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FUNDING Opportunity The UFA Rural Communities Foundation Announces Five-Year, $500,000 Commitment

posted July 3rd,  2019

Rural Communities Encouraged to Apply for up to $100,000 in Funds

July 2, 2019
United Farmers of Alberta Co-operative Ltd. (“UFA”) announced today that the Rural Communities Foundation (“RCF”) is making a financial commitment of $500,000 over the next five years to rural communities across its network.

The mandate of the RCF is to improve the sustainability of farmers and ranchers in Alberta by improving access to funding for educational, recreational and cultural facilities and programs in those communities.

“The Foundation was created in 2014, through the support of UFA’s elected officials, to give back the archived equity collected by the Co-operative,” explains RCF Board Chair Harvey Hagman. “Through the formation of this Foundation, we are now able to give these monies back to those UFA communities. We’re pleased to announce today that RCF will award applications from a minimum of $10,000, up to a total of $100,000 this year.”

Hagman says that applications will be accepted from July 2 until August 31, 2019. The RCF Board will then review those applications, and announce the official winners during Cooperative Week in Canada on October 16, 2019.

Groups who are eligible for funding include registered charities under the Canada Revenue Agency, registered non-profits organizations who are registered with either their provincial or municipal government, and community service co-operatives. All projects must align with one of the three funding categories of recreational, education events and activities or cultural facilities and programs. Projects must be completed within a two-year period and be located in a community that has a UFA presence.

“We are extremely excited that the official application process is underway, and all information is available online,” said Hagman. “This money was always intended for our rural communities and now that we have a process in place, this will assist with the sustainability of our rural communities for many years to come.”

For more information on how to apply for the RCF grant, please go to www.RCFUFA.com

Media Contact:
Tracey Feist, APR, 720-254-6194 
RCF Media Advisor

https://www.ufa.com/Pages/news-media/2019/july/ufa-rcf-announces-five-year-commitment.aspx

Tasha Blumenthal, MBA
Director of External Relations & Advocacy


Canada’s new rural economic development strategy (Roundtable with Rural Municipalities of Alberta)

posted June 27th, 2019

Below is information on and links to the above mentioned subject.
Thanks to Soren Odegard RMA Director/Alberta HUB chair for sending this along.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com

Thank you for participating and sharing your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions around the priorities of rural communities on March 14, 2019 in Nisku. The event was a success because of your active involvement and thoughtful contributions. 

On June 27, 2019, I was proud to announce the Canadian Rural Economic Development Strategy. It is my great pleasure to share this strategy with you now. You can access it online at https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/rural/strat-eng.html. If you would like a hard copy of the strategy, please do not hesitate to contact us with your mailing address by emailing infc.ruralopportunity-possibilitesrurales.infc@canada.ca.

At the same time, I was also pleased to unveil Canada’s Connectivity Strategy. This strategy is our plan to ensure that, over time, all Canadians have access to affordable, high-speed internet, no matter where they live. It also commits to improve cellular access where Canadians live and work, and along major highways and roads. Canada’s Connectivity Strategy can be found online at Canada.ca/get-connected.

Together, these strategies advance the priorities you and many other rural Canadians outlined by putting people, places, and partnerships at the centre of rural economic development. The Rural Economic Development Strategy responds to the diverse challenges that rural communities identified, while enabling sustainable economic growth.

I truly believe that the best way to learn about what’s important to rural Canada is to hear directly from the families, entrepreneurs, and the leaders in our country’s vibrant rural communities. Thank you for sharing your insights as we develop a foundation for a prosperous, competitive and thriving rural Canada.

Yours sincerely,

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Rural Economic Development


Cut Red Tape | Alberta.ca

posted June 26th, 2019

The link below takes you to the Alberta Government website about the above mentioned subject. Please review and forward on

To those you feel will find it of value.

Excerpts:

  • Red tape makes government bigger and opportunity smaller. We’re cutting unnecessary red tape by one-third to reduce costs, speed up approvals and make life better for Albertans and businesses.
  • If you’ve come across a government process that’s too complex, takes too long, serves no purpose, or is duplicative or wasteful, we want to know about it.
  • To cut red tape, we’re asking businesses, organizations and all people to point out unnecessary regulations and share ideas on which regulations should be improved, kept or scrapped.

