Workforce Partnerships grants

Eligible organizations with common labour market needs can get funding to support workforce initiatives.


Workforce Partnership grants provide funding to organizations such as employers, industry and sector associations, regional organizations and Indigenous organizations to support labour market adjustment strategies and workforce development, including initiatives to attract and retain workers through partnerships.

Effective partnerships can improve the capacity of organizations to deal with workforce demands, implement labour force adjustments, address workforce issues and support economic growth on a regional and/or provincial level.

The Government of Alberta is working in partnership with the Government of Canada to provide employment support programs and services.


Eligible applicants

  • for-profit businesses
  • non-profit organizations
  • industry associations, employer organizations
  • employee organizations
  • local planning groups, economic development organizations, community action groups
  • organizations with charitable status
  • Indigenous groups, organizations, or communities on or off reserve
  • municipalities

Eligible projects

Eligible applicants can apply for different partnership grants based on the activities and outcomes desired.

Labour Market Partnership projects focus on developing information and best practices to support labour market adjustment strategies. Examples of Labour Market Partnership activities:

  • researching and analyzing of labour market trends
  • developing strategic plans for the partnership to prepare for future skill requirements and prevent skills shortages
  • promoting current labour market needs or heightening awareness of labour market issues such as skills shortages
  • sharing best practices in human resource development and career or employment training

For detailed requirements, criteria and expected outcomes, read the Labour Market Partnerships Guidelines

Note, these guidelines supersede the Alberta Works Online Manual content.

Workforce Attraction and Retention Partnership projects focus on piloting and testing different workforce development tools and initiatives to attract and retain workers. Examples of Workforce Attraction and Retention Partnership activities include:

  • connecting stakeholders to knowledge and resources that will support their attraction and retention efforts
  • piloting, testing or applying tools, techniques and processes that assist in the attraction and retention of workers

For detailed requirements, criteria and expected outcomes, read the Workforce Attraction and Retention Partnerships Guidelines

Note, these guidelines supersede the Alberta Works Online Manual content.

Program priorities

Workforce Partnership priorities to support industry, sector and regional job creation and workforce recovery are:

  • encourage workforce development across various foundational and emerging sectors to support a diversified Alberta economy as identified in Alberta’s Recovery Plan
  • enable job creators to increase employment through attraction and retention initiatives
  • address the impacts of workforce and sectoral adjustments by increasing industry or employer capacity to build a resilient workforce
  • build industry and employer capacity to increase and enhance workforce participation of newcomers, youth, Indigenous peoples, women, mature workers and people living with a disability

How to apply

Applicants must submit a project proposal.

Prior to submitting a proposal or to get more information on developing a proposal and the application process, reach out to one of the applicable program contacts below.

Indigenous partnership projects

For more information on how to apply for Indigenous partnership projects contact an Indigenous Partnership Coordinator at [email protected]. Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Regional projects

For more information on how to apply for regional projects contact a Workforce Consultant at [email protected]. Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Industry and sector provincewide projects

For more information on how to apply for industry and sector provincewide projects contact an Industry Workforce Partnerships Specialist at [email protected]. Proposals are accepted on an ongoing basis at this time.

Application grant documents

Prior to submitting a proposal, organizations are required to review the appropriate guidelines and read the appropriate Grant Agreement template for public bodies or non-public bodies which outlines the terms and conditions of a grant.

Organizations submitting a proposal must also complete and attach the Application for Grant form with their proposal.

Grant recipients

  • 2023-24 grant recipients

    Industry and sector provincewide projects

    Aligning Purpose, Profit and Sustainability of Compensation Culture in Tourism – Tourism Industry Association of Alberta (TIAA)
    This project will consider labour force development through a full-cost accounting/lifecycle analysis. This fundamental shift in how labour costs are viewed and addressed can bridge the needs, expectations, and understanding of employees to reshape workplace culture and compensation decisions.

    Apprenticeships in Alberta: Facilitating Pathways to Apprenticeship and Careers in the Skilled Trades for Racialized Youth and Newcomers – Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF)
    This project will support entry into apprenticeships in Alberta by creating awareness by sharing information about apprenticeship with racialized youth and parents and connecting racialized youth and employers through events and job matching services.

    Building a Substrate for Diverse and Welcoming Workshops – Wood Manufacturing Council (WMC)
    The Wood Manufacturing Council will pilot a project that maps the barriers in the wood manufacturing sector for diverse groups, particularly women of intersectional identities in non-traditional roles. They will determine barriers to entry and address those with change plans. The project will build and implement a change plan to support the sector to address the barriers for women of intersectional identities entering, staying and advancing in wood manufacturing.

    Digital Workforce Catalyst Alberta – Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)
    Digital Workforce Catalyst Alberta led by Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) provides SMEs a curated centralized digital HR resource hub and opportunities with industry ambassadors for guidance and support to strengthen their recruitment, human resources, and job creation processes to build their longer-term capacity to recruit and retain tech talent.

    Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) in Alberta’s Bio-economy – BioTalent Canada
    BioTalent Canada will identify the demographic makeup of Alberta’s bio-economy in terms of equity deserving groups and will identify key barriers that prevent equity deserving groups from entering the sector. The project aims to create recommendations for strategies and tools to attract, recruit, integrate, and retain under-represented talent groups in the bio-economy by creating a library of IDEA tools, bringing employers together to create a community of IDEA champions, and having a dedicated concierge to support bio-economy employers in the IDEA journey.

