Industry Resources

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AWES has the workplace essential skills tools and services your organization needs

Alberta Workforce Essential Skills Society (AWES) provides workplace training that supports all aspects of a workers’ career path. This includes training trainers, assessing skills, uncovering gaps, developing programming and evaluating the results of our essential skills training. Checklist for newcomers training.

Our goal is simple: for workers to have the essential skills they need to fully participate in the workplace, in their communities, and in their personal lives.

Grant Programs

The Farm Energy and Agri-Processing Program (FEAP) Read and apply 

Canadian Agricultural Partnership Five-year $3 billion Upcoming Grant Funding (Starting April 2018) - News Release

CAP Proposed Programs 2018


Spending Money on Third Party Training?

The Canada Job Grant provides direct financial support for employers wishing to purchase third party training for their staff. This flexible program is designed to meet the needs of businesses of all sizes, in all industries and regions. Currently projects are being approved in less than 1 month.  (All AFPA training courses are eligible many members have been very successful with this grant program).


• Up to 83% government contribution of third-party training costs

• Maximum approvals can range up to $300,000, or more depending on the province

Training is intended for employed individuals acquiring new skills for their current job, or to prepare employees for a promotion or a new role. The employer must have a job available at the end of the training for the individual(s) being trained.

Training must not exceed one year and typically only one application is approved per year.

More funding available…please share! Eligible activities include pursuit of market opportunities, scale-up, product development, process improvements, inventory management, value stream mapping, facility improvements and the list goes on. Thx!

Western Economic Diversification Canada is pleased to share that the Government of Canada launched the Women Entrepreneurship Fund, a new program under the Budget 2018 Women Entrepreneurship Strategy (WES). This Fund along with the WES Ecosystem Fund is part of a comprehensive, whole-of-government plan to help women grow their businesses through access to financing, networks and advice.


Western Economic Diversification Canada, along with the other regional development agencies across the country, will be working with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada to deliver these two funds.


The WES Ecosystem Fund

This $85 million, five-year program will strengthen capacity of organizations supporting women entrepreneurs by ensuring they have the business supports they need to start or grow a business.


Projects must be led by not-for-profit organizations and must respond to the needs of diverse and under-represented women. There is a national/multi-regional stream and a regional stream under the fund.


Applications for the WES Ecosystem Fund close on November 22, 2018. Details on the application process can be found at


The Women Entrepreneurship Fund

Investments under this program will help women-owned and women-led businesses to grow their existing businesses, so they can pursue opportunities in domestic and global markets. It will provide non-repayable funding up to $100,000 for projects that focus on the:


  • pursuit of market opportunities abroad;
  • scale-up, expansion and growth; and,
  • additional activities that support the objectives of the Women Entrepreneurship Fund

Applications for the Women Entrepreneurship Fund closes on November 15, 2018. Details on the application process can be found at


Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) pages for additional information:

For further information, please contact Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) at or 1-800-328-6189.

Product Development and Commercialization - Program at Red River College allows companies to develop new, test and commercialize new products Read

Energy Efficiency Alberta – Custom Energy Solutions GHG program incentives that is available to all of food processors in Alberta.

The goal of the program is to reduce GHG emissions in Alberta.

  • Energy Efficiency Alberta – Custom Energy Solutions program offers opportunities for the Alberta Food Processors facilities to follow a tailored pathway to reduced emissions and energy efficiency.
  • Measures that can be funded via the custom program include:
    • VFDs
    • Building controls – highly applicable to multiple sites
    • Heat recovery solutions
    • Boiler system related items
    • Compress Air Systems
    • Combined Heat and Power (CHP)
    • Lighting is out, but most everything else we will consider if it brings GHG tonne and has line of sight to a scheduled completion date.
  • The process would be:
    • Application the Energy Efficiency Alberta – Custom Energy Solutions.
    • Scoping audits completed. (Funding available – up to 100% of costs). Note that party doing the audits would need to be approved as a program ally.
    • Engineering studies funding available for larger projects (up to 100%, completed by program allies)
    • Required for baseline on all projects. incentive differs >10,000 and <10,000 tonnes GHG
    • Energy improvement plans.
    • Results of plan evaluated for incentives; calculated on a fee per ton of GHG reduction basis.
    • Application for incentive is done by program allies.
    • Food Processors can elect to proceed or not based on final business case of measure after incentive calculations
    • Measurement & Verification of measures is required prior to incentive payment
  • The aggregate of the facilities (approx. 30-35,000 tCO2e) is not eligible a dedicated energy manager.
    • >25,000 tonnes GHG footprint would be eligible for an energy manager. 5-25,000 eligible for SEM program.