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As part of Alberta at Work, Workforce Strategies grants support organizations with innovative solutions that will help Albertans develop new skills and assist employers and industry to grow their workforce.

Grant recipients

2022-2023 grant recipients

Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers

The Culinary Skills Training Program for Newcomers combines essential workplace and occupational-based skills and access to the labour market for unemployed or marginally employed participants. The program will enable newcomers to familiarize themselves with the norms and expectations of Canadian food service workplaces while developing and applying their skills during a mentored work exposure in the industry.

Contact: Mikayla Stevens
Phone: 780-423-9509 or 780-424-7709
Email: [email protected]

Prospect Human Services Society

The Long-Term Unemployment and the Shifting Labour Market Program is a partnership between Prospect Human Services Society (Prospect) and the Alberta Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA). The project will address long-term unemployment through an industry partnership designed to deliver a multi-pronged, integrated workplace learning and employability skill development program, while simultaneously demonstrating an alternate pathway for the hospitality industry to address labour shortages.

Contact: Eman Vulas, Program Manager
Phone: 403-542-7916 (direct) or 1-877-483-2562 (main line)

NorQuest College

The Streamlining Employability in the Supply Chain Sector through Prior Learning and Assessment Recognition (PLAR) Program will provide participants who have supply chain experience with the support they need for successful job market attachment. The project supports the near-ready pool of candidates who do not need training in supply chain fundamentals and instead would benefit from soft skills development and other support to overcome the barriers preventing them from landing employment. This program will have a series of online, Supply Chain Canada - validated PLAR competency assessments that will build on known aspects for success in the industry. Personalized upskilling plans, career coach support and work experience will also be included and will help fast-track participants to careers in supply chain.

Contact: Zeina Sleiman, Project Manager
Phone: 780-999-3813
Email: [email protected]

Portage College

The Class 3 Driving to Work Program will provide Class 3 driver training, safety and workplace certifications, and employment skills training to participants. The program will support regional learners experiencing long-term unemployment and those seeking to change career pathways to meet local, regional, and provincial labour market demands. Instruction will take place at Lac La Biche, Cold Lake, and St. Paul campuses with an emphasis on serving equity deserving groups.

Contact: Portage College
Phone: 780-623-5631
Email: [email protected]

NorQuest College

The Virtual Reality (VR) Soft Skills Training Program will provide rapid critical upskilling through tailored VR simulations designed to build and refine the soft skills needed to succeed in today’s workplace. Participants will include students nearing the completion of their program, the public who are unemployed and looking for work, and employers wanting to improve their HR skills and methods. The program also plans to expand to rural areas of the province once established at Norquest’s main campus in Edmonton.

Contact: Gail Kesslar
Phone: 1-833-405-9919
Email: [email protected]
Website: Virtual reality soft skills training

Indian Resource Council (IRC)

The Environmental Monitoring and Drone Technology Certificate Program will train First Nation Participants in Indigenous communities to effectively manage, conduct, design, and report on environmental monitoring to meet the critical shortage of environmental monitors and technicians in the reclamation, remediation, and restoration of thousands of well sites on 32 First Nations across Alberta. This certified training will also allow individuals to obtain transferable skills to work for Indigenous-owned entities and other services companies that employ trained personnel to provide services to local industries, including forestry, mining, power utilities, oil and gas, construction, and agriculture. IRC will partner with the Yellowhead Tribal College in Edmonton and Red Crow Community College in Standoff. The training will help participants develop their employability skills, obtain hands-on work experience, pursue green careers, and connect with local and regional environmental service companies while incorporating traditional Indigenous teachings.

Contact: Winona Lafreniere, Project Manager
National Energy Business Centre of Excellence
Indian Resource Council
Phone: 403-483-3120
Email: [email protected]

Being Human Services

The Newcomer Pathways to Success Program is targeted to unemployed or marginally employed newcomers with a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) level ranging from 4-7 who have completed or have not attended Language Instruction for Newcomers program (LINC). The program will provide skill building, (including ESL) and workplace connection to the Tourism and Hospitality sectors leading to employment. Participants will build their employability and essential skills specific to the targeted sectors. Occupational training will be delivered via classroom, a simulated workplace environment via WonderTech, short courses, and work experience opportunities. Participants will benefit from a supported job search connecting them to employment and receive ongoing support for three months after placement.

Contact: Being Human Services
Phone: 403-580-3338
Email: [email protected]
In person: 222 South Railway Street SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta
Website: Being Human Services

Inception U Educational Foundation Ltd

The Tech Adjacent Development Program will provide training for in-demand tech-adjacent roles including Growth Marketing, Lean Sales, Customer Success, Solution Sales, Full Stack Design and Low Code/No Code Training. The program will focus on underrepresented groups, such as youth, women, Indigenous peoples, newcomers, racialized communities, older worker, LGBTQ2S+ and persons with disabilities.

Contact: Inception U
Email: [email protected]
Website: InceptionU

ReSkill Calgary

The PathwayPro program will connect internationally trained newcomer professionals with a tech background to jobs in the tech sector within Alberta. The participants will acquire experience building software products, enhance their tech portfolios, receive personalized coaching, and attend group workshops on essential competencies, soft skills, and future-of-work readiness. The program will be a 13-week part-time, virtual program.

Contact: ReSkill Calgary
Phone: 780-729-2639

Higher Landing

The Women Rising Program offers unemployed Alberta female professionals an intensive blend of professional and personal development, coaching, and mentorship. This results-driven initiative will close critical employment gaps and barriers faced by female professionals in advancing their careers. Participants will network with female professionals; build a compelling personal brand and market themselves to decision makers and leverage participant’s skills to explore new job opportunities and re-enter the workforce after a period of unemployment.

Contact: Higher Landing
Phone: 1-888-973-6040
Email: [email protected]
Website: Women Rising Program

Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

Growing and Supporting Diversity in the Recreation and Parks Labour Force will develop and implement tailored attraction and retention strategies for equity-deserving groups to support career pathing opportunities, training, professional development, mentorship and work experience to improve employment success and advancement within the sector. The project will also work with employers to ensure that their workplaces are safe and welcoming and ready to support equity-deserving groups by developing and sharing resources, toolkits and education focused on employer policies, processes, and procedures.

Contact: Alberta Recreation & Parks Association
Email: [email protected]
Website: Alberta Recreation & Parks Association

Trucking HR Canada

HR Connects: Growing the HR capacity of Alberta’s Trucking and Logistics companies will address the trucking and logistics industry’s labour needs, with a focus on supporting employers in their efforts to build diverse, equitable and inclusive workspaces.

Contact: Trucking HR Canada
Email: [email protected]
Website: Trucking HR Canada

Tolko Industries Limited

The Tolko Youth Works Development Program will support the development of skills for Indigenous youth in occupations that have seen an increase in automation and digitization within the forestry sector. The program provides a seven-week paid work experience opportunity for youth to develop occupational and professional skills, essential skills training and build economic capacity.

Contact: Sherri Roger
Email: [email protected]

Eligible projects

The Workforce Strategies grant has 3 streams. Each stream has different activities and outcomes. Eligible applicants could apply to the following:

  1. Skills Development Stream – to support the re-skilling of unemployed Albertans by providing training and/or services resulting in new skills development and employment. 
  2. Regional and Employer-Focused Stream – to support region or employer-led projects that address regional workforce challenges.
  3. Industry-Focused Stream – to support industry-led projects that address provincial workforce needs.


For information on industry, regional and Indigenous grants, see Workforce Partnerships.