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EMPLOYER FEES ARE ILLEGAL

Employers and Employment Agencies cannot charge employees fees for a job or employment offer. If an employer is charging workers a fee of any kind, call the Alberta Government Information Line at 310-0000 and ask for Employment Standards or the Temporary Foreign Worker Advisory Office.

RRS UPDATES:

Rural Renewal Stream Program resumes effective July 3, 2024.

We’re excited to announce that the Town of Olds will resume participation in the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program’s Rural Renewal Stream to assist our local businesses fill ongoing labour demands. Employers are encouraged to check back often for the latest status updates ahead of the July 3, 2024 reopening.

Employers are responsible to ensure they meet all updated criteria at the time of submission. Partially completed applications are subject to all criteria changes up until the date they are submitted.

Effective August 30, 2023 the following changes have been made to the Olds RRS Program:

Ineligible ALIS Occupation Codes

Olds will no longer endorse candidates in the following ALIS occupation codes: 

6311 – Food Service Supervisors 

6513 – Food and Beverage Servers 

6711 – Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and related support occupations 

Minimum Salary Requirement

Due to the high cost of living in the area, Olds will only endorse candidates who have a job offer with a starting wage of $18.00/hour or more. 

Olds College of Agriculture and Technology Employer Job Board

The College has a centralized online portal called OCWorks Job Board for employers to post jobs and receive updates regarding employment events on campus. The jobs posted are accessible to all students enrolled in certificate and diploma programs and will continue to be even after graduation. Visit https://ocworks.oldscollege.ca/employer.htm to register your business to take advantage of this exclusive local recruitment resource. 

Effective August 1, 2023 the following changes have been made to the Olds RRS Program:

Residency Requirement

Residency Requirement – Olds will only endorse candidates meeting the eligibility criteria who currently reside in Canada and hold a valid work permit. Employers must submit a copy of their candidate’s work permit as part of the application process. 

Note:  Employers can still recruit out-of-country for jobs they cannot fill locally but cannot make an application to the Olds RRS Program until their selected candidate is legally residing in Canada on a valid work permit. 

Employer Application Limit

Employer Application Limit – Eligible employers can recruit up to a maximum of 25% of their full-time workforce. Businesses with one to three full-time employees are entitled to submit one application.  

Note:  Full-time work is defined as a minimum of 30 hours per week. 

Key Information for Employers Section

Key Information for Employers Section – Job Posting Criteria has been updated to add Canada Job Bank https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home to the list of mandatory job platforms employers must advertise on for a minimum of 60 days. 

Application Review Committee

Application Review Committee – A maximum of eight RRS Employer Applications will be reviewed by the Committee each month. Applications will be selected for review in the order they are received in our system. Once eight applications have been received the RRS Employer Application portal will be closed until the next month. 

Embracing Rural Renewal - A girl immersed in her laptop at an airport, representing the Rural Renewal Stream Program's connectivity and opportunities for remote areas
Family participating in the Rural Renewal Stream program, settling in Olds, Alberta

Introduction:

Looking for a fresh start in a vibrant small town in Alberta? Welcome to Olds! Nestled in the heart of Alberta, Olds boasts a thriving, welcoming, and tight-knit community, rich with opportunities for those yearning for a new beginning. As a proud participant in the Rural Renewal Stream of the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program, we provide qualified foreign workers a unique pathway to immigrate to Alberta as provincial nominees, with the full backing of our municipal government.
The Rural Renewal Stream empowers the Town of Olds to assist local businesses in fulfilling their labor demands. This remarkable program allows employers recruiting foreign job seekers to request a community endorsement, significantly speeding up the immigration process for fitting candidates. Immerse yourself in the warm and engaging community of Olds, relish the picturesque rural views, thriving economy, and a vibrant culture. Olds is indeed a haven for those pursuing an enriched life in Alberta.

Key Information: Employers

To qualify for the Rural Renewal Stream (RRS), employers must meet the following criteria:

Eligibility Criteria
  • The company must be incorporated, registered under an act of a provincial, territorial, or the Parliament of Canada and operate a business with an established production capability in Alberta.
  • Offer full-time employment (continuous, 12 months or more) that aligns with the Rural Renewal Stream criteria defined by the Government of Alberta and the Community Partnership.
  • Possess a valid Town of Olds Business License Number.
  • Have a clean record with no violations documented by Alberta Health Services in the last 12 months (applies to Restaurant and Food Services only).
  • No Occupational Health & Safety complaints in the last 12 months.
  • Satisfy all eligibility criteria under the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program’s Rural Renewal Stream before extending an offer of employment.
Ineligible Occupations and Job Offers

The Government of Alberta defines certain occupations and job offers as ineligible for the Rural Renewal Stream. For a complete list, please consult the program guidelines.

 

Olds will no longer endorse candidates in the following ALIS occupation codes: 

6311 – Food Service Supervisors 

6513 – Food and Beverage Servers 

6711 – Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and related support occupations 

Minimum Salary Requirement

Due to the high cost of living in the area, Olds will only endorse candidates who have a job offer with a starting wage of $18.00/hour or more. 

