Employment First Innovation Fund - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Employment First Innovation Fund

Alberta Community and Social Services created the Employment First Innovation Fund to test promising new ideas for welcoming more Albertans with disabilities into our workforce.

Thank you to all the non-profit societies, public education institutions and public companies that applied to the fund.

We are pleased to announce the four successful recipient organizations and their innovative projects:

  • Foothills Special Needs Association for Parents and Siblings, Calgary Region, with services to High River, Okotoks and Foothills MD #31. This organization provides youth supports and proposes to prepare youth and families for post-secondary education and employment, as well as to build employer awareness. The project involves collaboration among many communities and stakeholders, and fills a need for employment supports for rural areas and small communities.
  • Prospect/Viable, Calgary Region, with services along the Calgary-Edmonton corridor. This organization provides employer supports and proposes to engage employers, build capacity and expand existing Calgary services to communities, including smaller ones, along the corridor to Edmonton.
  • Gateway Association for Community Living, Edmonton Region, with services to the Edmonton region. This organization will provide supports specifically for youth in care aged 16 to 25, and supports to the employers who would engage with this youth group. Employment supports for youth-in-care is an area that could benefit from capacity building.
  • Northeast Alberta Information Hub, Northeast/North Central Region, with services to Aboriginal communities in St. Paul, Vegreville, Saddle Lake, Frog Lake, Barrhead, Westlock, Bonnyville, Cold Lake, Hinton, Athabasca and Lac La Biche. This organization will provide supports for service providers, build capacity in Aboriginal communities and provide training, information and knowledge to service providers in several communities.  This project involves collaboration with numerous stakeholders, including Alberta Works and PDD.


Modified: 2017-07-10
PID: 17535