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CAWD - We Connect You With The Workplace

IMPORTANT NOTE: This successful program is now closed. Please visit our Services page to learn how we can better help you or visit our Business Resources to see what resources are available for small businesses.

The Community Action for Workforce Development aims to foster rural economic growth by working closely with community and business leaders and creating sustainable, inclusive, and thriving communities.

The goal of this program is to pilot economic diversification strategies that focuses on community-led workforce planning models that focuses on upskilling and reskilling, wrap-around supports and work placements for people from marginalized communities which includes people who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour), 2SLGBTQIA+, newcomers, older workers (55+), official language minority groups (French), persons with disabilities, women and youth (18-30 years).


Thank you to the community of Slave Lake and the participants of the

CAWD Program for your interest and support. Our Employee CAWD Program

is now full and no longer taking applications.

Diverse group of adults leaning against a brick wall sharing their notes taken on their laptops

Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake Region is committed to supporting local businesses build, grow, and succeed in our community by leading the Community Action for Workforce Development (CAWD) in the Town of Slave Lake and surrounding area.


Supporting employment opportunities and removing barriers for

both marginalized communities and local employers.

How Does CAWD Benefit Future Employees?

Participating in this program has several benefits for business owners/employers:

Two café employees learning a new cash flow system at the counter

  • Wrap around support to ensure employees have the necessities to be successful at work (transportation, childcare, upskill/reskilling training, etc.) 

  • Social Justice training 

  • Mentorship Program 

  • 1:1 Bi-weekly Program check-ins to ensure the employee is fully supported and successful in work placement  

Have Questions? Want to Learn More?

If you would like more information or would like to participate in the Community Action for Workforce Development Program, please contact our Program Manager Noreen Remtulla at or complete the form below to request a callback. 

CAWD Program Has Been Made Possible By: Employers supports will be delivered in collaboration with Community Futures Lesser Slave Lake, Canadian Community Economic Develop Network (CCEDNet), the Community Data Program, and is funded by the Government of Canada’s Community Workforce Development Program.

Community-led workforce program that focuses on rural residents looking for work


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