Please click this link…………  https://www.alberta.ca/cut-red-tape.aspx

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


InnoTech Alberta Field Day Invitation

posted June 18th, 2019

Please review the attached information and forward on to those you feel will find it of value…………………………………..

 Join some of the province’s leading agricultural researchers in Vegreville on Thursday, July 25, 2019, for a Field Day. You will learn about many of the exciting, potentially game changing projects we are doing on behalf of Albertans and have opportunities to discuss your challenges with us over delicious beef-on-a-bun.

 Details are in the attached invitation.  We look forward to seeing you!

2019 Field Day Invitation Vegreville

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Funding Opportunity Capital projects funding: Green Municipal Fund

posted June 7th, 2019

Below is a link that takes you to an funding opportunity from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.(FCM)

Excerpt:

  • FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) finances capital projects that improve air, water, and land and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • We offer a range of funding for capital projects related to energy, transportation, waste, water and brownfields. 

Please note the deadline for energy, waste, water and transportation capital project is August 1, 2019.

Please click this link for all the details………   https://fcm.ca/en/funding/gmf/capital-projects-funding

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta could become a plant-based powerhouse; funding available | Calgary Herald

posted June 6th, 2019

Below is a link to an article that speaks to the above mentioned subject. A conference took place in Calgary highlighting

Opportunities. This sector does offer the Alberta HUB region opportunities.

Excerpts:

  • Alberta could become a global leader in the growing plant-based food sector, but must first transition from being an exporter of raw commodities into a value-added producer.
  • That was one of the messages Tuesday as industry leaders gathered in Calgary for a three-day international conference on the future of food, and the world of plant-based foods and plant protein ingredients.

The points below highlight that the work Alberta HUB is doing in Industrial Hemp present numerous opportunities for businesses.  Our region is fast becoming a leader in hemp production and the value added opportunities it brings.  The hemp picture they use is from the Vegreville area.

  • There are also exciting opportunities to ramp up Canadian production and processing of other lesser-known but high-protein crops such as hemp, camelina and soybeans.       
  • One company that will be applying under the program is Calgary-based Botaneco, which is hoping to access funding to help commercialize the novel oilseeds processing technique it has spent the past five years developing. Botaneco believes its process — which extracts the naturally occurring oil and protein from seeds such as canola, hemp, sunflower and safflower — has a range of possibilities for both the food and personal-care markets.

Please click this link for the complete article………..

https://calgaryherald.com/business/local-business/alberta-could-be-plant-based-powerhouse-funding-available-for-companies-to-grow-sector

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta cities, towns will be able to offer tax breaks to businesses under Bill 7 | Edmonton Journal

posted June 5th, 2019

Alberta cities, towns will be able to offer tax breaks to businesses under Bill 7 | Edmonton Journal

Below is a link to an article that speaks to the above mentioned subject.

Excerpts:

  • Municipalities will be able to offer businesses 15-year tax breaks under changes to legislation tabled by the UCP government Tuesday in the legislature.
  • “I like what I see in Bill 7, (because) it provides much-needed flexibility for municipalities to be able to work with developers and builders to encourage growth for the entire community,” said Shaver.
  • “I like what I see in Bill 7, (because) it provides much-needed flexibility for municipalities to be able to work with developers and builders to encourage growth for the entire community,” said Shaver.
  • Currently the Municipal Government Act allows municipal councils to cancel, refund or defer all or a portion of property taxes only in the case of financial hardship. Councils can also offer incentives to encourage the development of brownfield properties (previously developed property no longer in use).

Please click this link for the article……….

https://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/cities-towns-will-be-able-to-cut-tax-breaks-for-businesses

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Cleanfarms Named Recycling Pilot Program Operator

posted June 4th, 2019

Please review the information below about the above mentioned project.

Please note:

Cleanfarms has asked that all interested sites go to their website at https://cleanfarms.ca/alberta-ag-plastic-recycle-it-program/ to register interest in becoming a site.  You will hear from Tammy Shields and/or other staff from Cleanfarms in the following weeks about the site selection process.  An in-person information session for collection sites is also being scheduled for the last week in June.

