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CAWD - We Connect You With The Workforce You Need

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). 

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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 Me As An Employer?

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

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  • Employers can be eligible to receive up to $5,500 for training and development supports (which can include wage subsidies due to mandatory training) 

  • Employers will participate in social justice training to better understand the barriers people from marginalized communities face and how they can support their employees 

  • Employers will engage in clean economy training and have an opportunity to develop an action plan 

  • Participate in optional workforce training Community Leadership Program 

  • Access to the new consortium for Rural Community Workforce Development Data Portal 

  • Invitations to community job fair events and workforce development activities

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 to hire locally

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