The following information is designed to present practical tools and resources for employers to assist in the recruitment, integration and retention of employees.

Alberta Employer Toolkit

This Toolkit contains a comprehensive listing of the information and services available to employers. It is divided into sections based on the kind of assistance an employer is looking for, with brief summaries of each items or program provided.

Alberta Learning Information Service Publications

At this site you can order or download print publications to obtain quick and easy access to career planning, learning, employment and labour market information. Also available is a series on Human Resource Strategies for Employers. The current, well-researched and easy-to-understand resources are, for the most part, available free of charge in Alberta.

Alberta 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.

Building and Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce

Building and Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce is the Alberta government’s 10-year labour force strategy. Priority actions and strategies that were created after extensive consultations with business and industry, professional and labour organizations, education and training providers and Aboriginal groups.

Hireimmigrants is a comprehensive website designed to assist employers in hiring skilled immigrants, providing a variety of information, resources and tools and links. Highlights include cultural competency videos and an interactive Road Map to assist employers in the recruitment and retention of skilled immigrants.

Information for Employers

Alberta attracts job seeking newcomers from around the world. This influx of potential workers creates new opportunities for Alberta employers to find the right people for the job.

There are programs available both at the provincial and federal level for Alberta employers considering hiring foreign labour for their companies. The Ministry administers the How to Hire Foreign Workers Seminars to help Alberta employers connect with and retain foreign workers.

For more information on hiring foreign workers, call the Immigrate to Alberta Information Service at 1‑877‑427‑6419.

Labour Market Information

Information provided by Government of Alberta, this site helps one to learn to evaluate the impact of demographic, technological change and globalization on work and learning opportunities. Discover where to access reliable labour market information and how to connect with further information and resources.

NorQuest College Centre for Excellence in Intercultural Education

The Centre for Excellence in Intercultural Education offers intercultural training for organizations and employers. The training for Canadian-born employees will enhance intercultural competence in the workplace and in organizational contexts.

The Business Link

The Business Link is a not-for-profit organization supported by the Government of Canada (through Western Economic Diversification) and the Government of Alberta (through Finance and Enterprise). While most services are free, a small fee may apply to certain publications, seminars and other enhanced services.

The Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers

The Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) is a national non-profit partnership of employer recruiters and career services professionals. The mission is to provide authoritative information, advice, professional development opportunities and other services to employers, career services professionals, and students.

The Work and Learning Network

The Work and Learning Network is a community of individuals and organizations that has come together to engage in research related to work and learning policy and practice. The Network has a Western Canadian focus and the members of the Network are interested in issues relating to diversity, equity and workplace reform.

Additional resources

The following websites are additional resources for employers to assist them in workforce planning as well as in the recruitment, integration and retention of employees.

Alberta Wage & Salary Information

The 2009 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey covers over 400 occupations and provides information on wages and salaries for full-time and part-time employees in Alberta by occupation, geographic area and industry group. The Survey can help Albertans make career and education plans and help organizations determine pay scales and develop effective public policy. It also includes information on skill shortages in Alberta.

Businesses Resource

This section contains information on companies, statistics, financing, innovation, research, science and technology, intellectual property, radio, spectrum and telecommunications, regional and rural development, regulations and standards, sustainability and environment, as well as trade and investment.

Canadian Language Benchmarks/Essential Skills in the Workplace

This web site assists job analysts, employers, trainers and government in understanding the second-language requirements underlying specific job competencies described in Essential Skills Profiles; supports Canadian Language Benchmarks specialists to develop occupation-specific language training curriculum, course materials and/or assessment tools. The site helps sector councils, industry organizations, and workplaces to define occupational language requirements and to provide appropriate language training or development opportunities.

Diversity in the Workplace

Diversity is more than an Act. It’s a smart way to do business. There’s no mystery here. No secrets. No hidden meanings. The challenge in the workplace is what it’s always been: how to hire the best people for the job. And the best people just happen to be Canadians. And that, my friend, is a diversely-talented and wonderfully diverse workforce. Diversity! shows you how to recruit and retain them.

Employment Standards

Employment Standards promotes fair workplaces through partnerships, education and enforcement of the Employment Standards Code.

Regulated Occupations in Alberta

Regulated occupations require registration with a professional regulatory organization to ensure you meet standards of practice. The requirements to practice your profession may be very different in Alberta. Professional registration may require assessment of your education and your English language ability as well as the completion of national exams. Some organizations may allow you to challenge an examination or meet other requirements when you apply for licensure. It may take weeks, months or even years to become registered to work in your occupation. This may also be affected by your occupation, your training and the country where you got your education.

A complete list of regulated occupations in Alberta. There are links to the professional regulatory organizations for each, where you’ll find more information about accreditation.

Top 100 Employers in Canada

Website that provides information on Canada’s Top 100 Employers, a national competition to determine which employers lead their industries in offering exceptional workplaces for their employees. Links to the 100 employers.

Disclaimer: Some of the information and services found on this web site have been provided by external sources. ERIEC is not responsible for the accuracy, reliability or currency of the information or services provided by external sources. Users wishing to rely upon this information or services should consult directly with the appropriate source.

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