    Increasing Indigenous Participation in Alberta’s Tech Sector – First Nations Technology Council (FNTC)
    Increasing Indigenous Participation in Alberta’s Tech Sector led by First Nations Technology Council (FNTC), in partnership with Digital Alberta, is a study that includes in-depth participatory research on the demand and supply of tech talent and skill across Indigenous communities in Alberta, including regional in-demand jobs and skills, Indigenous digital entrepreneurship pathways, and experiences, skillsets and aspirations of Indigenous talent. The aim is to equip Alberta’s digital economy employers with the information, best practices, strategies, and knowledge needed to more effectively engage with, recruit, and retain Indigenous workers for their in-demand roles.

    Investigating and Addressing Drivers for Workforce Gaps in Alberta’s Mining and Oil and Gas Sector – Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHRC)
    This project will assess the labour demand for critical occupations in the mining industry and investigate the points of attrition along the tight labour supply pipeline. Results from this analysis will be used to develop Alberta specific customized career initiatives based on MiHRC’s We Need Mining. Mining Needs You. campaign.

    ManufacturingGPS: Roadmap to Grow Alberta Manufacturing – Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium (EMC)
    The Excellence in Manufacturing Consortium will be leading a project targeting 14 manufacturing sub-sectors that will provide detailed labour market information to enable manufacturers to address current and potential skills gaps and build a more diverse workforce. They will develop an LMI study with actionable recommendations and strategies to attract and retain workers, and to promote and connect job seekers, particularly youth and new Canadians to manufacturing careers. They will be conducting regional workshops to bring together stakeholders to discuss attraction and retention challenges and produce local LMI results and actionable plans for workplace solutions, including under-represented groups.

    Pinpointing Challenges that Contribute to the Driver Shortage – Trucking Human Resources Canada (THRC)
    Pinpointing Challenges that Contribute to the Driver Shortage, led by Trucking HR Canada in partnership with Alberta Motor Transport Association, aims to increase the attraction and retention of drivers by providing Commercial Truck Driving LMI snapshots, information on the trajectory of driver training graduates, and an exploration of driver compensation and pay structures to better understand:

    • why this occupation continues to experience high vacancies
    • the career trajectory of newly trained drivers, for example, if they are entering the industry after training, how long they are staying, and how to increase those numbers by identifying barriers
    • how much money are companies losing potential business by not paying more to increase driver recruitment and retention

    TechHR Catalyst: A Program for Albertan Technology-Based SMEs to Create Jobs – Technology Alberta
    TechHR Catalyst: A Program for Albertan Technology-Based SMEs to Create Jobs led by Technology Alberta, in partnership with Prairies Economic Development Canada, supports hiring, recruiting, and onboarding for tech SMEs by providing customizable solutions based on the needs of the company. Experienced industry partners will provide mentorship around best practices in recruiting, hiring, and retaining tech talent with a sector specific lens.

    Regional projects

    Bi-Provincial Try-A-Trade Career Expo – Lloydminster Construction Association
    The Try-A-Trade is an opportunity for Albertans to explore career opportunities in the trades with hands-on learning experiences, such as laying bricks or welding a joint, and interactions with employers and education institutions. The event targets jobseekers, youth, career changers, new Canadians, and other interested individuals, helping address labour shortages in the skilled trades.

    Business Catalyst Supports – Sturgeon County
    A project to support rural small- and medium-sized job creators in addressing labour market shortages in Sturgeon County by enhancing the competitiveness of rural employers in attracting and retaining talent. It will assist employers with job attraction strategies by increasing their knowledge of best practices for workforce attraction, development and retention. Employers aim to become more appealing to job seekers and gain a competitive edge in attracting and tapping into new emerging talent networks.

    Business Expansion and Workforce Development Project (BREWD) – Town of Olds
    This labour market study will assess the region’s labour market challenges to develop a strategy and action plan for attraction and retention of labour, essential to ensure a competitive business environment and to serve the needs of the region’s businesses and industries.

    Career and Education EXPO/Job Fair 2024 – Community Futures Yellowhead East
    Employers will enhance their knowledge of best practices for hiring, workforce attraction, retention and development while allowing them time to educate jobseekers and youth about regional labour needs. This project supports regional job attraction strategies by informing employers about human resources best practices and informing jobseekers about regional skill needs and opportunities.

    Connect Hire Screen Industries Career Expo – 1844 Studios
    This event will help address labour shortages in the Edmonton film industry by raising the profile of film career opportunities among jobseekers, students and underrepresented groups. The Career Expo will support job attraction initiatives in the film industry by providing production and post-production companies with opportunities to connect with Albertans from diverse backgrounds to build the sector’s workforce.

    Crossfield Regional Career Fair – Crossfield Chamber of Commerce Society
    This project will support the job attraction strategies of employers in the construction and manufacturing sectors by connecting them directly with job seekers. This will help address the growing demand for skilled trades in both sectors while providing opportunity to connect directly with underutilized labour pools such as youth, newcomers, indigenous people and women. Workshops will support employers in learning tools and strategies for workforce attraction and retention, building capacity to address labour shortages.

