Innovative Projects Grants

Innovative Projects Grants

Provides funding to organizations to explore innovative approaches to language training in Alberta.


Important dates

The application period is now closed.

June 15, 2016: application period opened

July 14, 2016: applicants’ conference call completed

August 19, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. MDT: application period closed


Alberta Labour’s Language Training Programs (LTP) help the ESL system to effectively provide adult English Language Learners (ELLs) with the opportunity to develop the language skills they need to fully participate in Alberta’s society and economy. Funded projects should aim to strengthen ESL infrastructure in Alberta and meet the needs of learners.

Our Innovative Projects Grants Program targets the following outcomes:

  • Immediate: ESL providers have increased awareness, knowledge or skill with regards to innovative mechanisms or approaches to ESL delivery in Alberta.
  • Intermediate: ESL providers in Alberta are delivering programming that meets the needs of learners.

Partnerships are strongly encouraged particularly when projects would benefit from having multiple areas of expertise.

Funding Priority: Language for Workforce Attachment

Poor communication skills in English can be a significant challenge for immigrants and refugees seeking to attach to the workforce and advance in their careers. It can also be a challenge for employers to know how to support language learning.

This year we’re seeking proposals for short-term projects that explore innovative ideas in language training to:

  • support employment pathways for immigrants to overcome barriers to successful labour force attachment
  • bridge the communication gap between immigrants and their employers

Areas of interest include:

  • projects that support immigrants and refugees with literacy needs or low-level language proficiency (i.e. Pre-Benchmark to CLB 4) to acquire communication skills (intercultural competency, workplace culture, job-specific language, pragmatics, and essential skills)
  • projects that support immigrant workers who are employed in low-skill occupations (e.g. service and manufacturing) but may lack language or intercultural competencies to maintain their jobs and/or ladder to other opportunities
  • innovative job-specific language training for high-demand occupations
  • collaboration with labour market partners (such as employers, professional regulatory organizations, sector councils, unions, etc.) to facilitate matching supply and demand

Projects in this area could also support innovative applications of e-learning, to:

  • address issues of access to quality language learning opportunities
  • support the development of digital literacy skills among newcomers to enter or advance in the workforce

For a detailed description see Innovative Projects Grants Guidelines (PDF, 13 pages)

July 14, 2016 – Applicants conference call meeting Q&As (PDF, 5 pages)

Sharing your project findings

Any organization that receives provincial funding must prepare a Project Summary (maximum 1 to 5 pages) of their final report in order to have the results of their project shared with the ESL community at large.

These project summaries may be posted to the ATESL website.

Modified: 2016-08-30
PID: 15381

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