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Alberta Government Steps In to Help Employers

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The Government of Alberta created a new agriculture training program to help support employers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program is to offset costs for employers of COVID-19 safety and training. It covers the costs of personal protective equipment and means to remove of barriers and get Albertans working safely. The program provides up to 5 million in support for farmers, agri-businesses and food producers to help ease the costs of training employees safely in agri-food roles. The program could provide support for as many as 2,500 new jobs in Alberta.

This is especially good news for employers who may have suffered the effects of the mandatory isolation for the Temporary Foreign Workers program. This program is a one-time $50 million program to offset the impacts of COVID-19 on agri-businesses that use the TWP program. The program offers $1500 for each foreign worker and will continue as long as there are funds. However, it does put these workers into isolation, taking away members of the workforce during crucial times.

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Each spring, Farming Smarter trains its summer staff on proper equipment use and maintenance.

In contrast, the training program provides up to $2,000 per new employee to a maximum of $50,000 per employer. In addition, about 1 million in funding will target meat processors and meat-cutting training. “Training will provide Albertans with the skills they need to find work and support the province’s agriculture employers. This new program will connect Albertans with new job opportunities so they can get back to work.” said Jason Copping, Minister of Labour and Immigration.

The program is part of a partnership between the Alberta government and the Federal government of Canada, called the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. The partnership is a five-year, $3 billion dollar commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territorial governments to support the agriculture and agri-food sectors.

For more information, check out the government’s website here

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Farming Smarter staff took part in side-by-side safety training in 2019.

Created May 21, 2020 | Category: News Articles

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