I apologize if I have duplicated this information for you.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Funding  AAFC funds youth employment in Ag

posted June 4th, 2019

Below is a link to an article that speaks to the above mentioned funding opportunity.

Excerpts:

  • Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced this new investment yesterday at the Centre des Moissons. The Youth Employment and Skills Program will provide funding to employers across the agriculture sector to hire Canadian youth, ages 15 to 30.
  • The new program will provide 50 per cent of funds, up to $14,000, towards costs associated with hiring youth. For not-for-profit organizations, and applicants who hire Indigenous youth or youth facing barriers, the program will provide 80 per cent of total eligible costs, up to  $14,000.

Please click this link for the article………….

https://www.greenhousecanada.com/news/aafc-funds-youth-employment-in-ag-32972?custnum=965852&title=Executive+Director&utm

This link takes you to the funding program (details)………………
The application period is open from June 3 to July 26, 2019, at 11:59 am Pacific Time.

Projects may start as early as April 1, 2020.

https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/youth-employment-skills-strategy-program.html

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Funding Opportunity Rural and Remote Homelessness Funding

posted May 22nd, 2019

Please review this information and forward on to those you feel will find it of value…………………..

Call for Proposals Now Open – Rural and Remote Homelessness Funding

The Alberta Rural Development Network (ARDN) is currently accepting funding applications from organizations interested in obtaining financial assistance for projects specific to meeting the needs of homeless and at-risk people living in rural and remote areas in the province of Alberta. Project activities must take place outside of the “Seven Cities” in Alberta (Edmonton, Calgary, Red Deer, Lethbridge, Grande Prairie, Medicine Hat, and Fort McMurray). While other projects may be considered, priority will be given to projects that provide supports and services that:

  • reduce individuals’ risk of homelessness;
  • ensure stable living arrangements for those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless (including utilizing a “Housing First” approach, if possible);
  • provide support to help ensure that people who are homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless can stabilize their circumstances and move beyond emergency needs;
  • conducting data collection, such as point-in-time counts or homelessness estimation counts;
  • introduce supports to improve health, parenting, education, life skills, and employment outcomes;
  • create longer‑term solutions, especially supports and tools that help develop stable living arrangements, as well as facilitate permanent arrangements and economic integration for homeless individuals;
  • utilize or encourage a local or regional shift towards a “Coordinated Access” system;
  • prepare a community to address homelessness.

Projects utilizing this funding will start no earlier than October 1, 2019 and can be any duration (ie. 3 months, 1 year, 4.5 years, etc), but must be completed no later than February 29, 2024. Project pre-planning may begin as soon as a contract is signed between the organization and ARDN, but funds cannot be expensed until October 1, 2019. Projects funding capital investments are eligible.

For full details, application forms, and a Guide to the CFP including project eligibility, please click here. The application deadline is Friday, June 28, 2019 at 11:59 pm Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).

To discuss your project idea or for more information, please contact Jonn Kmech (Program Manager) at programs@ardn.ca or 780-862-8118 (please call only between 9 am to 5 pm weekdays).

This project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Funding  Tourism  Canadian Experiences Fund

posted May 21st, 2019

Provincial and federal government organisations are not eligible.

Eligible projects will support the growth and diversification of the tourism sector. These activities may include:

  • Planning and development of tourism products and services: improving or designing new tourism services and products such as tours, special events and festivals;
  • Market readiness training: working with tourism associations to provide training to businesses to market their products, adopt foreign payment systems, manage cultural differences, etc.; and
  • Creating or improving tourism facilities: physical assets used by tourists such as trails, campgrounds, and shelters.

More information

Contact us at dec.tourisme.ced@canada.ca for additional information regarding the Canadian Experiences Fund

Please click these links for additional information……………..

https://indigenoustourism.ca/corporate/president-and-ceo-keith-henry-joins-launch-of-new-federal-tourism-growth-strategy/?

https://www.dec-ced.gc.ca/eng/targeted-support/cef/index.html

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Bayer Fund Opportunity Scholarship | Bayer Crop Science Canada

posted April 18th, 2019

Below is a link to the details on the above mentioned subject.