    Cypress County Ag Connections Conference – Cypress County
    The project will promote industry/community involvement and community capacity building to address labour market needs for the agriculture industry in the region by increasing knowledge of labour market intelligence and taking action to address needs of primary agriculture producers in the region.

    Drayton Valley Career, Job and Business Expo – Drayton Valley and District Chamber of Commerce
    Two in-person events for local employers, support agencies, education institutions and service providers to showcase local employment opportunities, programs and services to attendees. Employers will be able to address their staffing demands and training requirements while networking with other organizations and interacting with job seekers.

    Driving Change: Tech Employer Diversity and Inclusion – FLM Studios Inc. (Careers in Technology and Innovation)
    The project will investigate the barriers, opportunities and solutions to help diverse professionals find meaningful employment in Calgary’s technology ecosystem by helping improve employer inclusive hiring practices, increasing employer EDI knowledge, increasing connections within the Calgary tech ecosystem, and delivering a report outlining recommendations and actions.

    Fall 2023 Fort McMurray Job Fair – Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce
    Two job fairs (one in-person and one online) will identify the needs of local employers and connect them with qualified job seekers, including job seekers from outside the region who will explore opportunities in the region.

    Future of Work – Red Deer Polytechnic
    This project’s events will provide a strategic venue to allow employers to attract and actively recruit job seekers to address their labour shortages. These events will support employers with their job attraction strategies by providing the opportunity to educate and engage with job seekers and students about their industry/workplace and how to build a related career pathway.

    Generational Workforce Speaker Event – Whitecourt Employment Services Inc.
    Hiring managers and community stakeholders will learn about demographic information that will allow them to plan for and retain workers, in particular younger workers, and will become more aware of emerging and challenging demographics in the labour market to help them improve hiring and HR practices.

    Growing the North, Innovative Workforce Strategies – Community Futures, Grande Prairie and Region
    The Growing the North conference was created to bring stakeholders together to collaborate on solutions to local economic and workforce challenges. The event will enhance awareness of attraction and retention issues, identify innovative ways of recruiting and retaining quality staff, identify labour market trends to help address local labour shortages, and promote the importance of healthy workplace culture.

    Immersive Tech Sector: Labour Market Insights – ELIXR Simulations Association
    The project will identify current and future skill demands and opportunities in the immersive technology-based healthcare sector and develop and implement strategies to address labour market needs, such as: identifying skills, training and employment needs in the healthcare sector; increasing collaboration, partnerships and networks between stakeholders, employers and job seekers in the immersive technologies-based healthcare sector; and increasing employment opportunities and career advancement in the sector.

    Immigrant Tech Connect Series – Immigrant Techies Alberta
    This project will support job attraction strategies of employers in the tech sector by connecting them directly with immigrant job seekers. This will help address the growing demand for skilled talent in the tech industry while unlocking the often-underutilized immigrant talent pool.

    Indigenous Cultural Awareness Learning Series – St. Albert and District Chamber of Commerce
    This project will assist employers and the business community with job attraction strategies by providing knowledge and tools to enhance cultural competencies, navigate cultural differences, and build relationships with Indigenous communities to better recruit and retain Indigenous talent.

    IQubed Conference – Brooks Newell Region (City of Brooks)
    A 2-day conference to bring together employers, municipal leaders, and organizations focussed on assisting employers with job attraction strategies by increasing their knowledge of best practices for hiring, workforce attraction and retention. Grant funds will be used for: venue, speaker fees, marketing and printing/signage.

    Lakeland Region Business Support Network (BSN) and Employment and Attraction Network (EARN) – Bonnyville and District Chamber of Commerce Society
    Monthly networking and learning sessions delivered in St. Paul, Bonnyville and Cold Lake. This project supports regional job attraction strategies by informing employers about HR best practice and by working with employers to develop strategies to address workforce development issues.

    Leduc County Career Connector Symposium – Leduc County
    The project will promote industry/community involvement and community capacity building to address labour market needs in Leduc County and surrounding regions by providing learning sessions for employers to improve employee attraction and retention strategies and connecting local employers with job seekers through a career/job fair.

    Lloydminster Business Education Forum – Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce
    Sessions for employers to equip them with tools and knowledge to rethink how they recruit, retain and build a resilient workforce. Employers will learn strategies to attract and retain workers, tools to address workplace mental health to build a more resilient workforce, and how to implement diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

    Medicine Hat Agriculture Forum – Medicine Hat and District Chamber of Commerce
    This forum will help regional agriculture employers address labour shortages and develop job attraction strategies by connecting them with national and provincial workforce plans, identifying and discussing regional labour market challenges, and equipping them with a human resources best practices toolkit to help them attract and retain talent.

    NurtureHer: Building Bridges to Inclusive Hiring Project – Gradual Rising of Women (G.R.O.W.) Foundation
    A series of networking events and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) educational sessions for employers to foster and improve knowledge related to inclusive hiring practices and support equitable workforce for immigrants, Black, Indigenous and women of colour (BIWoC).

    Project C-Labs – C-Tribes Society
    The project will address labour market challenges faced by both employers and underrepresented communities, particularly BIPOC individuals, women, immigrants and youth. The project will enhance employers’ knowledge of best practices for hiring, workforce attraction and retention, and will deliver events to foster connections between employers and underrepresented job seekers in the tech and culture industries.

