Summer is officially here and with the majority of the population now having received one vaccine, and second doses being administered, Alberta is poised to have a great summer. Restrictions are further eased and we are starting to get back to a sense of normalcy.
The Alberta government’s priority continues to be protecting the lives of Albertans and their livelihoods. As the pandemic recedes our focus now turns more to economic recovery.
Alberta has an unemployment rate of approximately nine per cent, while employers across the province continue to be faced with high costs of hiring employees during the pandemic and difficulty finding people who have the appropriate skills to meet business needs. As part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan the Government of Alberta announced the Jobs Now program.
Jobs Now is a $370 million program that takes bold action to help struggling businesses, reducing the costs for employers to hire and train Albertans, and get unemployed Albertans back to work. It provides a grant of 25% of salary for one year as a wage subsidy, training subsidy or both to employers to create new full time jobs. This program is for employers in all industries across the private and non-profit sectors and is estimated to create more than 22,000 new jobs over two years. For more information on this program please go to https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-jobs-now-program.aspx
Jobs Now is a key part of Alberta’s recovery plan which is focused on creating an environment to attract new investment, building infrastructure and diversifying the economy to get Albertans back to work. For more information, please go to https://www.alberta.ca/recovery-plan.aspx.
I want to wish Calgary-Varsity all the best this summer. Please continue to stay safe and when it is your turn to receive your second vaccine please do so for us to continue to open our province. As always, please free to reach out to my office at Calgary.firstname.lastname@example.org.