Christina Gray, Alberta Minister of Labour  said that “Our focus continues to be on helping Albertans get back to work by improving access to training opportunities. These changes will make life better for unemployed Albertans by helping them train for new jobs in a changing economy. They also make it easier for employers like the Calgary Stampede to build a skilled workforce.”

Deanna Hunter, manager, Talent Acquisition and Development said that“Every year, Calgary Exhibition and Stampede Ltd. hires staff to support the annual Stampede in July. The CAJG helped us hire and train employees whom we otherwise may not have with our small training budget. Being able to hire locally has resulted in savings that have contributed to our business growth while enabling us to foster strong internal talent so we can continue to put on the greatest outdoor show on earth every summer.”

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) is a grant funding program where employers and government share the cost of training new and existing employees to increase their knowledge and skills while also meeting the needs of Alberta’s changing economy.

The Calgary Stampede, with 1,500 year-round employees, is one of the organizations benefiting from changes to the program.

Changes to the grant will expand access to training and offer more ways for Alberta employers to train workers by:

  • Covering 100 per cent of training costs up to $15,000 when the trainee is unemployed.
  • Reimbursing a portion of travel costs of participants and trainers from outside Edmonton and Calgary.
  • Allowing sole proprietors to apply to train their workers.

Launched in October 2014, the CAJG is delivered by the Government of Alberta with joint funding from the Government of Canada and employers. Employers are expected to cover one-third of training costs, while government contributes two-thirds to a maximum of $10,000 per trainee.