    Spark the North – Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake Region
    This event was created to support local employers, HR representatives and community leaders with workforce planning by enhancing awareness of attraction and retention challenges and best practices, providing labour market intelligence and trends about the local population and labour market, and promoting the importance of healthy workplace culture to attract and retain staff.

    Untapped Potential: Breaking Barriers in the Workforce – Selections Career Support Services
    The project will provide employers and human resources practitioners with tools, best practices and strategies on inclusive hiring practices for individuals with disabilities. Employers will increase their awareness this talent pool’s potential to fill labour shortages in various industries, leading to an increase in the participation/visibility of people with disabilities in the workforce.

    Vermilion Mental Health and Wellness Symposium – Vermilion and District Chamber of Commerce
    The symposium will enable employers and employees to better recognize and manage mental health issues to foster a more resilient workforce and improve employee retention by equipping them with strategies, tools and resources to address mental health challenges in the workplace.

    Women in Leadership DEI Labour Market Summit 2024 – Women in Leadership Foundation
    This project will encourage, support and facilitate workforce planning and labour market adjustments related to increasing the number of women leaders and voices in the technology and energy sectors, specifically BIPOC women, by increasing employers’ knowledge of workplace DEI policies and practices, barriers faced by women leaders in the workplace, and industry attraction and retention strategies to retain diverse talent.

    Women in the North 2024 – Community Futures Peace Country
    The event will provide women in northern Alberta, who often have limited access to professional development, with knowledge and information to develop resiliency and leadership skills, supporting workplaces that can better attract and retain employees. Women and local employers will learn about inclusive leadership, inclusive workplaces and supporting mental health in the workplace.

    Women Leading Change – Red Deer and District Chamber of Commerce
    An event focused on fostering the professional growth and success of women in the business community. The objective is to provide participants with the opportunity to integrate workforce learning, skill development and networking with business leaders.

    Workforce Development Keynote Speaker – Fort McMurray Chamber of Commerce
    The keynote speaker will address Chamber members, stakeholders and the public on the urgent need for innovative workforce solutions and strategies to thrive the an ever-changing business environment, as part of an event designed to address pressing needs and challenges facing the business community. The project will support a range of industries including energy, oil and gas, technology, retail, hospitality and home-based businesses.

    Workforce Development Speakers Event – Community Futures Northwest Alberta
    This event will support employers in northwestern Alberta in learning tools and building capacity to address skilled labour shortages. The event targets small businesses in the region with a high demand for skilled workers in sectors such as oil and gas and forestry, who often compete with larger corporations to hire the same talent, making attraction and retention challenging.

    Workplace Inclusion Charter – Care for Newcomers Society
    The Workplace Inclusion Charter will provide support to employers interested in hiring underrepresented groups by outlining commitments employers can make to improve their understanding, workplace culture and hiring processes. Employers will learn about the need for workplaces to be a place of belonging, fairness and support, and will deepen their awareness and understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives to better attract, recruit and retain staff from underrepresented groups.

    YEG Destination Possibility: Tech Career Event – FML Studios Inc. (Careers In Technology and Innovation)
    The event will to increase awareness of Edmonton’s technology ecosystem by helping employers understand the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in talent acquisition and management roles. Employers will be better able to attract and retain diverse talent seeking opportunities to start or advance their careers in the tech industry in the Edmonton region.

  • 2022-23 grant recipients

    Industry and sector provincewide projects

    Alberta Food Processors Association
    A first time (since 2005) labour market intelligence study and workforce plan focused specifically on Alberta’s food and beverage manufacturing sector. The study will also include strategies for the attraction, retention and talent development of skilled and semi-skilled workers.

    Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association
    Supports the development of a new Human Resources standard for hotels. The new standard will help raise the level of health & safety and human resource practices in Alberta hotels to better attract and retain talent. This project will also identify, develop & cultivate sources of labour and help hotels connect to this labour by hiring an in-house Workforce Specialist who will place workers in hotels that achieve or are in the process of achieving, the new HR designation.

    Alberta Information and Communications Technology Council
    Technology Alberta will secure approximately: an additional 100 Part-time positions at 100 Alberta Tech SME’s for an additional 100 Alberta job seekers, with the intent to, over time, have some of these jobs become permanent.

    Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii)
    AI Week will connect tech talent with hiring companies and promote AI and Machine Learning as careers of choice.

    Alberta Veterinary Medical Association (ABVMA)
    Led by in partnership with the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVMA). This project will develop and deliver a project to attract two streams of veterinarians: 1. Graduates (including Canadian graduating students) from accredited veterinary colleges and 2. Graduates of non-accredited veterinary colleges.  Project will research and target potential source countries such as the USA; Australia; Europe; South Africa; India, Pakistan and the Caribbean. Project also includes career and professional accreditation and immigration pathway content hosted on an ABVMA portal, providing potential veterinarians with options to facilitate their immigration to Alberta. The two year project will then become self-sustainable, for future attraction endeavours. The findings from this project will also be used to build employer capacity to successfully onboard newcomer veterinarians for future requirements. 

    Carbon Management Canada
    Will promote occupations needed in CCUS and outline the labour demand while also educating general Albertans on CCUS's role in energy diversification. Awareness campaign will provide further information to energy and carbon emitting industry workers in relevant occupations who are interested in CCUS opportunities; new Canadians seeking to understand the CCUS industry and create a career in Canada; Indigenous workers looking to advance their career and expand their skillsets; youth and new entrants interested in opportunities in the cleantech industry; and community agencies supporting employment in regions with current  or emerging CCUS activity.