Excerpt:

The Bayer Fund Opportunity Scholarship Program is available to Canadian high school students who are enrolled in their final year of high school as of May 31, 2019 and eligible to graduate from high school in 2019. Those eligible for a scholarship must be planning to enroll at a Canadian post‑secondary institution (degree or diploma) in a first-year agriculture, food science or culinary program.

Please click this link for the details…………….
https://www.cropscience.bayer.ca/Our-Company/ScholarshipInformation/Opportunity-Scholarship

Please forward on to those you feel will find this of value.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


City of Cold Lake   Contracting Opportunities in the Lakeland

posted April 6th, 2019

Please review the information below and attached and forward on to those you feel will find this event of value. (Attached is a poster)

Grow your business.

An exciting opportunity for the Lakeland is being presented in Cold Lake.

Designed for businesses, “Contracting Opportunities in the Lakeland” is a one-day conference that will outline and break into how to conduct business with the government. With a special speaker from the Federal PSPC Office of Small to Medium Enterprises – Prairie Region, business owners will gain first-hand knowledge about working with this level of government.

Seating is limited for this unique opportunity. Get your tickets today through Eventbrite.ca. All tickets will include lunch.

Additional information:

Link to tickets: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/contracting-opportunities-in-the-lakeland-tickets-59453188086

Questions? Contact: city@coldlake.com

 I do apologize if I have duplicated this information for you.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB    FCC Women Entrepreneur Loan Program

posted March 19, 2019

Please review the information below and forward on to those you feel will find it of value…………

Here is a new Federal loan program announced this week:  FCC Women Entrepreneur Program.  It is being delivered by Farm Credit Canada, and is available to women involved in agriculture and agri-food.  https://www.fcc-fac.ca/en/we-finance/agriculture/women-entrepeneur-program.html 

Lorrie McFadden. P.Ag., C.I.T.P.
Senior Industry Development Officer
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada/ Government of Canada
New Lorrie.McFadden@canada.ca / Telephone: 780-495-2119/ Facsimile: 780-495-4504

Agente principale du développement de l’industrie
Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada/ Gouvernement du Canada
New Lorrie.McFadden@canada.ca / Téléphone: 780-495-2119 / Télécopieur: 780-495-4504

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


FREE INFORMATION EVENT

posted March 19, 2019

Are you a New, Existing or Expanding Business?
FREE INFORMATION EVENT
April 4, 2019 – 7-9pm
Upstairs Meeting Room, Ag Complex, Smoky Lake
Our FREE information night will have valuable information and insights from our presenters as well as time for you to get answers on your questions on resources for your business!
Learn about the services offered to businesses in your community!


Alberta HUB  Funding Opportunity  Municipalities score with rec center retrofits | Alberta.ca

posted March 15, 2019

The Government of Alberta is providing $9 million under the Climate Leadership Plan to help municipalities cut energy costs and emissions by upgrading their recreation facilities with energy-efficient technology. The Recreation Energy Conservation Program provides up to $750,000 per municipality, and all municipalities in Alberta are eligible to participate.

Please click this link for the details…………..

https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=63696E22A2683-CAD1-E64F-2B81A918B09AEF76

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB      Federal Funding Settlement Program and Resettlement Assistance Program

posted February 28, 2019

Below is a link to the details on the above mentioned program.

Call For Proposals 

 Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has now opened up their 2019 Call for Proposals for Settlement & Resettlement Assistance Funding.

This call for proposals process will create a full set of Settlement Program and Resettlement Assistance Program services across Canada that will be in place for the next 5 years. 

Funded projects will start on April 1, 2020, and will run up to 5 years, or end no later than March 31, 2025. You can apply for funding under the Settlement Program and/or

Resettlement Assistance Program but you must submit separate proposals for each program.

Deadline to submit applications is April 12, 2019.

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/partners-service-providers/funding.html?utm

Please forward on to those you feel will find it of value.

Sinceely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB  Opportunity   Grants now available for Alberta Culture Days

posted February 22, 2019

Albertans have the chance to discover, experience and celebrate arts and culture in their communities during Alberta Culture Days, Sept. 27–29.

