Albertans to receive tax credit for investing in small tech firms

Albertans to receive tax credit for investing in small tech firms

Albertans to receive tax credit for investing in small tech firms:

The Alberta government will introduce a $90-million tax credit program next year to encourage investment in small- and medium-sized tech firms, Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous said Monday.

"Among the best things we can do to set the province on the path to recovery is encouraging knowledgeable investors to fund Alberta-based startups," he told a news conference at Jobber, 10520 Jasper Ave., a small Edmonton company that handles customer paperwork and office management.

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New Alberta Innovates grants aimed at development of commercial applications

New Alberta Innovates grants aimed at development of commercial applications of advanced biomaterial – cellulose nanocrystals (CNC)

Alberta Innovates Technology Futures

EDMONTON, March 8, 2016 /CNW/ – Two AIberta Innovates corporations have teamed up to provide funding for R&D projects that advance the knowledge and use of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC), an advanced biomaterial.

The new program, called CNC Challenge 2.0, is intended to support early-stage work to demonstrate technical feasibility of CNC in high-value applications with potential for commercialization.

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BioLargo’s AOS Filter Receives Financial Support From the Government of Canada and Alberta Innovates

BioLargo's AOS Filter Receives Financial Support From the Government of Canada and Alberta Innovates

Toronto- Feb 26, 2015 – BioLargo, Inc. (OTCQB: BLGO) announced today that its Canadian subsidiary BioLargo Water, Inc. has received financial contributions from two additional government agencies to support the work around its AOS Filter. The National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP) has provided BioLargo with financial support through its "Youth Employment Program" (YEP) to further its fundamental mission to "stimulate wealth creation through innovation," and dedicated to support the work of Simmon Hofstetter, PhD, exclusively for BioLargo Water, Inc. and its AOS Filter technology.

"NRC-IRAP's support ensures our company continued scientific expertise to help us in our journey to develop and commercialize the AOS Filter Technology," commented Dennis Calvert, President & CEO of BioLargo. "NRC-IRAP's YEP is specifically designed to support highly trained post-secondary graduates like Dr. Hofstetter in his work with BioLargo Water."

Simmon Hofstetter holds a PhD in Food Science & Technology from the University of Alberta, with a background rooted in microbiology, and experience with industrial research and development in the food safety industry, as well as in novel technologies geared towards eliminating microbial pathogens. Dr. Hofstetter has also worked as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Alberta to assist with biodegradation and reclamation research pertaining to the Athabasca Oil Sands. Overall, Dr. Hofstetter brings a suite of expertise in microbiology and toxic compounds relevant to precious water resources. Dr. Hofstetter is working to enhance and expand current applications of the AOS Filter technology.

In addition to the support from NRC-IRAP, Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures (AITF) contributed $62,500 under its program to help support the work of Petr Miller, PhD. AITF Industry Associates Program grants are awarded to help accelerate business ideas with research expertise, transform Alberta industry through practical application of research, and to support highly trained personnel in research and industry settings. The grant value is for one year's support with the intent to extend for an additional $62,000 for year two. This funding will enable BioLargo Water to support Dr. Miller's ongoing work to scale up and refine the BioLargo AOS system.

Petr Miller, Ph.D. is a Post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Nutritional Science at the University of Alberta. He received his PhD in Food Chemistry and Technology at the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague in the Czech Republic. He has more than eight years of research experience in the field of Food microbiology, Food Science and Technology. He is an author of several research articles published in leading scientific journals. His past work includes research of fundamentals of novel antimicrobials and their application in food, and novel processing food technologies and their application. Dr. Miller currently works in collaboration with BioLargo Water to optimize the AOS Filter.


Self Employment Programs Alberta

Self Employment Programs in Alberta

Self Employment in Alberta Is it for me?

Self Employment Programs Alberta

self employment programs alberta

self employment programs alberta

To assist individuals to create jobs for themselves by starting a business. To create additional employment opportunities in the community that might not otherwise be available. The Self Employment Program provides clients with formal instruction in business plan development, one-to-one business counselling, coaching, guidance and follow-up during business plan implementation.

Participants accepted into the program will come with a business idea, the commitment to become an entrepreneur, and their life experience. They will be ready, willing and able to become an entrepreneur.

Eligibility Criteria

Individuals must:

  • Have a viable business idea
  • Be an unemployed Albertan (working less than 20 hours per week)
  • Have employment barriers that may include, but not limited to: low income, language, education and cultural barriers
  • Have sufficient cash or capital, or access to capital to start and operate their business
  • Meet citizen requirements
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Alberta resident for at least 3 months

This program is funded by the Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada.


Alberta Human Services – Alberta Works
Telephone: Contact your nearest Alberta Service Centre or Canada-Alberta Service Centre or call the Career Information Hotline at 780-422-4266 in Edmonton
Fax: 780-422-1759
Toll-free (information): 1-800-661-3753 throughout Alberta


Alberta Wage Subsidy Programs

Alberta Wage Subsidy ProgramsAlberta Wage Subsidy Programs

A wage subsidy program can put the perfect employee within your reach. These programs may offer your business incentives to hire individuals who need additional on-the-job training.


