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Great People = Growing Profits
A useful toolkit created for employers and designed to address labour shortage issues by explaining key elements employees are looking for.

Studies and Research

Alberta Agri-Workforce Satisfaction Survey Summary - 2015
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, together with R.A. Malatest & Associates, completed a report that measures and establishes the degree of workplace satisfaction with regards to employment in food processing and primary agriculture in Alberta. For a complete copy of the summary report, click here.

Perceptions of Careers in Agriculture Executive Summary - 2016
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, together with MDB Insight and Forum Research Inc., completed a study that examines Albertans' perceptions of careers in food processing and primary agriculture. For a complete copy of the summary report, click here.

Human Services

Business & Industry
Information such as the latest labour market information including labour force statistics, wage surveys and labour market outlook.

Employer Toolkit
This toolkit contains a listing of the publications, information, and services available to employers to Inform, Attract, Develop, and Retain the right people.
Edmonton: 780-422-4266 Toll Free: 1-800-661-3753 Email:

Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council – AgriHR Toolkit
This for-purchase toolkit is designed for agriculture and offers everything you need to improve your people-management skills and develop key resources to help you find, retain, and support your employees.

Human Resources Management for Farm Business – Manitoba, Food and Rural Initiatives
Includes a ‘how-to manual’ with ideas and exercises to help you build and implement a strong plan for your farm, whether you employ family members or other individuals. The guide explains the process of building an effective HR plan that can reduce risk, reduce turnover and improve the quality of people you hire. Case studies use real-life examples to show how farms have successfully worked through common issues.

Human Resources – Smart Farm BC
Managing productivity, relationships, roles and responsibilities.

Additional Information and Resources

Information for Employers
Information about hiring, developing a settlement plan and the immigration process for employers and newcomers seeking work in Alberta. For more information on hiring foreign workers, call the Immigrate to Alberta Information Service line at 1-877-427-6419.

Employment Standards
Edmonton: 780-427-3731 Toll Free: 310-0000
Information about employees' and employers' rights and responsibilities in the workplace.

Workplace Health and Safety
Edmonton: 780-415-8690 Toll Free: 1-866-415-8690
Information on employees' and employers' safety obligations in the workplace.

Language Assessment and Training
Find out about English proficiency tests, and learn how you can improve your English language skills.

Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program/Temporary Foreign Worker Information Line
Edmonton: 780-427-6419 Toll Free: 1-877-427-6419

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This information published to the web on August 21, 2012.
Last Reviewed/Revised on June 6, 2018.