Minister Vandal Announces Federal Investments in Support of Inclusive Growth and Employment Opportunities in Calgary

More than $ 7 million through PrairiesCan will help grow a diverse technology workforce by creating hundreds of jobs in Calgary region

CALGARI, AB,, June 29, 2022 / CNW / – The Government of Canada provides support for community-led innovations that create opportunities for success for people with different talents and abilities. In and around Calgaryorganizations use collaborative, inclusive approaches to hire more diverse talents that will benefit of Alberta economy.

Minister Vandal Announces Federal Investments in Support of Inclusive Growth and Employment Opportunities in Calgary (CNW Group / Prairies Economic Development Canada)

Today, the Honorable Daniel Vandal, Minister of PrairiesCan, announced a federal investment of more than $ 7 million for three Calgarybased on initiatives through two programs – the Jobs and Growth Fund and the Community Economic Development and Diversification Program, to continue building a socially inclusive economy in Calgary region and enable local businesses to harness the abilities and talents of underrepresented Canadians.

  • IN University of Calgary receives $ 2,649,909 to create a center for social innovation to support the development and growth of socially motivated businesses and social enterprises. Services will include specialized programming, access to space, office support and funding for expert advisors, scholarships and internships. Over the next four years, the project is expected to create about 40 high-quality jobs and directly benefit more than 220 for-profit enterprises and approximately 20 non-profit enterprises. Alberta.

  • Meticulon Consulting receives $ 1,359,254 on the creation of tools and services to assist companies in recruiting neurodiverse young people to technological positions in four places Alberta: Calgary,, Edmonton,, Lethbridgeand the Wood Buffalo Regional Municipality. Alberta Businesses will benefit from this initiative through services such as employer toolkits, job readiness assessment tools, personalized training for human resources departments and a digital inclusion network to promote dialogue between participating companies. The project is expected to help create about 100 technology-related jobs and directly benefit about 80 businesses.

  • NPower Canada receives $ 3,000,000 expand and expand its workforce development program at the entry-level digital IT skills for low-income, low-income and diverse jobseekers – including youth, women, race and indigenous people who face barriers to employment. The project is expected to help train approximately 650 participants, create more than 400 jobs and directly benefit about 50 businesses in Alberta.

Overall, the initiatives are expected to help create or maintain more than 550 jobs and help approximately 370 SMEs grow and gain the talent and skills they need to stay competitive.


“Building a socially inclusive economy that uses the talents and abilities of all Canadians is crucial for of Canada economic growth and recovery. Our government’s support for these three leading organizations will position itself Calgary at the forefront of promoting economic diversity and inclusion, while helping to meet the needs for technical talent and skills of Alberta enterprises. We are proud to partner with organizations working to build an inclusive economy for all. “
The Honorable Daniel Vandal, Minister of the Prairies

“Our government is committed to building an inclusive economy that will lead to lasting social change. Today’s investment will provide the resources to support three non-profit transforming organizations to expand and create a diverse technological workforce that will stimulate the regional economy and create well-paid jobs. “
George ChahalMember of Parliament from Calgary Skyview

“Like of Alberta the economy continues to lead Canada in growth and recovery, the priority is to ensure that all Albert residents can participate and be included in the labor market. This is the reason of Alberta the government invests in of Alberta A recovery plan to help people with disabilities in Albert find and maintain good jobs in the technology sector and enjoy all that their communities have to offer. “
Jeremy Nixonparliamentary secretary, public and social services

“Complex social challenges require sustainable, community-based solutions. Today’s federal investment through PrairiesCan will help create the Center for Social Innovation (SIH), an inclusive space for collaboration between researchers and community partners and the creation of mutually beneficial partnerships. solutions and enterprise models together, SIH will launch and scale innovation and move the needle to our most pressing social challenges. “
Dr. William GallyVice President (Research), University of Calgary

“This funding will help boost an inclusive economy by expanding support for social entrepreneurs and innovators. We know that how we do this work is just as important as why we do it – social innovation is both a journey and a destination. SIH centers on relationships and collaboration to stimulate innovative solutions, using the strengths of partners to be larger than the sum of our parts. With the support of stakeholders like PrairiesCan, we are making this vision a reality.
Jordan ArmstrongDirector, Center for Social Innovation, Innovate Calgary

“At Meticulon, we recognize and see the value of people to processes and abilities to labels. We believe that in order to make a change, you must be the change.
Garth JohnsonCEO, Meticulon

“As advances in technology change the way we live, work and study, our goal at NPower Canada is to provide vulnerable unemployed and under-employed Canadians with the skills required by today’s IT and digital workforce. This funding from PrairiesCan will help us deal with the lack of technical skills Western Canadaproviding employers with the necessary IT talent at a junior level. “
Julia BlackburnCEO, NPower Canada

Quick facts

  • Federal funding is provided through two programs administered by PrairiesCan: the Jobs and Growth Fund and the Community Economic Development and Diversification Program.

  • The Jobs and Growth Fund helps job creators and the organizations that support them to support their business, build sustainability and prepare for growth. The financing is interest-free and pays off.

  • The Community Economic Development and Diversification Program supports economic development initiatives that contribute to the economic growth and diversification of communities in the prairie provinces.

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