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The Green Jobs Program is now accepting applications  

Summary

The program is almost the same as last year except one difference.  Farmers do not need to hire a post-secondary graduate for an intern.  They need only hire a youth, aged 15 – 30 and they can be related.  The only requirement is that they incorporate a positive environmental component to the work experience. 

The Internship stream remains the same.  Watershed groups and applied research associations can apply for 50% of intern’s wage up to $16,000. The intern must be a post-secondary grad.  They can get up to 80% if they have 5 employees or less.

Please visit: http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/programs-and-services/list-of-programs-and-services/agricultural-youth-green-jobs-initiative/?id=1459879253586

The Summer Farm Employment Program

The Summer Farm Employment Program's primary objective is to provide opportunities for full-time farm work experience for young people. Employers must be full-time farmers; employees must between 15 and 24 years of age and cannot be a direct relative of the employer. Wage support is provided to farmers to a maximum of $400 per month based on a full-time basis.

Applications are accepted on a first- come, first-served basis and will be accepted until all program funds are committed or May 31, 2017, whatever comes first. Applications received after May 31 will not be processed unless funding is available. Further information is available by calling the Ag-Info Centre at 310-FARM (3276) or by accessing their website at:  http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/general/progserv.nsf/all/pgmsrv35.

The Growing Forward 2 Program

The Growing Forward 2 Program is a $3 billion-dollar investment by federal, provincial, and territorial (FPT) governments and the foundation for government agricultural programs and services. This program focuses on innovation, competitiveness, and market development to ensure Canadian producers and processors have the tools and resources they need to continue to innovate and capitalize on emerging market opportunities. For further information on active programs that may be applicable to you, please visit: http://www.growingforward.alberta.ca/Programs/.

Growing Forward 3 is still in planning and so we encourage you to check the Growing Forward Alberta website for program updates.


Idea: You have an idea and need to successfully transition into a well-researched business plan

 

The Government of Alberta has developed a number of business supports and services as part of the Alberta Jobs Plan. Visit their site to find out more! Click here to discover further information for small and medium-sized Alberta businesses.                        

 

The Business Link provides supports to entrepreneurs and business operators throughout Alberta. From idea, to start-up, operations and transition out, the Business Link provides confidential advisory services, online resources, research assistance and an extensive schedule of learning opportunities.

Futurpreneur is a global leader in advancing youth entrepreneurship. The organization provides youth aged 18-39 with pre-launch coaching, business resources, start-up financing and mentoring to help them launch and sustain successful businesses. Another great resource is BizKids, including business resources and toolkits for young entrepreneurs.


Discover more about mentorship through the Alberta Mentoring Partnership, offering tools and resources to connect with a mentoring organization near you. 

 

Community Futures Tawatinaw Region offers a wide range of services to entrepreneurs including business related plan development, lending and counselling. It also offers assistance to entrepreneurs with disabilities.

 

BizPal is an online service that provides entrepreneurs with simplified access to information about business permits, licences and other requirements needed to start, operate and grow their business from the federal, provincial/territorial and participating municipal governments.

 

Canada Business Network (Registering your business) provides an overview of the key registration requirements that may apply to your business.


As an example of banking support available, visit the ATB BoostR program to find out how they help businesses raise money and test ideas, while gaining exposure and market insights through a crowdfunding platform. 

 



Pre-revenue: Your business plan has been established, and the next focus is establishing your clientele

 

NABI: offers entrepreneurs and small businesses the office spaces, marketing resources, path finding advice, coaching, inspiration, capital and networking connections they need to improve their probability of survival 

 

GoForth Institute delivers real-world online education for entrepreneurs and ongoing support for people who are thinking of starting, getting ready to start or wanting to grow a small business.

 

MERX Register with this centralized electronic tendering service that connects over 50,000 businesses and government purchasers in Canada

 

Alberta Purchasing Connection

Access purchasing opportunities (goods, services and construction) that have been posted by the Government of Alberta, the Province of Alberta's municipalities, academic institutions, school boards and health regions.

           

Agricultural Processing Industry Directory

For over 40 years, Alberta's Agricultural Processing Industry Directory offers a comprehensive database of food processing industry and its associations. To be listed in the directory, this must be completed: Form                         

           

Canada Business Network (Grants, contributions and financial assistance) lists funding

programs that apply to businesses in all provinces and territories, and others that apply only to businesses in your region. You can filter the programs by region and/or by business type.

 

Raise your profile by visiting atbnexus (password is Monday) and create your profile (no need to be an ATB client). All Alberta companies are encouraged to create a profile on this site to elevate the visibility of Alberta companies, made in Alberta products, create a global network for buyers, raise the profile to an International market, and manufacturers also get a trade dashboard to help locate global buyers/do market research etc.


Access Government of Canada tenders and register as a supplier to get a procurement business number. Access information about mandatory security clearance.  Access free webinars  about doing business with the Government of Canada and bidding on opportunities. Information is also available about the procurement strategy for Aboriginal Business (PSAB).  

Break-even: The customers have been attracted, now emphasize on keeping and growing a sustainable business

 

GoForth Institute delivers real-world online education for entrepreneurs and ongoing support for people who are thinking of starting, getting ready to start or wanting to grow a small business.

 

Community Futures Tawatinaw Region offers a wide range of services to entrepreneurs including business related plan development, lending and counselling. It also offers assistance to entrepreneurs with disabilities.

 

Canada Business Network (Grants, contributions and financial assistance) lists funding programs that apply to businesses in all provinces and territories, and others that apply only to businesses in your region. You can filter the programs by region and/or by business type.


At some point, it will be important to consider energy efficiency options for your business. Visit Energy Efficiency Alberta to find out more about who and what is eligible. Additional information is available through the Government of Canada regarding Innovation and Clean Growth Programs

 

Growth: Your business is growing, and nurturing it into a profitable opportunity is imperative

 

Go Productivity works with clients to develop the best solution for their productivity challenges. Sometimes that expertise is located in-house; sometimes it’s within their partner network.

        

          

Alberta Innovates Technology Development Advisors are senior business specialists working in the rural Regional Innovations Networks on range of services and supports to new and growing businesses.

Find out more about an employer-driven training program where employers and government share the cost of training new and existing employees to meet the needs of Alberta's changing economy with the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

 

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