Workforce Strategy

 
 
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Agency:

Rural Development Branch
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

For Further Information Contact:

Tel: 403-556-4245 Fax: 403-556-7545
Web: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$Department/deptdocs.nsf/All/agp14322
Email: scott.dundas@gov.ab.ca
 
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  Retention | Productivity improvement | Workforce partnership programs | Agri-Industry Workforce Development Initiative Main Page

Funding may be available to help your business with its human resource challenges. Check out the grants below for more information. 2016 – 2017 Workforce Grants are now available.

The Agri-Industry Workforce Development Initiative provides assistance to address specific workforce issues in agricultural production and agri-processing sectors. Financial assistance is provided to assist Alberta’s agri-business managers to:

  • reduce worker turnover;
  • recruit workers outside of Alberta; and
  • assess and adopt technologies and processes which will increase worker productivity.
Retention Improvement Grant

The Retention Grant provides assistance for employers to contract consultants to review, improve and develop retention strategies in order to reduce worker turnover and address workforce stability.
  • Eligible Activities: Human Resource expertise to identify and coach on retention strategy development, retention improvements and supervisory training.
  • Eligible Expenses: Consulting fees paid to a third-party consultant to complete eligible activities.
  • Funding: 80 percent of eligible expenses incurred by an approved applicant upon completion of the approved activities to a maximum of $25,000 per applicant in the fiscal year April 2016 to March 2017.
  • Reporting Requirements. A copy of the consultant’s completed report, a report prepared by the project manager outlining the results of the project, and any other information requested by the Minister.
Please contact Gerard Bos at 780-980-4222 or gerard.bos@gov.ab.ca for more details. Productivity Improvement Grant

The Workforce Productivity Improvement Grant provides assistance to agri-processing and agricultural production companies to assess and adopt new technologies and processes that improve worker productivity.
  • Eligible Activities:
    1) Expertise to identify and provide coaching on production process improvements; and
    2) Expertise to identify and provide coaching on environmental process improvements.
  • Eligible Expenses: Consulting fees paid to a third-party consultant to complete the eligible activities.
  • Funding: 80 percent of eligible expenses incurred by a successful applicant upon completion of the approved project to a maximum of $25,000 per applicant in the fiscal year April 2016 to March 2017.
  • Reporting Requirements: A copy of the consultant’s completed report, a report prepared by the project manager outlining the results of the project, and any other information requested by the Minister.
For more information on the Productivity Improvement Initiative, click here.
Please contact Gerard Bos at 780-980-4222 or gerard.bos@gov.ab.ca for more details.
Workforce Partnerships

The purpose of Workforce Partnerships is to ensure working Albertans continue to enhance their skills in order to contribute to Alberta’s economic growth or to respond to skills shortages through industry and community partnerships.

This Program is intended to assist employer groups, organizations, industry sectors and municipalities with common labour market needs.

Click here for more information on Workforce Partnerships like the Labour Market Partnertships (LMP) program or the Workforce Attraction and Retention Partnerships (ARP) program.

 
 
 
 
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Last Reviewed/Revised on July 12, 2016.