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Information for Employers

Information for Employers

Is your business in Drayton Valley looking to fill job vacancies? Hire qualified candidates from outside of Canada through the Rural Renewal Stream.

The program fills local labour gaps by endorsing employers and job seekers to fast-track immigration for eligible candidates.

Employers are integral in the success of the Rural Renewal Stream program. To apply, fill out the Employer Application form here.

Learn everything you need about the Rural Renewal Stream below. Questions about the program or your application? We’re happy to help. Please contact us here.

To qualify for the Rural Renewal Stream, employers must:

  • Be incorporated, or registered by or under, an act of the legislature of a province, territory, or the Parliament of Canada and operate as a business that has an established production capability, plant, or place of business in Alberta.
  • Offer full-time employment (continuous,12 months or more) that meets the criteria of the Rural Renewal Stream as defined by the Government of Alberta and the Town of Drayton Valley, including wages and benefits that meet or exceed the lowest starting wage for this occupation across all industries in Alberta as set out on the ALIS website.
  • Have a valid Town of Drayton Valley Business License.
  • Not be in violation of any federal or provincial regulations.
  • Not have any Occupational Health and Safety complaints within 24 months prior to applying and be in good standing.
  • Not have any health violations through Alberta Health Services within 24 months prior to applying and be in good standing.
  • Be in good standing with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
  • Demonstrate that you or your business have knowledge of the employer’s responsibilities with respect to federal and provincial immigration laws and regulations.
  • Demonstrate that you have satisfied program requirements to fill the position within Canada and the outcomes of your efforts. A Labour Market Impact Assessment is not required, but demonstrated efforts to recruit locally, provincially, and nationally is required. To qualify for Town of Drayton Valley Rural Renewal Stream program, the employer must demonstrate the position has been posted for a minimum of two weeks.
  • Demonstrate that you have a welcoming workplace and are aware of the risks of recruiting newcomers to the workplace and community.
  • Agree to work with the Town of Drayton Valley to advance newcomer success in our community.
  • Meet all eligibility criteria prior to issuing an offer of employment.

Some occupations and job offers are not eligible for the Rural Renewal Stream. Review the complete Government of Alberta guidelines to determine if your vacant position qualifies.

A critical element of the Rural Renewal Stream is ensuring that new employees receive a warm welcome when they arrive in the Town of Drayton Valley. To ensure that all newcomers enjoy an ideal experience, employers are required to demonstrate knowledge of their responsibilities for welcoming the newcomers and providing a warm and friendly environment. To prepare to greet your new employees, we encourage you to review these helpful resources:

The Employer’s Roadmap; Hiring and Retaining Internationally Trained Workers | Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Attracting & Retaining Immigrants: Employer Guide | Alberta Employment & Immigration and Central Alberta Economic Partnership

As an employer, you are responsible for providing a safe and welcoming workplace to newcomers. A safe and welcoming workplace is an environment in which all employees are valued, included, treated with respect, and reasonably free from physical and psychological harm.

A safe and welcoming workplace can be created by:

  • Providing appropriate onboarding and training, establishing policies and procedures that clearly outline the company’s culture and values, defining performance expectations, and providing equitable opportunities for professional growth and/or advancement.
  • Maintaining a work environment that prohibits all forms of harassment, discrimination, and racism by ensuring that effective policies are in place for both reporting and responding to any incidents that may occur.
  • Recognizing that newcomers may require additional levels of support upon arrival, such as language or skill building, a community orientation, and/or a mentorship program, to set newcomers up for successful integration into the workplace and community.

For more information on safe and welcoming workplaces, visit alis.ca.

Questions about applying for the Rural Renewal Stream in Drayton Valley?