Grants are open to cultural organizations, non-profit groups, venues and facilities, school and community groups, First Nation and Métis settlements, and post-secondary institutions. Eligible community organizations can apply for one of the following:

  • up to $10,000 for three days of programming as a Feature Celebration Site
  • up to $5,000 for two days of programming as a Host Celebration Site
  • up to $1,000 for one day of programming as a Pop Up Celebration Site

The deadline to apply is April 4

Please click this link for the details.
https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-culture-days-grant.aspx

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB   Capital projects funding: Green Municipal Fund

posted February 2, 2019

Below is a link to the information on the above mentioned subject.

Excerpt:

  • FCM’s Green Municipal Fund (GMF) finances capital projects that improve air, water, and land and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

              We offer a range of funding for capital projects related to energy, transportation, waste, water and brownfields.  

Deadline for energy, waste, water and transportation capital projects: March 1, 2019  

Please click this link for the details…  https://fcm.ca/en/funding/gmf/capital-projects-funding

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB   Lamont County Industrial Hemp Workshop February 7

posted January 23, 2019

The Lamont County Industrial Hemp Workshop is coming up February 7 at the St. Michael Recreation Centre (18 km NE of Lamont).

Please review the first attachment regarding registration with the second attachment being the agenda for the day.

Please forward on to those you feel will find this of value.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB    Funding Opportunity

posted January 22, 2019

The FCC AgriSpirit Fund is about enhancing rural communities. If your organization is raising money for a capital project
(construction of or upgrades to a hospital, medical centre, childcare facility, rink, sports plex, etc., purchase of fire and rescue equipment)
and your community has less than 150,000 people, your project may qualify for a donation between $5,000 and $25,000

Applications are open March 1 to 29, 2019

Please click this link for the details …….. https://www.fcc-fac.ca/en/in-your-community/giving-back/fcc-agrispirit-fund.html

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB  Community Generation Capacity Building | Now Accepting Applications

posted January 15, 2019

Please review the information below on a funding opportunity and forward on to those you feel might find this of value.

Keep in mind that……………….

Funding will be awarded following the receipt and evaluation of all applications received on or before February 22, 2019, by 5:00pm

(MST) via e-mail at CGCB@efficiencyalberta.ca.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com

“Hello,

We are reaching out to you, as you expressed interest in Community Generation through our Community Generation Online Resource Hub. We are writing to inform you that Energy Efficiency Alberta and the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) have partnered to launch the Community Generation Capacity Building (CGCB) Program and applications are now open!

The purpose of the Community Generation Capacity Building Program is to provide funding for projects with activities focused on the pre-development of a specific community generation facility or enabling the development of community generation projects through partnerships and tools.

Learn more about the program and the application process here.

Are you looking to learn more? Join the CGCB webinar on January 18, 2019, at 11 AM.

If you have any questions, please contact us at CGCB@efficiencyalberta.ca.

Thanks,

Energy Efficiency Alberta”


Alberta HUB    SAVE THE DATE Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor Local to Global Forum

posted January 14, 2019

Alberta HUB along with PEP is proud to announce that the next Local to Global forum is taking place March 6, 7 and 8, 2019 in Medicine Hat. Last year’s very successful Local to Global took place in Vermilion (Alberta HUB region) and now moves to PEP’s region.

Please review this poster for all the details concerning registration and hotel accommodations.

The agenda will be sent out shortly as we confirm additional speakers.

The topics that are covered include Broadband, Transportation, Agriculture (Hemp/Cannabis)  and Market access.

We have confirmed Aurora Cannabis as well as True North Cannabis as speakers.

Please let me know if you have any questions……………………………………….

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB    Opportunity  CFB Cold Lake

posted January 11, 2019

Further to the work/report Alberta HUB has done on the Aerospace Technology and Defense and the opportunities it presents below is a link to the Merx website providing information on planned “construction” activities. The specific notice at this link is an Advanced Procurement Notice.
Excerpt:

Purpose of this Advance Procurement Notice
This is not a bid solicitation.  This is an advance notice of potential projects with anticipated security requirements to provide interested contractors
and consultants an opportunity to apply for security clearances.  Note that there is no guarantee that these projects will proceed.  

