Prairie Post (West Edition) : 2020-05-22

The Country Bargaineer : 7 : 7

The Country Bargaineer

Friday, May 22, 2020 7 - Prairie Post West - Alta Newspaper Group LP the COUNTRY BARGAINEER Serving Southern Alberta & Southweste­rn Saskatchew­an UNSUNG HERO: Lomond 4-H club member Eva Ketchmark donated a VWHHU WR WKH /HWKEULGJH 6RXS .LWFKHQ Employee training supports for agri-businesses CONTRIBUTE­D food processors, the program helps offset the cost to train new employees safely in new agri-food roles. The program will support training for as many as 2,500 new jobs in Alberta. “Alberta’s agricultur­e and food sector rely on thousands of people working every day to help keep food on our tables. As we see record high unemployme­nt in Alberta due to a global economic slowdown and COVID-19, we need to ensure unemployed Albertans have the opportunit­y for domestic jobs instead of hiring workers from overseas.” said Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agricultur­e and Forestry. The maximum government contributi­on under the program is $2,000 per new employee, up to a maximum of $50,000 per employer. Grants will be administer­ed on a firstcome, first-served basis until available program funding is fully allocated. In addition, about $1 million in funding will be targeted for meat processors to provide support for new hires to undertake 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.” Added Jason Copping, Minister of Labour and Immigratio­n. As part of the Canadian Agricultur­al Partnershi­p Risk Management programs, this program will improve the agricultur­e and agri-food sector’s ability to anticipate, mitigate and prepare for risks that could have a major financial impact on the livestock and plant industries, or affect human health and safety. Alberta is partnering with the Government of Canada to provide employment support programs and services through the Labour and Immigratio­n’s Workforce Developmen­t Agreement and through the Canadian Agricultur­al Partnershi­p. This program is administer­ed by Alberta Agricultur­e and Forestry. This job training support complement­s the launch of Alberta’s Agricultur­e Job Connector, a web resource to help agricultur­e employers looking for workers connect with job seekers. Alberta has a comprehens­ive response to COVID-19 including measures to enhance physical distancing, screening and testing. Financial supports are also in place to help Alberta families and businesses. In response to COVID-19, the Government of Alberta has created a new Agricultur­e Training Support Program to help employers in the food supply chain provide necessary training to new Alberta employees. The program is intended to offset costs for COVID-19 safety and training, including the costs for personal protective equipment and to remove any barriers to get Albertans safely working. “To all Albertans interested in work, jobs in the agricultur­e sector are dynamic, employ a range of skillsets and help to support your communitie­s. These investment­s, provided by both levels of Government, will give Albertans the opportunit­y to train and transition into these rewarding jobs”, stated the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal Minister of Agricultur­e and AgriFood By providing up to $5 million in support to farmers, agri-businesses and Quick facts t 1SPHSBN TVQQPSU JT UBSHFUFE UP agricultur­al, meat processing and horticultu­ral businesses and services on the Government of Alberta’s essential service list (with the exception of aquacultur­e). t "QQMJDBUJPO­T XJMM CF BDDFQUFE WJB the existing Canadian Agricultur­al Partnershi­p website. t 5IF 1BSUOFSTIJ­Q JT B åWF ZFBS $3-billion commitment by Canada’s federal, provincial and territoria­l government­s to support Canada’s agricultur­e and agri-food sectors. Lethbridge 403-320 5400 Grande Praire 780-830-2400 Medicine Hat 403-526-0925 Calgary 403-279-3355 Toll-Free 877-414-4043 • Meridian Archwalls • Grain Storage • Cold Storage • Farm Shops • Rigid Frame • Frameless Buildings • Riding Arenas • Barns • Stables • Grain Bins • Grain Rings • Hoppers www.southwestd­esignandco­

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