local service providers.

    Newcomer and Learner Support Centre

    Awarded to: Two Hills Adult Learning Council

    Language and cultural support to Low German Mennonite speakers through:

    • language classes
    • support centre open during evenings with access to public computers and internet
    • foundational math training for entry into general educational development apprenticeship preparation course to increase employability of clients.

    Alberta LGBTQ+ New Canadians Project

    Awarded to: Centre for Newcomers

    This project builds on piloted joint services dedicated to LGBTQ+ newcomers by serving clients ineligible for services funded by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in Calgary, mainly naturalized Canadian citizens and refugee claimants.

    Connecting Chinese Newcomers to Mainstream Services

    Awarded to: ASSIST Community Services Centre

    Partnership between ASSIST, Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers, and Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton. Increased understanding of Chinese senior newcomers’ settlement needs to create integration pathways with the larger community.

    Refugee Awareness Alberta

    Awarded to: Centre for Race and Culture – Edmonton

    This project educated Albertans about refugees, the causes of their displacement and the resettlement process. Approximately 20 workshops were provided for frontline service providers (from sectors including education, police, housing and health) and the general public.

  • 2016-17 projects funded

    Bridge to Better On-boarding

    Awarded to: Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES)

    Design, develop and pilot a course providing language, essential skills and intercultural communication training that supports on-boarding and orientation of front line immigrant employees in food manufacturing.

    Customer Care: Cultivating the Culture of Service

    Awarded to: Bow Valley College

    Design, develop and pilot a part-time blended course for learners at a CLB 4–6 who are working in hospitality and retail jobs.

    Here to Help: Language Skills for Food Service Workers

    Awarded to: Bow Valley College

    Develop an e-handbook targeted for instructors, facilitators and learners who then develop and pilot a part-time face-to-face course using the e-handbook as the core curriculum.

    Adult ESL Classroom Online

    Awarded to: Calgary Immigrant Educational Society (CIES)

    Design, develop and pilot a short, interactive blended-online language employment course for learners at a CLB 3–4.

    Integration for Refugee Women

    Awarded to: Edmonton Northlands

    Develop and deliver a communication and job skills workplace training program that builds work readiness for refugee women, and leads to employment in banquet or concession services.

    Integrated Language & Workforce Training

    Awarded to: NorQuest College

    Develop and deliver workplace-specific language and essential skills training program, including workplace experience, for CLB 3–5 learners who have minimal Canadian work experience and are interested in pursuing employment in the near future.

    Using Trauma-Informed English as Second Language Instruction to Empower Refugees at CLB Levels 3–4

    Awarded to: Red Deer College

    A two-phased project that included a certificate course for language instructors on trauma-informed pedagogy and the subsequent trauma-informed certificate course for refugees at a CLB 3–4 that provides workplace language training for commercial kitchens, hospitality and customer service environments.

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