Workforce Partnerships

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.

Program Elements

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.

Examples of LMP program activities

Projects funded under the LMP program must address a labour market need, be finite (i.e. project specific) and reflect departmental, regional and local priorities. Activities that may be considered include:

  • Research and analysis of labour market trends.
  • Developing strategic plans to prepare for future skill requirements and/or prevent skills shortages.
  • Promoting current labour market needs or heightening awareness of labour market issues such as skills shortages.
  • Sharing best practices in human resource development and career/employment training.

LMP Partnership Requirements

Labour market partnerships should include a minimum of three partners prepared to contribute to the project, preferably with representation from various segments of the industry or community.

Each partner is expected to assume an active role and to make a significant contribution to the proposed project. Priority is given to partnerships that reflect departmental, regional, and local priorities.

Preference is given to industry sectors that:

  • have above average projected growth rate in high demand occupations
  • are experiencing current or emerging issues significantly impacting their human resource or labour market adjustment needs.
  • are experiencing current or projected skill shortages
  • have a value-added impact on Alberta’s economy

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

Examples of ARP program activities

Projects funded under the ARP program must support attraction and retention activities that fall under one or more of the following categories:

  • Connect employers and employer associations to current knowledge and resources that will support the attraction and retention of workers.
  • Promote information sharing about effective practices within the employer community (for example, career fairs, conferences and effective practice forums).
  • Pilot test and/or apply tools, techniques and processes that assist in the attraction and retention of workers (for example, job counselling and retention supports to employers of under represented group members).
ARP Partnership Requirements

Each project must include one or more partners, acting with the Ministry, to contribute financial or in-kind resources to the project. Partners who do not have the capacity to act successfully on their own to address attraction and retention issues are eligible for assistance under this program. Partners include those organizations that recognize that there is a workforce issue, want to solve it and are willing to work together to address the issue.

Projects are intended to be project-based, finite and not dependent upon future funding.

For further information, please contact your local Workforce Consultant or office.

Type of Funding Available

The Workforce Partnerships Program is used to support projects that are project-based, finite and not dependent upon future funding. Funding for projects is available through a conditional grant or contract and the duration of funding will vary based on the project scope and approach. The funding amount awarded to each project will vary depending on the project. It is desirable for the Ministry to only contribute a portion of the project costs with partners contributing financially/and or in kind. The Ministry’s contribution amount will be determined based on the availability of funding, the degree of priority for department, local, regional or provincial conditions, and the ability of other partners to make financial and/or in kind contributions.


Short Term

  • Establishment of labour market partnerships.
  • Increase in the awareness of current information and effective practices that support successful attraction and retention strategies.
  • Increase in the capacity of employers and employer associations to attract and retain workers.

Long Term

  • Increase in workplace training.
  • Increase in investment made in skill development by employees, employers and self-employed.
  • Increase in the ability of employer and employer associations to anticipate and manage workforce attraction and retention challenges.
Modified: 2016-10-25
PID: 14834