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Overview

Workforce Partnerships ensures working Albertans continue to enhance their skills to contribute to Alberta’s economic growth or respond to skills shortages through industry and community partnerships.

Labour Market Partnerships

The Labour Market Partnerships (LMP) program supports workplace human resource development and labour market adjustment strategies through community partnerships.

It is designed to develop and support projects with groups, organizations, industry sectors and communities with common labour market needs.

Examples of LMP program activities include:

  • research and analysis of labour market trends
  • developing strategic plans 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

LMP project requirements

LMP projects must:

  • be submitted to Alberta Labour in the form of a written proposal
  • support activities which address a labour market need
  • include a minimum of 3 partners that are prepared to contribute to the project
  • be finite, project-specific objectives and include outcomes that can be achieved within the confines of the grant and not rely on future funding

LMP projects must not:

  • create a long-term funding dependency
  • have Alberta Labour as the primary recipient of goods and services
  • duplicate information or education products already available in the community
  • include direct service delivery to individual clients
  • market or direct clients to provincial or federal programs
  • address union-management collective bargaining issues
  • assist employers, associations, training institutions and communities to develop their infrastructure and/or to cover day-to-day operational costs
  • support an educational institution in determining its training needs or developing its curriculum
  • assist business and industry in research related to new products or product development
  • provide funding to cover employee training costs

More information on the LMP program and what types of projects will be considered, can be found in the LMP program policy.

Project proposal requirements

A written proposal from interested parties must be submitted to Alberta Labour for all LMP projects.

Where possible, proposals should clearly outline the following information:

  • project objective
  • scope and purpose of the project
  • duration of the project
  • proposed deliverables, that is, what activities or services will be implemented with the proposed funds
  • proposed outcomes along with how they will be evaluated and reported
  • total cost of the project including the requested contribution
  • a list of all partners involved with the project
  • a breakdown of the contributions from each partner (financial and in-kind)
  • detailed information on how the project will sustain and not be reliant on future grants for success
  • a communications plan detailing how the information will be shared with the community or industry sector
  • risk management strategies
  • ability to carry out the project
  • any relevant documentation that supports the need for the project

Submit a project proposal

To submit a proposal or get more information on developing a proposal, reach out to one of the contacts below.

Regional proposals

Contact a Workforce Consultant in your region.

Industry and sector provincewide proposals

Learn more about our call for proposals for industry, sector, or provincewide projects.

Email an Industry Workforce Partnership Officer at [email protected].

Indigenous proposals

For more information on how to apply for Indigenous LMPs, contact an Indigenous Partnership Coordinator directly at [email protected].

Program priorities

2021-22

Support Industry, sector and regional job creation and workforce recovery

  • Encourage workforce development in a variety of foundational and emerging sectors of a diversified 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/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.

Grant recipients

Successful applicants of 2021-22 grants will be posted in spring 2022.

  • 2020-21 successful 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.

    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.

    ECO Canada

    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.

    Electricity Human Resources Canada

    Workforce Transitions: Tourism to Electricity has two 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.

    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.

    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.

    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

    PetroLMI is undertaking a project to identify employment opportunities in well closure and reclamation andprofile 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.

    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 successful 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 and to build industry capacity to increase and enhance the workforce participation of newcomers.

    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.

    Elevate Aviation

    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.

    PetroLMI

    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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