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What is CAWD?

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 (CAWD) is an initiative to pilot economic diversification strategies that focus on community-led workforce planning models that focus on upskilling and reskilling, wrap-around supports, and work placements for people from marginalized communities.

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How the Community Action for Workforce Development Program Works

The Community Action for Workforce Development (CAWD) Program is looking for both employers looking to hire and workers who are looking for a new job or to upskill or reskill to another job. The project is focused on workers whose identify factors are from marginalized communities (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).

Employers are supported by obtaining wage subsidies (up to $5,500 per new or promoted employee) for training and development of their new employee and new employee are eligible for wrap around supports that can include transportation, childcare, technology, additional training etc.

This program supports employers and employees who have hired/been hired between June 1, 2023, to February 29, 2024. The wage subsidies and wrap around support will be provided until the project concludes on March 31, 2024. 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.


The Community Action for Workforce Development team will work with both employers and workers to find a suitable job placement match. There are several events planned to meet your match so register to be part of CAWD today.

Additional support for employers and workers is available with social justice training, climate training, mentorship opportunities and regular check-ins.

We're Connecting Employers And Workers

The objective of the Community Action for Workforce Development is to create real, long-lasting change in the Slave Lake Region by supporting employment opportunities and removing barriers for both marginalized communities and local employers. 

  • Employers can be eligible for up to $5,500 in wages and training subsidies. 

  • Employees can be eligible for wrap-around support and professional development opportunities.

Learn More About the Benefits

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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 as well as looking to hire


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