Full Time Wage Subsidy Programs

Full time wage subsidy programs are targeted at youth, recent post secondary graduates, and unemployed workers.

  • Career Focus — Employers who hire recent post-secondary graduates for 6–12 months can receive wage subsidies of up to one third of the annual wage up to a maximum of $15,000. Human Resources and Skills Development Canada in co-operation with 10 other federal departments offer the program through the Youth Employment Strategy (YES). There is a similar program called Sectoral Career Focus that is offered in cooperation with the Sector Councils.
  • Environmental Youth Corp — This program offers wage subsidies of up to $8,000 to hire unemployed or under-employed post-secondary graduates to work in an environmental field within Canada. There is also a subsidy of up to $12,000 for international environmental jobs. The programs are offered through the Canadian Council of Human Resources in the Environmental Industry in conjunction with Environment Canada and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
  • Training For Work Programs — Alberta Employment and Immigration provide full and part-time training opportunities of 12 months or less to enable unemployed Albertans to learn new skills in order to improve their employability or to adapt to a changing labour market. Employers may be reimbursed for a portion of costs associated with the training or on the job experience costs per participant.

Summer or Part-time Programs

  • Summer Temporary Employment Programs — High school and post-secondary youth 16 and older can be subsidized for new, full-time positions lasting from 6 weeks to 4 months. Employers must pay a wage appropriate to the position (at least minimum wage) and receive a subsidy of $7.00/hour. Alberta Employment and Immigration funds the program.
  • Canada Summer Jobs Program — This program offers career related summer employment to high school and post-secondary youth aged 15–30. Wage subsidies of 50% are available to private and public sector employers. Jobs must offer 30–40 hours/week employment for 6–16 weeks. This is part of the Summer Work Experience Initiative of HRSDC, Canadian Heritage, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, Industry Canada, and Parks Canada.
  • Agricultural Processing Industry Employment Program — This program provides opportunities for career-related experience and skill training for students employed in Alberta's Processing Industry. This program reimburses the employer for one-third of the employee's monthly wage to a maximum of $500 per month. It is administered by Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.
  • Work Sharing Program — This program is designed to help employers and workers avert temporary layoffs. The employee, employer, and Employment Insurance Commission approve an agreement whereby the employee receives income support during periods where the workweek is reduced. Employers can retain trained employees, and the worker can receive E.I. benefits until work hours return to normal. Programs run from 6 to 26 weeks with a possible extension to 38 weeks and are offered by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
  • Young Canada Works — This program provides wage subsidies to help secondary and post-secondary students access summer work experience in key cultural and heritage sectors; it also provides internships for college and university graduates who need some assistance to enhance their skills and career prospects. This program is administered by Heritage Canada.

Wage Subsidy Programs for Aboriginal Workers

All wage subsidy programs for aboriginal people are targeted at youth ages 15 to 30 or recent post-secondary graduates.

  • First Nations and Inuit Youth Work Experience Program — This program offers mentored work experience to unemployed or under-employed youth aged 15–30. Projects must be completed within 11 months. Private sector employers receive a subsidy of 50% of the applicable minimum wage, while non-profit sector employers receive 100% plus reimbursement for some employment-related costs.
  • First Nations and Inuit Student Summer Employment Opportunities Program — This program is targeted at secondary and post-secondary students to gain short-term work experience and to earn wages for post-secondary studies. Full-time students between the ages of 15 and 30 who are returning to school are eligible. First Nations and Inuit governments and organizations may submit proposals offering a minimum of 80 hours of work at minimum wage or better. Private sector employers receive 50% wage support while non-profit sector employers receive 100%.
  • Housing Internship Initiative for First Nations and Inuit Youth — This program is targeted at youth between the ages of15 and 30 who are currently unemployed. Eligible sponsors receive wage support to provide work experience and on-the-job training related to the housing industry for a minimum of 3 months. Projects must be located on a reserve or in an Inuit community. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation offers the program in conjunction with the Youth Employment Strategy of Human Resources and Skills Development Canada.
  • Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources (BEAHR) — Located in Calgary, BEAHR has partnered with the Aboriginal HR Council of Canada on an initiative to create 6,000 aboriginal environmental positions in Canada over the next 15 years. BEAHR offers career awareness through a Speakers Program, work experience and training, and internships including an $12,000 wage subsidy to hire an Aboriginal post-secondary graduate.


Wage Subsidy Programs for Persons with Disabilities

    • Ability Edge offers 6-, 9- and 12-month paid internships to graduates with disabilities to work for Canadian employers. The program is offered by Career Edge, a private sector, not-for-profit organization that provides work experience opportunities to new graduates in partnership with Human Resources Development Canada.
    • Opportunities Fund is designed to help persons with disabilities develop skills or obtain employment. Employers trying to integrate disabled employees into their business may receive funding to cover wages or employment related costs. Programs run for up to 52 weeks (occasionally 72 weeks). Human Resources and Skills Development Canada sponsors the opportunity fund.
    • The Training For Work Programs of Alberta Employment, Immigration & Industry (AHRE) can also be accessed to find and train disabled employees. In particular, the Job Skills Training program enables clients to learn new skills with on-the-job training.