    Calgary Economic Development
    Project will develop and launch a digital portal for the attraction and retention of a diverse and skilled workforce in Alberta’s film and television industry. The digital platform will help industry effectively recruit, train and retain workers with direct links to province-wide training and industry opportunities. The platform will also support industry to develop and deliver diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) initiatives with digital cross-departmental and standardized online DEI training courses such as "Unconscious Bias", "Anti Racism, "Inclusive Culture" and provide downloadable DEI resources.

    Electricity Human Resources Canada
    Project leverages existing ESDC funding for a National Labour Market Study to achieve a deep dive into Alberta’s Electricity sector workforce needs – without this funding, Alberta’s electricity sector workforce data would be aggregated with national data. LMI report will inform and improve Alberta’s electricity and renewable energy sector’s capability in workforce planning as we enter a new era of electricity generation. This allows stakeholders to identify emerging workforce needs, opportunities, and requirements across the industry as new priorities on clean growth and electrification change the human resources landscape.

    Energy Safety Canada c/o PetroLMI Division
    PetroLMI will work to expand the labour supply pool for entry-level jobs through: Research - labour demand and supply research which will identify regions where there is high labour demand and areas where labour supply can be accessed; Marketing - campaign aimed at increasing awareness of the sector within Alberta’s immigrant communities and Employment Connections - bringing together hiring companies and job-seekers through virtual industry awareness information sessions and in-person and/or virtual targeted hiring events.

    Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC)
    A study to fill gaps by researching talent demand in core sub-sectors IDM and health-tech, and providing in-depth and timely information and forecasts on labour demand and supply across Alberta's digital economy in an era marked by disruptive macroeconomic forces, evolving workforces, and continuing mass digitization.

    PolicyWise for Children and Families
    This project will endeavour to understand factors related to systemic labour issues in the Food and Beverage sector, how the impacts of COVID have affected sector labour issues, and what practices are needed to create resilient workplaces and workforces for the future with a specific focus on newcomer youth. The findings from this project will ideally be replicable across other segments of the tourism sector.

    ROA Gateways Corp. (Regional Oil Sands Alliance)
    Maintenance and labour analysis will quantify the demand across Members in Alberta’s Oil Sands then work with Industry partners to analyze supply against critical trades. Once a concrete picture of supply and demand are understood, will identify critical gaps and strategies to address.

    Women in Communications and Technology
    Women in Communications and Technology’s workforce accelerator program will provide reverse mentoring and leadership development, within tech companies, for women in tech to champion the growth and development of inclusive workplaces in Alberta.

    Regional projects

    1884 Studios
    1884 Studios’ “The Be Collective” project will provide the local film and television industry with best practice tools and resources to build capacity to address labour market gaps related to equity, diversity and inclusion.

    Bonnyville and District Chamber of Commerce
    The Bonnyville and St. Paul Business Support Network (BSN) and Employment Attraction & Retention Network (EARN) will host employer sessions to address workforce attraction, retention, diversity, inclusion, and training development.

    Brooks Chamber of Commerce
    The Power Up Brooks Conference will promote employee retention and workforce development by helping employers and workers learn how to move forward from the pandemic with health, resiliency, strength and energy.

    Camrose and District Chamber of Commerce
    The Strategies for Successful Employee Retention and Attraction employer workshop will provide a one day in-person workshop to regional business owners, managers, supervisors and job creators. Attendees will learn how to develop workers so they help grow the business, address productivity and performance management, and leave with practical strategies for employee attraction and retention.

    Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP)
    The Central Alberta Business Support Network (BSN) will provide a series of sessions to educate employers across Central Alberta on best practices in workforce retention and attraction and workplace diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Chic Geek
    The Women in Technology Talent Connector event will connect women in technology to companies seeking gender-diverse talent, with the goal of increasing the number of women candidates for technology employers.

    The Circle of Red Deer Seniors Society (The Golden Circle Senior Resource Centre)
    The Older Adults Employment Strategy Assessment will improve understanding of the barriers employers face in finding and accommodating older workers, as well as those older workers face seeking employment. The assessment results will include recommended services both employers and older job seekers need to improve attraction and retention of older workers.

    City of Fort Saskatchewan
    The Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Regional Labour Market Profile will undertake a labour study and employer survey to identify employment trends and skill gaps/surpluses, and will provide major employers with information on under-utilized labour pools. The study will recommend solutions to increase overall employment and employment opportunities in the region.

    City of Medicine Hat
    The Immigration-Focused Labour Market Profiles project will generate labour market data to educate employers, stakeholders and communities on the benefits of hiring newcomers while reducing barriers such as perceptions of lack of language proficiency or different education standards.

    City of St. Albert Economic Development
    The St. Albert Workforce Development Project will host 2 job fairs to address the hospitality and professional services sectors, and 2 to address the construction, trades and manufacturing sectors. These events will connect local employers to qualified job seekers and gather information on sector skill gaps.

    Community Futures Grande Prairie and Region
    The Hyper Drive Women in Business Summit will help women business owners and employers learn about effective recruitment and retention techniques and develop networks with other business owners and stakeholders to help them build strong recruitment and retention plans for their businesses.