Overall program value is estimated at $15,000,000.00, with the maximum value of any individual project $5,000,000.00. It is anticipated that the procurement for these projects will be initiated in the period of April 1, 2018 through March 31, 2019. 

This is conditional on the project receiving approval to proceed by DND.

 Although this is for the 2018-19 year which will end as of March 31, 2019 companies should plan and obtain security clearance in order to bid on future projects.

 Please click this link for all the details………… https://www.merx4.merx.com/public/solicitations/732815572/abstract    (click on see more)

Note:  When you are on this website you can arrow back to other opportunities.
Please forward on to those you feel will find this of value.

Any questions please let me know.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB  Lamont County  Industrial Hemp Workshop Update

posted January 9, 2019

Registration is now open for the Industrial Hemp Workshop coming up February 7, 2019
in Lamont County at St. Michael Hall. This event is for Producers with a focus on Hemp Production and Connecting to New Markets
Topics Include:
• Different varieties of  hemp
• Best practices for seeding, harvesting and handling
• Securing contracts for seed and fibre
• License requirements
• Market demand
• Industry/business presenting 

Please review this poster. for registration details and forward on to those you feel will find this of value.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell
www.albertahub.com


Alberta HUB   Funding opportunity  Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program

posted January 5, 2019

first posted December 8, 2018 – scroll down

Please review the following information and forward on to those you feel will find it of value.

The Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program stream supports businesses at various stages of development, including high-growth firms, wanting to accelerate their growth, scale-up, and be more productive and competitive in both domestic and global markets. It offers interest-free funding to western Canadian companies.

Through BSP, we are placing greater emphasis on helping firms in priority areas to commercialize products/ services, scale-up, improve productivity, and develop and expand into new markets.

BSP applications must support one of these priorities:

  1. Clean Technology
  2. Clean Resources
  3. Life Sciences
  4. Value-added Agriculture
  5. Advanced Manufacturing
  6. Digital Technology

Please click this link for all the information about………………… BSP.


Alberta HUB Funding  Apply for STEP now

posted January 5, 2019

Let STEP Help Your Business

Last summer, almost 1,400 employers benefited from the Summer Temporary Employment Program (STEP) by providing about 3,050 students with valuable work experience.

Summer 2019 is right around the corner. Why not give your workforce a boost by hiring a STEP student? Providing a student with meaningful work experience helps bridge the gap between education and the workplace, and sets them up for success in the future. If you are eligible, STEP offers a wage subsidy of $7 per hour.

In 2019, all STEP applications must be submitted via the Labour Workforce Grants Portal. This online application is an easier and more efficient way for employers to apply to STEP.

Applications are being accepted now. The application deadline for STEP 2019 is Friday, February 8, 2019. For further details, visit alberta.ca/STEP.

Commerce Place, 4th floor
10155 – 102 St.
Edmonton, AB T5J 4L6


Alberta HUB    Canada Summer Jobs  Funding

posted December 27, 2018

CANADA Summer Jobs (CSJ)
Canada summer jobs is an initiative of the Youth Employment Strategy to provide wage subsidies to employers from not-for-profit organizations, the public-sector,
and private sector organizations with 50 or fewer full-time employees, to create quality summer work experiences for young people aged 15 to 30 years.
There have been changes announced to this year’s program.
For more information, please visit their website https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/services/funding/canada-summer-jobs.html.
Application deadline is January 25, 2019.

Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
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Alberta HUB   Growing Industrial Hemp Workshop Lamont County

posted December 27, 2018

Please review the linked poster and “Save the Date”.   February 7, 2019

An event for Producers.

Please forward on to those you feel will find this of value.

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Bob Bezpalko
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Alberta HUB   Funding opportunity  Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program

posted December 8, 2018

Please review the following information and forward on to those you feel will find it of value.

The Government of Canada has announced the:

The Business Scale-up and Productivity (BSP) program stream supports businesses at various stages of development, including high-growth firms, wanting to accelerate their growth, scale-up, and be more productive and competitive in both domestic and global markets. It offers interest-free funding to western Canadian companies.

