A joint communication from the Town of Blackfalds, the Town of Sylvan Lake, the County of Red Deer, and the City of Red Deer
Regional Approach to Economic Development Revealed
A new Regional Labour Force Profile has been developed for central Alberta as a collaborative effort by the Town of Blackfalds, the City of Red Deer, Red Deer County, the Town of Sylvan Lake and the Province of Alberta – Ministry of Labour and Immigration.
The profile will provide superior labour force information to businesses that are considering growth, expansion, or new development or markets, as well as to prospective entrepreneurs and companies thinking of locating in or starting up in the region.
“We can better support and encourage appropriate workforce development intiaitives when we work together. In this case each of the four communities contributed $4,000 to the project to match the funds secured through the provincial Labour Market Partnership Program (LMP).”Jennifer Hartigh, Project Lead
“Having accurate and up-to-date labour information is often a key factor when new employers are choosing locations, or when existing employers want to expand. We’re pleased to be able to partner with municipalities to help provide this critical intelligence for central Alberta as part of our commitment to create jobs and expand our economy.”
Jason Copping, Minister of Labour and Immigration
The area that the four communities represent accounts for 226,396 Albertans, 68% of whom are of working age. This Regional Labour Profile is an important resource to help the region continue to grow, and sustain both the businesses, and families, that call this region ‘home’.
Please refer to the attached Regional Profile for detailed information.
- In 2018, Economic Development Officers from the communities of Blackfalds, Red Deer, SylvanLake and Red Deer County approached the provincial Ministry of Labour to partner on a project resulting in the creation of a Regional Labour Force Profile. The communities were lacking in- depth and current data to share with businesses interested in expanding or diversifying or for investors, educational institutes, and entrepreneurs to use in creating and forecasting business plan development.
- In late 2018, the Ministry of Labour awarded an LMP grant to the Town of Blackfalds, as the project leader and administrator.
- Each partnering municipality contributed $4,000 toward the project, and by doing so was able to leverage $31,250 in LMP funding from the Province of Alberta and the Government of Canada.
- Data for the Regional Labour Profile was acquired from several sources, including: 2001 to 2016 federal Census from Statistics Canada, the Canadian Business Registry – 2013 and 2018, SuperDemographics 2018 from Manifold Data Mining Inc., EMSI Analyst 2018 Q3, and local municipal census data as available. Consultation with relevant stakeholders also informed the information included in the Regional Labour Profile.
- Conversations with representatives from Olds College, Red Deer College, Burman University, Express Employment, and Manpower were used to confirm the skills and labour data acquired, and also to uncover opportunities to develop new programming to meet the needs of the regional business community.
Region At A Glance
- The region accounts for 226,396 Albertans, of whom 68% are of working age (15 to 64).
- Residents have an average employment income slightly lower than the provincial figure (-4%); however, more than half of the population between the ages of 25 to 64 has completed some form of post secondary education.
- The regional economy, which grew by 5% between 2013 and 2018, sustains over 119,000 jobs. The region boasts a higher participation and employment rate compared to the rest of the province.
- When looking at the number of jobs versus the number of workers in the region, a large surplus of workers was found within the following occupational groups:
- o trades,
o transport and equipment operators
o law, social, community and government services.
- Residents with the skills and talent to work in these occupations may work outside the region. Conversely, the region has a gap of approximately 270 workers to support natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations. This gap is likely filled by workers coming in from outside of the region.Attached you will find the Regional Labour Profile. For local profiles, contact the municipalities directly.
Attempted Robber learns not to mess with patrons at the Blackfalds Motor Inn
From Blackfalds RCMP
Blackfalds RCMP lay charges following robbery attempt
On Nov. 1, 2019 the RCMP took one male into custody following an attempted robbery at the Blackfalds Motor Inn. The male is facing several criminal code charges and the investigation into the incident continues.
At 12:42 a.m., the RCMP responded to a 911 call that a male fired a shot in the bar and that he was being held by bar patrons after he attempted to rob the bar. Responding officers took the adult male into custody and launched an investigation.
It was determined that one shot appears to have been fired, but not towards any person. Another shot from the gun was discharged during a struggle for the gun. Nobody in the bar was injured from either of the gun shots.
27-year-old Ryan Allan Bell from Red Deer is charged with 14 criminal charges, most being firearms related. They include discharge firearm while being reckless, careless use of a firearm and using a firearm in the commission of an offence.
He remains in custody and is next scheduled for court in the Provincial Court of Alberta in Red Deer on Nov. 7, 2019.