    Community Futures Peace Country
    The PowerUp! Forum in Falher will provide employers with tools, resources and networking opportunities to connect and learn successful strategies to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as deal with current issues around supply chain and employee shortages.

    Community Futures Peace Country
    The Women in the North Project will hold 5 events in rural communities in northwestern Alberta. Events will provide information and support on recruitment and retention strategies, increase employer awareness of how to support staff, provide networking opportunities, develop leadership skills and increase the capacity of employers to build an adaptable labour force.

    Community Futures Wild Rose
    The Wild Rose Workforce Strategy Project will help build regional workforce partnerships, conduct a regional labour market study and develop a workforce strategy to guide long-term cross-sector collaboration to respond effectively to labour market changes.

    Community Futures Yellowhead East
    The Regional Business Support Network (BSN) – Labour Market Attraction & Retention Partnership Project will conduct industry engagement sessions and a speaker series, as well as develop regional industry-specific tool kits to support workforce attraction, retention, development and engagement. The goal is to support employers in filling an increased number of vacant positions.

    Drayton Valley and District Chamber of Commerce
    The Drayton Valley Career, Job & Training Expo will connect job seekers and employers in the Drayton Valley area and provide employers with resources, information, and tools for how to attract and retain workers.

    Edmonton Chamber of Commerce
    The Summit on the Aging Workforce will increase employer awareness of the value of hiring and retaining older workers in their organizations. There will be a focus on policy, information and tools to help employers address the needs of older workers.

    FML Studios Inc./Careers in Technology and Innovation
    The Growing Calgary Tech Labour Force: The Technology Talent Impact Series will host 4 employer events to increase awareness of the tech ecosystem, strengthen collaboration in the tech ecosystem, and help bridge the gap between talent and employers.

    Fort Saskatchewan and District Chamber of Commerce
    The Indigenous Cultural Awareness session will educate employers on inclusive, psychologically safe workplace practices for Indigenous employees with the goal of encouraging Indigenous workforce development and participation.

    Grande Prairie and District Chamber of Commerce
    The Regional Labour Attraction & Retention Marketing Tool Development project will conduct stakeholder engagement, research and community ecosystem mapping to develop a regional quality of life asset bank. This tool will help employers attract and retain talent.

    Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce
    The Welcoming Workplace Series will provide speaker sessions on employee attraction and retention strategies including supporting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) with a focus on underrepresented groups. Employers will enhance their knowledge of attraction, retention and DEI best practices.

    Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce
    The Greater Parkland Regional Chamber of Commerce Career/Job Fairs will host 2 career/job fairs, one with a focus on light/heavy industry and one with a focus on small business. The fairs will enable job creators to increase employment through attraction initiatives.

    Jasper Employment and Education Centre
    The Jasper Employment and Education Centre (JEEC) will conduct a labour market study to provide a comprehensive assessment of the challenges and opportunities facing the local labour market, as well as recommendations to improve the labour outlook unique to Jasper and help local employers with labour attraction, recruitment and retention.

    Lethbridge Economic Development Initiative Society
    The Automation and Manufacturing Workforce Research Project will review the impacts of automation on the local workforce, identify skill gaps and assess demand for training within the sector to improve regional workforce planning.

    LINKages Society of Alberta
    The Youth Labour Assessment Project will assess the skills, awareness, training and supports needed to encourage young adult workers to pursue employment in senior care and community settings. Workforce development and labour market strategies will be developed from the results to create an intergenerational outreach program.

    Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce
    The Lloydminster and Region Job Fair will connect local employers to qualified job seekers. Information will also be gathered on the types and number of jobs filled from the event and the skills that employers are struggling to find among job seekers.

    Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce
    The Lloydminster Business Education Forum will host sessions for employers equipping them with the tools and knowledge to rethink how they recruit, retain and build a resilient workforce, including mental health and coping mechanisms and the benefits and strategies of hiring underrepresented groups.

    Red Deer Polytechnic
    The Career Expo/Career Fair will provide employers an opportunity to recruit employees and educate a future workforce, while promoting their jobs and organizations. The fair will also provide students and community members with hands-on opportunities to explore career options.

    SouthGrow Regional Initiative
    The Southwest Alberta Graduate Retention Strategy research project will gather labour market information to develop a regional graduate and newcomer retention strategy and explore ways to keep graduates employed locally.

    Strathcona County
    The Strathcona County Youth Employment Workshops and Hiring Fair project will aim to address a shortage of low-skilled workers by connecting youth to employers. This project was in direct response to needs identified in Strathcona County’s recent community labour market study.

    Sturgeon County
    The Sturgeon County Regional Business Support event will inform employers about changes in the labour force and strategies to attract and retain workers from untapped labour pools.

    Town of Canmore
    The Labour Market Recruitment and Retention Strategy for Canmore will be used to understand the current labour market and opportunities to promote recruitment and retention best practices in anticipation of labour pressures as the economy, in particular travel, recovers from the pandemic.

    Town of Hinton
    The Business Support Network (BSN) & Speaker Series project will build employer leadership capacity and change management skills, as well as support resiliency among employers facing changing economic conditions and labour market challenges.

    Town of Whitecourt
    The Career and Education EXPO/Job Fair project will support regional workforce recovery by connecting employers to the diverse and skilled workers they need to build a resilient workforce, with a focus on under-represented groups. The fair will also connect attendees to programs and services that can assist with up-skilling to meet workforce gaps.

