Workforce Strategy

 
 
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Program Information
 
 
 

Agency:

Rural Development Division
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
 
Downloadable Forms
2015 - 2016 Program Application with Terms and Conditions 123K
 

 
Program Details
 
 
  Retention | Recruitment | 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. 2014 – 2015 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: 50 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 2013 to March 2014.
  • 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.

Recruitment Grant

The Recruitment Grant provides travel assistance for employers and associations, recruiting on behalf of the agriculture and food industry, to recruit workers outside of Alberta, including other countries to address workforce stability.
  • Eligible Activities: Participation in domestic job fairs outside of Alberta or international recruitment missions to interview and select workers.
  • Eligible Expenses: Travel expenses based on economy airfare including travel insurance and airport fees, not including GST. The per diem rates are $400 per person per day in foreign countries and $200 per person per day in Canada.
  • Funding: 50 percent of eligible travel expenses incurred by a successful applicant upon completion of the approved activities to a maximum of $25,000 per applicant in the fiscal year April 2013 to March 2014.
  • Reporting Requirements: Documentation detailing flight departure and arrival dates and times, a one page report indicating recruitment trip results, and any other information requested by the Minister.
Please contact Scott Dundas, Labour Recruitment Manager at 403 556 4245 or scott.dundas@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) Lean manufacturing expertise to identify and provide coaching on process improvements;
    2)Automation expertise to identify process improvements, technology and automation options and analyze costs and productivity impacts; or
    3) “Lean and green” expertise to identify and provide coaching on productivity improvements combined with environmentally sustainable business management practices.
  • 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 2013 to March 2014.
  • 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 Programs
These Programs are intended to assist employer groups, organizations, industry sectors and municipalities with common labour market needs.

The Labour Market Partnerships (LMP) program supports workplace human resource development and labour market adjustment strategies through community partnerships. The LMP Program is designed to develop and support projects with groups, organizations, industry sectors, and communities with common labour market needs.

The Workforce Attraction and Retention Partnerships (ARP) program assists employers and employer associations take timely and direct action to attract and retain workers.

 
 
 
 
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Last Reviewed/Revised on August 5, 2015.