Alberta HUB has been working with 29 communities to promote Northeast Alberta as a desirable area to invest for new business. It is vital to have an adequate labour pool in order to retain, attract, or expand businesses in our region. In order to find solutions to our labour shortage, Alberta HUB is requesting that the County of St. Paul be a partner in a Regional Collaboration Grant Application from Municipal Affairs to obtain the funds required to conduct a Labour Capacity Study that will update the previous one completed in 2010. Phase II of the project would involve a Labour Attraction Strategy. And finally, Phase III will be the Labour Attraction Tools Development Phase. The project budget for all three phases of this project is set at $198,000 which included some in-kind contributions of travel costs, conference calls, stakeholder meetings, and supply costs estimated to be be $10,400.
The County of Two Hills has offered to be the managing partner for this grant. Alberta HUB is requesting that the County of St. Paul be another partner in the grant application in order to get the funding required to carryout all three phases of this project.