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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.
- 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
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.
Priorities for 2021-22
2021-22 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.
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
- The 2021-22 proposal application period has closed.
- The 2022-23 Expression of Interest application period is expected to open late summer to early fall 2022.
The bulk of industry and sector funding is allocated through a call for proposal period.
During a call for proposal for industry and sector projects, an organization must first submit an Expression of Interest. An organization can submit only one Expression of Interest for consideration. Only complete Expression of Interest applications will be considered.
Projects will be evaluated on how closely they meet project criteria and align with the priorities of the grant. Grant funding is limited and not every Expression of Interest will receive funding.
Forms and supporting application documents for industry and sector projects will be available on this page in time for the next call for proposals.
For more information on industry and sector projects, contact an Industry Workforce Partnership Officer at [email protected]
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.
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.
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 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
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 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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
2019-20 grant recipients
Alberta Veterinary Medical Association
The Labour Market Information Study project is a workforce study and labour development plan to:
- assist the veterinary industry’s ability to understand the critical workforce shortage
- help shape the short-term and long-term strategies required to fill the industry’s workforce needs
- build industry capacity to increase and enhance the workforce participation of newcomers.
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters
A workforce study and labour development plan to assess the size and composition of the existing workforce and identify vulnerabilities in the sector workforce and make recommendations to help manufacturers increase capacity, productivity and workforce resiliency.
Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN)
Labour Market Assessment and Outlook for Alberta’s Emerging Clean Tech Sector will develop a labour market outlook for the emerging clean tech sector, supporting Alberta’s hydrocarbon industry and build an industry-led strategy to close workforce gaps. This will help ensure a supply of skilled talent aligned to business needs.
Electricity Human Resources Canada
Preparing Alberta’s Electricity Workforce for Change will support Alberta’s electricity employers to establish and promote an integrated approach to workforce and talent management, by developing comprehensive online succession planning and implementation tools.
Creating Balance: Increasing Women and Indigenous Participation in Aviation will work to address several workforce issues in the aviation industry, including gender diversity, Indigenous employment needs and industry shortages. The project will help create linkages between industry and Albertans.
Information and Communications Technology Council
Mapping Newcomers to Top Opportunities in Alberta’s Digital economy will assess the skills and competencies of relevant internationally educated professionals. It will provide an understanding of skills that match and upskilling requirements in relation to the province’s most in-demand digital jobs.
Exploring the Skills and Competencies in Demand in Alberta’s Petrochemicals and Refining Sectors will expand PetroLMI’s Career Explorer tool on CareersinOilandGas.com to incorporate 15 occupations within petrochemicals and refining. It will connect careers and opportunities available in emerging sectors in Alberta with a transferable supply pool of talent through the CareersinOilandGas.com Job Board.
Trucking HR Canada
Working on the Gap builds capacity amongst industry employers to recruit and retain newcomers, youth, Indigenous people, women and other under-represented groups, and leadership capacity for women. The project will deliver an on-line HR gap analysis tools, recruitment and retention workshops and a Women with Drive event.
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