Objectives of BSP

  • help firms with high growth potential to scale up and expand
  • support demonstration and the commercialization of new technologies
  • encourage the early adoption or adaptation of leading-edge technologies and processes to improve productivity
  • increase businesses’ capacity to grow through market diversification and entry into global markets

Applications must support one of these priorities:

  • Clean Technology
  • Clean Resources
  • Life Sciences
  • Value-added Agriculture
  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Digital Technology

Please click this link for additional information….  https://www.wd-deo.gc.ca/eng/19762.asp

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Bob Bezpalko
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Alberta HUB   Broadband  CRTC funding 2019  CRTC reveals criteria for $750M broadband fund for rural internet access

posted November 26, 2018

Further to the funding that is expected from the CRTC regarding “broadband” development………………….

This link takes you to an article on the upcoming CRTC funding where they are starting to reveal their criteria.

Excerpts:

  • When it starts accepting and evaluating applications in 2019, the CRTC will favour projects that build backbone infrastructure and fixed broadband over mobile access, which it expects will more readily be served by market forces. It intends to place higher value on projects with a lower cost per household.
  • It will not discriminate based on an applicant’s size or whether it is public, private or non-profit, meaning any player from a First Nations band council to the Big Three can apply.

https://business.financialpost.com/telecom/crtc-reveals-criteria-for-750m-broadband-fund-for-rural-internet-access

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Bob Bezpalko
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Alberta HUB     Putting power in the hands of communities | Alberta.ca

posted November 26, 2018

At the RMA convention taking place in Edmonton, the following announcement was made………

The province is making it easier for communities to develop their own renewable energy projects.

  • In response to the growing demand for renewable energy, the Government of Alberta is investing $200 million in Climate Leadership Plan funds over 20 years to launch a new Community Generation Program. The initiative will support the installation of locally generated electricity projects. It will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, spur investment, diversify local economies and support local jobs.
  • Community generation enables neighbours, community groups, municipalities, agricultural societies, rural and urban co-ops, universities, schools, Indigenous communities and other groups to partner on small-scale renewable energy projects such a wind, biomass, hydro or solar that provide community benefits.

For the complete press release please click this link..
https://www.alberta.ca/release.cfm?xID=620855BF8D8B3-9B90-88C9-FD9330F8A9406D44

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Bob Bezpalko
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Alberta HUB    Alberta increases rebate rates for installing solar panels | Edmonton Journal

posted November 11, 2018

Please review this information and forward on to those you feel will find it of value……….

Excerpts:

  • The province is boosting solar power rebate rates for homeowners and doubling the cap on returns for businesses that install solar panels.
  • Energy Efficiency Alberta has pegged rebate rates for homeowners at $0.90 per watt, marking a 15 per cent increase, with a cap of $10,000. Non-profits will receive $1 per watt, totalling a 25 per cent increase, and businesses maintain a rate of $0.75 per watt.
  • Last month, the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) extended funding for the Alberta Municipal Solar Program (AMSP), which had an initial grant of $5 million in 2015. The province has invested an additional $7.5 million.

The program funds municipalities connecting to the grid, with 28 involved so far.

Please click this link for the short read………….
https://edmontonjournal.com/news/politics/alberta-increases-rebate-rates-for-installing-solar-panels

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Bob Bezpalko
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Alberta HUB    New Energy Efficiency Education Grant Program

posted November 08, 2018

Please review the information below and forward on to those you feel will find it of value. Please note the program is accepting applications until midnight (MST) on Saturday, December 15

Use this link: https://albertaecotrust.com/energy-efficiency-education-grant-program/

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Bob Bezpalko
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Alberta HUB    Feds earmark $1.5 billion to help smaller businesses adapt to carbon pricing | Calgary Herald

posted October 30, 2018

Below is a very long link that takes you to an article that speaks to the above mentioned subject……….

Excerpts:

  • The federal government expects to spend nearly $1.5 billion helping small and medium-sized businesses adapt to carbon pricing over the next five years — but it will not exempt them from the new carbon tax regime.
  • Darryl Shirley, the company’s owner, said the funding isn’t going to help his business. The company, which has about 60 trucks on the road at the moment, and employs about 80 people, uses more than four million litres of diesel a year.

