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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
1-780-614-3715 cell
www.albertahub.com


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.

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 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

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


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

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


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

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


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

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


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/

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


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

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


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.

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

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.

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


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

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


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

Sincerely,

Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715  cell


Alberta HUB   EATC Local to Global Forum – Registration is open  Draft Agenda

posted January 31, 2018

I have attached a copy of the draft agenda for the Local to Global Forum coming up in Vermilion March 7, 8 and 9th.
The forum begins the evening of Wednesday March 7 with a reception at the Pomeroy Hotel and we are waiting
For final confirmation that Minister Bilous will be attending.

This forum is a major event for the Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor initiative a joint partnership between Alberta HUB,
BRAED and PEP (3 regional economic development alliances of eastern Alberta).

The major topics covered include transportation, broadband, renewable energy, agriculture and economic development.
I am very happy to say we have 4 Assistant Deputy Ministers presenting:
ADM Stephen Bull Service Alberta on Broadband development  Rural Focus
ADM Ranjit Tharamalingam Alberta Transportation
ADM Michele Evans Economic Development and Trade
ADM Matthew Machielse  Trade and Investment Attraction Division.

Please review the draft agenda and keep in mind it is subject to change.

Registration is open for the Local to Global Forum coming up in Vermilion March 7, 8 and 9th.

Join Economic Development Practitioners, Government Partners, Educational Institutions, and the Business Community for the full conference to participate in focused dialogue with senior government representatives and our dynamic roster of presenters from across North America.  Come learn about Transportation & Infrastructure Developments, Pipeline Updates, New Opportunities in Value-Added Agriculture, Renewable Energy Development, Export Development …and MORE!!

Please click this link to register……….   https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/local-to-global-forum-tickets-42199874962

More information will be forwarded as it becomes available.

Please let me know if you have any questions 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     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.
Sincerely,
Bob Bezpalko
Executive Director
Northeast Alberta Information HUB
1-780-614-3715 cell
www.albertahub.com
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13 Ways to Kill your community Doug Griffiths

Are you concerned about the future of our rural communities?

Want to be a part of supporting your community to be more prosperous, active and engaged? 

For more information on Doug Griffiths and a taste of his presentation check out www.13ways.ca

 “Our community’s success will be determined more by its people and their determination to succeed than anything else”