    Vermillion and District Chamber of Commerce
    The Vermilion Mental Health & Wellness Symposium will be a one-day event to help employees and employers learn strategies on how to cope with mental health challenges, access mental health resources and become a more resilient workforce.

    Whitecourt and District Chamber of Commerce
    The Whitecourt Economic Forum 2022 will be a one-day event to provide employers with tools, information, resources, and best practices to attract and retain workers, reduce turnover, and lessen the average time it takes to hire a new worker.

  • 2021-22 grant recipients

    Alberta Biotechnology Association o/a BioAlberta
    A first time labour market intelligence study focused specifically on Alberta’s pharmaceutical and life sciences sector.

    Alberta Chambers of Commerce
    Talent Development Task Force project will align post-secondary programming and labour market needs to propel economic recovery.

    Alberta Construction Association
    This Regional Workforce Retention pilot will address the shortage of skilled workers in smaller centres in Alberta’s construction industry by piloting regional worker exchanges to retain skilled workers facing unemployment due to the project based nature of construction. The pilot will begin in Medicine Hat and Grande Prairie followed by Fort McMurray, Lethbridge, Lloydminster and Red Deer.

    Alberta Motor Transport Association
    Beyond Licencing: Pathways to Commercial Truck Driving for Inexperienced Drivers addresses labour market challenges in the industry by raising awareness about employment opportunities in trucking. The project will identify pathways to employers willing to hire newly-licensed, inexperienced truck drivers and offer employers tools to hire new drivers.

    ARETE Safety and Protection Inc.
    A Restriction Exemption Program (REP) Training Grant that provides safety training to Alberta employers and employees who are implementing REP, or other COVID-19 safety requirements.

    Calgary Economic Development
    Alberta’s Screen-based Production Sector Labour Market Study – Calgary Economic Development and Edmonton Screen Industries Office will conduct a Labour Market Scan of Alberta's film industry, and, based on the results of the research, develop a Workforce Action Plan to grow the film industry's workforce.

    Canadian Apprenticeship Forum (CAF)
    Return on Training Investment (ROTI) calculates the return on training investment for Alberta employers who invest in apprenticeship for three in-demand trades. This project will assess actual costs and quantify the associated benefits and impacts from an employer perspective.

    Canadian Association of Geophysical Contractors (CAGC)
    This Seismic Sector Labour Market Research study identifies the sector's critical human resource issues, provides a complete understanding of recruitment and retention issues, and assesses effective strategies to support recruitment and retention. The study will also examine current workforce demand as well as training and/or re-training issues.

    CEPA Foundation
    The Development of Resources for Environmental Inspection develops an occupation profile and career roadmap for environmental construction inspection.

    Edmonton Flying Club
    This Pilot Pipeline Project will create a pipeline of career-ready pilots to meet the hiring needs of partners.

    Edmonton Metropolitan Region Economic Development Company o/a Edmonton Global
    A Hydrogen Labour Market Research Project that maps the current state capacity and capability of the potential hydrogen labour market in Alberta, explores optimal future state, and determines the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for workers and organizations to address gaps, leverage opportunities, and effectively transition into the new hydrogen economy.

    Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC)
    This project will develop an online Peer Learning Hub that brings together human resource practitioners to build industry and employer capacity to increase and enhance workforce participation of newcomers, youth, Indigenous peoples, women, mature workers, and people living with a disability.

    Elevate Aviation Ltd.
    The Virtual Reality Career Insight Project addresses industry labour market needs by taking commonly recognized careers and demonstrating how they can be reimagined as careers inside the aviation industry.

    Energy Safety Canada o/a PetroLMI
    Diversity and Inclusion in the Energy Workforce is a project that supports employer efforts to expand the composition and numbers of their workforce through attraction and retention initiatives with the focus on diversity and inclusion.

    Environmental Careers Organization of Canada
    Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Alberta’s Growing Environmental Workforce will produce, disseminate, and encourage the use of demographic data to help diversify Alberta's environmental workforce by developing information resources. Resources include baseline or benchmarking data, best practices and employer listings.

    Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) of Canada Inc.
    The Driving Innovation and Growth in Rural Alberta study will assist in understanding emerging labour market and skill needs in rural Alberta, driven by increasing digitization across industries.

    Retail Council of Canada
    A Retail Labour Market Study that answers questions related to labour market supply and demand, labour and skills gaps, successful worker attraction and retention approaches and workforce planning to ensure the labour market can sustain the industry going forward.

    Supply Chain Management Association
    Supply Chain Trends: Adopting Digitization and Its Impact on Skills will research and analyze labour market trends within the Alberta supply chain sector and its value chains as they relate to three key economic sectors: energy and cleantech, aviation and logistics, and agriculture. The project will also promote and heighten awareness of current labour market needs.

    Western Retail Lumber Association (WRLA)
    A first time labour market intelligence study focused on Alberta’s retail forest products/building construction/supply subsector. The project will also identify skills gaps to attract diverse labour pools into the industry, thereby supporting small communities across Alberta.

    Wood Manufacturing Council
    Wood Industry Career Awareness Campaign for Newcomers/Equity Groups will coordinate with Alberta woodworking industry stakeholders to prepare, develop and undertake an initial implementation of a career awareness campaign to attract workforce participation of target groups, including newcomers, Indigenous people, youth, women and mature workers.

