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Labour's Workforce Grants Portal

The Government of Alberta is pleased to announce the launch of an online portal for Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) program applications.

You can now submit and follow up on all the necessary forms and paperwork for the CAJG program through Labour’s Workforce Grants Portal. Additionally, you can view the status of all your applications in real time and can be alerted to any issues, such as missing information, as soon as the file is reviewed. Please be sure to review the Applicant Guide before applying for your CAJG grant.

To make use of the portal all employers must register for a MyAlberta Digital ID for Business account. Registration is easy and it is a one-time process. To assist in this process, we have put together instructions on how to create your account.

Please note that CAJG will continue to accept paper applications through the mail until March 31, 2019. After this period, all applications will need to be submitted through the portal - paper forms will not be available or accepted for new grant requests. Applications that were originally submitted on paper will not be included in the portal and will be completed using a paper Training Completion form.

Thank you for your continued interest in the CAJG program. If you have any questions please refer to the CAJG website, email the CAJG team at or call the CAJG info line at 1-855-638-9424 or 780-638-9424.

RFP - Strategy & Creation of Regional Destination Management Organization

Community Futures Crowsnest Pass is seeking a person or firm to prepare a  comprehensive  strategy to leverage and support tourism activity in the Crowsnest Pass-Pincher Creek-Piikani-Castle Park Region. The creation of sustainable destination management organization will be  the outcome of this project and help to support and provide guidance to the tourism industry,  governments, and communities in the area. It will address the needs for a consolidated and  collaborative  approach to tourism in southwest region of Alberta region between government  and business, analyze and guide  ways to leverage existing tourism assets more effectively,  engage tourism operators in activities  that will grow their business, and promote tourism  opportunities to visitors of the region.

Deadline: 4:00pm, February 25, 2019

RFP Details

2019 Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge

The 2019 Chinook Entrepreneur Challenge (CEC) is now underway with over 180 registrants.

The CEC is more than a competition; it's an opportunity to build on your dream.  Designed and targeted toward new or existing business (individuals, or teams) who have a sustainable business idea, the program provides valuable business skills, while you write your business plan, get feedback on your ideas from regional professionals, network with key people including other entrepreneurs like yourself, and last but not least, have a chance at winning cash and in-kind prizes. There  are both general and a technology streams.

The CEC is an amazing FREE opportunity to build your dream so if you haven't participated, let us know and we can give you information to get on board next year!

For more information, visit

Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce elects new board

Prior to their AGM on November 7, 2018, the Crowsenst Pass Chamber of Commerce received nominations for Tim May (The Rum Runner) and Brad Edmondson (Crow Works Signs & Engraving) for three board positions.  Uncertain if an election would be held, they were pleasantly surprised to receive nominations from the floor for Lisa Attaway (Attaway Inspired Ltd.), Rick Breakenridge (SpringBreak Flower Farm), and Kayleigh Montgomery (Teck Resources Ltd.).

The membership at the AGM voted in Rick Breakenridge, Brad Edmondson, and Tim May,and after the November 22nd Board Meeting, the positions held by board members are:

President - Sacha Anderson 
Vice-President - Claire Rogers
Treasurer - Tim May
Secretary - Rick Breakenridge
Director - Brad Edmondson
Director - Kyle Schofield
Director - Julia Hicks

Congratulations to the 2018/19 Board of Directors. We look forward to supporting your efforts to make Crowsnest Pass a great community to do business in.

Best of Crowsnest

The Crowsnest Pass Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the Best of Crowsnest Awards on September 24.

Join us in congratulating our amazing businesses throughout the Crowsnst Pass. Well done!


New Email Addresses

Community Futures offices across the province have coordinated email addresses to make it easier to reach us. Our old emails will still get to us but for future use, please note our new contact information:

Shar Cartwright:

Sacha Anderson:

Larry Saloff:

Joni MacFarlane:


New Employment Rules

Changes to provincial workplace laws come into effect January 1, 2018. Alberta's Employment Standard Code hasn't been updated since 1988.

These changes apply to the majority of employers and employees, with the exception of those working in federally-regulated industries. The Code applies to around 85% of all employment relationships in Alberta, which includes Community Futures and our clients.

The following existing standards have undergone changes:

Leave eligibility
Compassionate care leave Maternity/parental leave
Rest periods
Compressed work weeks
Minimum wage
General holiday and general holiday pay Vacations and vacation pay
Termination and temporary layoffs Youth employment

The province is offering two pre-recorded webinars to introduce employees and employers to the new changes: The Top 10 Things Employers Should Know About Employment Standards and The Basics of Employment Standards Law for workers.

Have questions? For more information call 1-877-427-3731 (toll-free) or visit the website at: Employment Standards

Information sessions are also available for employer groups, non-profits organizations and worker representatives. To book a session, email:


Successful partnership merits provincial awards

Economic Developers Association of Alberta (EDA) Conference, Banff, Alberta

Community Futures Crowsnest Pass, in partnership with all southern Alberta Community Futures offices,  was recently recognized by EDA for their work on Alberta Youth Entrepreneur Camp (AYEC) in the category of Community Economic Development for Large community/region.  They also received the Alex Metcalfe Award recognizing the "best of the best" community projects in each category.

AYEC is a week long camp for youth ages 13-15 who are interested in learning about business and entrepreneurship. Tha main focus of this camp is to educate youth about markleting, advertising, preparing a cash-flow statement and writing a business plan. Campers set up thier own businesses and use real money which they borrow from actual bankers. The last day is "Business Day" at the camp, where campers have the opportunity to open and operate their businesses. The youth also get to participate in many fun recreatioanl activities throughout their week at camp.

AYEC has been highly successful and is now entering its 21st year.


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