At $20 a tonne, the price of diesel goes up about 5.5 cents a litre, adding more than $221,000 to Shirley’s fuel costs. In 2022 when it rises to $50 a  tonne, or 13.7 cents on a litre of diesel, the bill will rise to $554,171.

Please click this link for the complete article…….
https://calgaryherald.com/pmn/news-pmn/canada-news-pmn/feds-earmark-1-5-billion-to-help-smaller-businesses-adapt-to-carbon-pricing/wcm/6e738ef6-ba8d-41cd-8d85-ead18201a44b

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Bob Bezpalko
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Alberta HUB Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program | Alberta.ca

posted June 20, 2018

Below is information on the above mentioned funding opportunity.
I hope you find this of value.

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Bob Bezpalko
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https://www.alberta.ca/investing-canada-infrastructure-program.aspx

Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program

Organizations can apply for funding to support infrastructure projects that build prosperous communities and transition to a clean economy.

Pages in this section:

Overview

The governments of Canada and Alberta are working together to make long-term infrastructure investments that will create economic growth, sustain well-paying jobs, build inclusive communities and support a low carbon, green economy – leading to a higher quality of life for all Canadians.

Through the federal government’s Investing in Canada Infrastructure Plan, Alberta will receive $3.39 billion over the next 10 years. These projects will be cost-shared with the Alberta government, municipalities and other partners.

Funding streams

Eligible organizations can apply for funding under the following streams.


Alberta HUB  –  RMA  Scholarship opportunity

posted May 8, 2018

Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) Post-Secondary Scholarship Program

The RMA Scholarship Program is designed to encourage young rural Albertans to pursue further education, and thereby enhance the ability of these young people to make meaningful contributions to their communities in subsequent years. A scholarship in the amount of $1,000 is presented to one successful applicant from each of the five districts.
Learn more…

Thanks to Soren Odegard Chair of Alberta HUB for sending this along.

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Alberta HUB  Information  Cannabis | AGLC

posted March 10

Below is a link to the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission website providing information on Cannabis.

I hope you find it of value……………………………

Please click this link ……..   https://aglc.ca/cannabis

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Bob Bezpalko
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Alberta HUB Federal Funding Program Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities: BioHeat, Demonstration & Deployment Program Streams

posted February 28th, 2018

Below is a link to a Federal Funding program based on the above mentioned subject………………….

Excerpts:

This program is seeking proposals to reduce the reliance of rural and remote communities on diesel fuel for heat and power.

Program streams:

BioHeat to reduce fossil fuel use through the installation, retrofit or investigation into the feasibility of biomass heating or combined heat and power systems for community and/or industrial applications.

Innovative demonstrations to reduce diesel use through the validation of novel renewable energy, energy efficiency, energy storage, and smart-grid technologies and applications.

Deployment of renewable energy technologies for electricity including hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, and bioenergy. Heat may also be produced, but the primary purpose of the project must be electricity production.

There is a separate call for preliminary proposals for Capacity-Building Activities to support development and delivery of knowledge and skills in an effort to reduce diesel dependency that go beyond a specific project.. https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/science/programs-funding/20477

Please click this link for all the details…………………….

https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/science/programs-funding/19791?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=tweet&utm_campaign=greeninfrastructure&utm_content=off_diesel

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Bob Bezpalko
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Alberta HUB     Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

posted January 12, 2018

Below is a link to funding information on the above mentioned subject…………..
Excerpts:
The Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative will help fund internships for post-secondary graduates and high school students working in the agriculture industry. These internships would include activities or projects that benefit the environment.
Funding is available through the following two streams:

Green Farms Stream: Farm operators could receive up to a maximum of $10,000 per youth intern, 30 years old or younger, including high school students to implement projects that are environmentally beneficial.

Green Internships Stream: Employers in the agricultural sector but not directly on farm could receive up to a maximum of $16,000 per post-secondary graduate intern to undertake environmental activities, services or research that will benefit the agriculture sector.

Please click this link for the details……………
http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/programs-and-services/list-of-programs-and-services/agricultural-youth-green-jobs-initiative/?id=1459879253586

Please forward on to those you feel will find this of value.
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