  • 2020-21 grant recipients

    Alberta Information and Communications Technology Council
    The Technology Alberta FIRST (First Industry Research, Science, Technology companies) Job Program will secure an additional 100 part-time positions at 100 Alberta small to medium technology enterprises for job seekers who are currently unemployed or under-employed. The intent is to have some of these jobs become permanent over time, and help Alberta small to medium technology enterprises grow.

    Alberta Recreation and Parks Association
    COVID-19 Labour Implications for the Alberta Parks and Recreation Industry will capture the short and long-term implications of COVID-19 on the recreation and parks labour force including layoffs, rehires, and redeployment measures. It will include case studies showcasing strategies and techniques utilized by organizations to revitalize their workforce.

    Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation
    Supply chain and logistics diversity and inclusion – multi-day employer workshops, career day, networking between job seekers and employers; followed up with in-depth corporate diversity and inclusion sessions.

    Chic Geek
    Chic Geek is developing an online human resources tool to support mid-career women in technology to remain in the industry. The project will also position women to move into senior roles by providing connections to micro-mentoring, which will provide more visibility to career paths and advancement.

    Connect Partnerships Group Ltd.
    Project will deliver a series of 3 virtual workshop days focusing on increasing the skills of Alberta employers to hire and retain an Indigenous workforce. Workshops will be followed by a round table that will educate Indigenous communities and agencies emerging employment trends to guide future training.

    Electricity Human Resources Canada

    Project 1

    Workforce Transitions: Tourism to Electricity has 2 national sector councils collaborating to develop an Alberta focused career exploration resource that will help the unemployed tourism workforce to identify career paths and required skills to work in the electricity sector.

    Project 2

    Project will support the transition of graduating students from colleges and universities into opportunities in Alberta’s electricity sector by raising awareness of jobs in Alberta’s electricity and renewable energy industries.

    Elevate Aviation
    Diversity in Aviation – COVID-19 Workforce Recovery Plan is focusing on a COVID-19 workforce recovery action plan to prepare for future employment opportunities in order to meet industry’s recruitment needs. It will also focus on increasing the workforce participation of women and Indigenous people.

    Environmental Careers Organization Canada (ECO Canada)

    Project 1

    Project will solidify an energy efficiency for building sector workforce strategy for Alberta, grow the sector's labour pool and develop, pilot and disseminate a talent attraction and management toolkit of best practices, resources and supports explicitly curated for small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) within Alberta's building sector.

    Project 2

    Advancing Green Jobs and Supporting Workforce Resiliency in Alberta will result in an Alberta-focused report that highlights occupational employment estimates and hiring forecasts for roles in natural resource management, and environmental goods and services sector. It will also include a green talent strategy for Alberta, highlighting workforce attraction, retention and development considerations.

    Indigenous Tourism Alberta
    Indigenous Tourism Alberta is undertaking a labour market study specific to Alberta Indigenous tourism. Due to COVID-19, the need for this type of data has increased – specifically around understanding the barriers, opportunities and trends in order to develop strategies to grow the Indigenous tourism workforce.

    Information and Communications Technology Council

    Project 1

    Resilient Digital-Led Diversification for a Post-COVID Alberta will research COVID-19’s impact on the overall digital economy to provide a detailed understanding of upcoming in-demand jobs, skill needs and training pathways, and opportunities for investment attraction via digitization and diversification.

    Project 2

    Job matching, online career fair, placement and retention, selection and recruitment tools and workshops.

    Next Gen Men
    Gender Diversity in the Tech Industry; focusing on men (from C suite down) to become stakeholders/advocates in gender equality, thereby increasing overall attraction and retention of woman.

    Organic Alberta in partnership with Young Agrarians
    Growing a Workforce for Farming in Alberta will increase the number of skilled individuals in the agriculture workforce, either as employees for existing companies or as entrepreneurs launching their own agri-business.


    Project 1

    PetroLMI is undertaking a project to identify employment opportunities in well closure and reclamation, and profile the key occupations, skills and aptitudes required. The project will also include a supply and demand analysis to ensure we have the workforce needed to complete this work before Federal funding commitment deadlines.

    Project 2

    Project will provide renewed attraction and awareness of available occupations within Alberta’s oil and gas services subsector. This will re-attract experienced workers and attract new workers into the sector.

    Supply Chain Management Association o/a Supply Chain Canada
    HR tools to improve recruitment, benchmark employees, gain competencies, internal career advancement, identify skills gaps to create learning paths for development and retention.

    Trucking HR Canada
    Commercial Truck Driver: Labour Market Information Project will assess the state of the trucking and logistics labour market in Alberta and identify occupations with labour shortages. It will also identify solutions to mitigate the threat of future labour shortages, and create a labour market information database.

    Labour Market Information for Truck Transportation in Alberta’s Forestry Sector will assess the factors that impact the labour market for these workers and examine the patterns and trends of employment, unemployment, and vacancies in this specialized workforce. It aims to identify key points of cooperation and collaboration with the broader transport truck driver labour market to support more stable employment opportunities for these workers and encouraging new entrants to the occupation.

    Women in Communications and Technology
    The Talent Advancement Program will share HR best practices among Alberta technology, including tools to support and expand gender diversity.