The investigation into this incident remains ongoing.
Province announces a new High School for Blackfalds and plans for a new Middle School in Red Deer
From the Province of Alberta
Building schools for the future
Following through on its commitment to continue building new schools, the province has announced 25 new school projects.
The Budget 2019 capital plan supports 15 new schools, including brand new high schools in Calgary, Edmonton, Leduc, Blackfalds and Langdon. Six schools are slated for replacement and four will receive modernization or additions. Together, the 25 projects will receive $397 million.
“We made a promise to Albertans that our government will continue to build new schools, and we are doing exactly that. Through our significant investment in new schools, replacements, modernizations and infrastructure upkeep, our children will continue to learn in up-to-date and safe spaces. This will result in better success in our classrooms. The future is bright for Alberta students.”
“These 25 projects confirm our government’s commitment to continue to build schools across the province. Alberta Infrastructure will continue to deliver key infrastructure projects to build prosperity for Albertans.”
Budget 2019 also includes $1.4 billion over four years to continue work on previously announced school projects across Alberta, which includes $123 million for about 250 new modular classrooms to address the most urgent needs for additional space across the province. There are more than 60 projects underway in the province. Twenty-seven are expected to be open for the 2020-21 school year, and the remaining projects are in various stages of planning and construction.
The province will also provide $527 million to school divisions for plant operations and maintenance to support the day-to-day upkeep of school facilities. Additionally, $194 million will support the capital maintenance and renewal of existing school buildings through the Infrastructure Maintenance and Renewal Program.
“I am pleased that the government chose to make this announcement here in Calgary-North East. Students and families in my community will be relieved to hear that they will be getting the new high school we have needed for a long time. I’m proud that this critical funding was included in Budget 2019, as this was one of my first and most important motivations for why I wanted to represent Calgary-North East at the legislature.”
“On behalf of our students and the Calgary Board of Education, we would like to thank Minister LaGrange and Minister Panda for this important investment in school capital. We are pleased they chose to come to Calgary to make this provincial announcement and look forward to new CBE schools that will benefit students in north Calgary and in the growing community of Auburn Bay.”
The 25 capital projects are:
|Community||School Authority||Project Type/Name|
|*Beaumont||Conseil scolaire Centre Nord (Greater North Central Francophone Education Region)||new school (K-12)|
|*Blackfalds||Wolf Creek Public Schools||new high school (9-12)|
|Buffalo Head Prairie||Fort Vermilion School Division||Blue Hills Community School addition & modernization|
|Calgary – Auburn Bay||Calgary Board of Education||new elementary school (K-4)|
|Calgary – Auburn Bay||Calgary Board of Education||new middle school (5-9)|
|Calgary – north||Calgary Board of Education||new high school (10-12)|
|Carstairs||Chinook’s Edge School Division||Carstairs Elementary School addition|
|Cochrane||Calgary Catholic School District||new elementary/junior high school (K-9)|
|Condor & Leslieville||Wild Rose School Division||David Thompson solution modernization/replacement|
|*Edmonton – south east||Edmonton Public Schools||new high school (10-12)|
|Edmonton – Windermere-Keswick||Edmonton Public Schools||new elementary/junior high (K-9)|
|*Edmonton – Heritage Valley Town Centre||Edmonton Catholic Schools||new high school (10-12)|
|Edmonton – Windermere/Keswick||Edmonton Catholic Schools||new elementary/junior high (K-9)|
|*Fort Chipewyan||Northland School Division||Athabasca Delta School modernization/replacement|
|*Grande Prairie||Peace Wapiti School Division||Harry Balfour School replacement|
|*Langdon||Rocky View Schools||new junior/senior high school (7-12)|
|*Leduc||Black Gold School Division||new high school (10-12)|
|Legal||Conseil scolaire Centre Nord(Greater North Central Francophone Education Region)||new elementary/junior high school (K-9)|
|Morinville||Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools||Morinville Community High School CTS modernization|
|Morrin||Prairie Land School Division||Morrin School replacement|
|Peace River||Conseil Scolaire du Nord-Ouest(Northwest Francophone Education Region)||École des Quatre-Vents replacement|
|*Red Deer||Red Deer Catholic Regional Schools||new middle school (6-9)|
|Smoky Lake||Aspen View Public Schools||H.A. Kostash replacement|
|*St. Albert||St. Albert Public Schools||Bellerose Composite High School addition & modernization|
|Whitecourt||Living Waters Catholic Schools||new elementary school (K-3)|
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