Support Resources

Employers must show understanding and responsibility of creating a welcoming environment for newcomers. We encourage prospective employers to review resources such as “The Employer’s Roadmap; Hiring & Retaining Internationally Trained Workers” by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and “Attracting and Retaining Immigrants: Employers Guide” by Alberta Employment & Immigration and Central Alberta Economic Partnership.

A Safe and Welcoming Workplace

A safe and welcoming workplace creates an environment where all employees are valued, included, treated with respect, and reasonably free from physical and psychological danger. A safe and welcoming workplace can be created by:

  • Including 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 both for 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, that help to set newcomers up for successful integration into the workplace and community.
    For more information on safe and welcoming workplaces, visit alis.ca.
Job Posting Criteria

Before submitting a RRS Employer Application, employers hiring to fill a vacant position must advertise an ‘Active’ job posting on the Canada Job Bank,  Indeed.com , and  Mountain View Careers for a minimum of 60 days. This ensures an employer has made a reasonable effort to recruit and hire locally.  As part of the RRS application process, employers are required to: 

  • submit their Employer Dashboard from these job posting platforms to confirm the date the job was posted and the total number of candidates that applied 
  • provide the number of candidates interviewed and the reasons why they were not found suitable  

Note:  Employers must continue local recruitment efforts during the RRS Employer Application review process. All job postings must remain active during this time.  

Employer Fees are Illegal

Under no circumstances are Employers or Employment Agencies allowed to charge employees fees for a job or employment offer. All costs incurred for the RRS Program are the sole responsibility of the Employer and cannot be recovered from your eligible candidate. Employers who charge employees fees of any kind will be reported to the Alberta Government. 

Discussing Rural Renewal Stream Opportunities in Olds, Alberta

Key Information: Candidates

To qualify for the Rural Renewal Stream, candidates must meet the following criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the Rural Renewal Stream and work in the Town of Olds, candidates must meet a series of criteria, receive an offer for a full-time, permanent position from an eligible employer, get endorsed by the Olds Rural Renewal Partnership, and apply using the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program portal. Prior to applying for an employment opportunity, candidates are encouraged to review, understand and ensure they meet all eligibility requirements under the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program. There are requirements for:
– Job Experience
– Education
– Language
– Financial Security Candidates are responsible for ensuring they meet the eligibility criteria of the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) Rural Renewal Stream. Your application will be declined if you do not meet the criteria. Submission of an application or nomination by the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program does not guarantee you will be issued a permanent resident visa. Those who do not meet the eligibility criteria will not progress through the program. Candidates that are currently living in Canada are only eligible if they have valid temporary status in Canada. Once a candidate is confident they meet the eligibility requirements, they may apply for employment.

 

Candidates must receive a job offer from an employer who is based within the Town of Olds and has been approved by the Town under its Rural Renewal Stream Partnership.

Job Offer Requirements

At the time your application is submitted and at the time the AAIP assesses your application, you must have a bona fide full-time job offer or employment contract from an Alberta employer to work in an eligible occupation in the Town of Olds.

 

Your Alberta employer must be incorporated, or registered by or under, an act of the legislature of a province, territory, or the Parliament of Canada and operating as a business that has an established production capability, plant or place of business in Alberta. Your job offer or employment contract must be signed by you and your Alberta employer, and must offer:
– Continuous, paid work in the Town of Olds
– Full-time work, defined as a minimum of 30 hours per week
– Employment for 12 months or more
– Wages and benefits that meet or exceed the lowest starting wage for
your occupation across all industries in Alberta as set out on the Alis website.

Residency Requirement

Olds will only endorse candidates meeting the eligibility criteria who currently reside in Canada and hold a valid work permit. 

Employer Fees are Illegal

Employers and Employment Agencies cannot charge employees fees for a job or employment offer. If an employer is charging you a fee of any kind, call the Alberta Government Information Line at 310-0000 and ask for Employment Standards or the Temporary Foreign Worker Advisory Office. 

Application Process

The Town of Olds is a member of the Innisfail Rural Renewal Stream Community Partnership.

Step 1: Employer Applies to Partnership

Complete and submit your Olds Rural Renewal Stream Employer Application form here.

Step 2: Application Review

Applications will require a 3 6 week review period.

The Town of Olds’ Economic Development Officer reviews the application to establish the employer’s eligibility to participate in the Rural Renewal Stream program. This may include an interview with the employer.

Please Note: Candidates are responsible to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria of the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program (AAIP) Rural Renewal Stream prior to submitting a job application to an employer.

Step 3: Endorsement Letter Request

The Town of Olds advises the Innisfail RRS Community Partnership it has an eligible application and recommends an Endorsement of Candidate Letter be issued.

Please Note: The Innisfail Community Partnership must support the Town of Olds recommendation for a Letter of Candidate Endorsement to be issued. The Town of Olds cannot issue a letter without Community Partnership approval.

Step 4: Endorsement Letter Issued

The Innisfail RRS Community Partnership and the Town of Olds issue a joint Endorsement of Candidate Letter directly to the eligible candidate identified by the employer on their application form.

Step 5: Candidate Applies for Provincial Nomination

Candidate applies for provincial nomination through the Alberta Advantage Immigration
Program portal to receive a 204C letter from the Government of Alberta.

Resources: Directory for Newcomers

Emergencies (Fire, Police, Ambulance)
  • Phone: 911
Child, Youth and Family Programming
Driver’s License
Education
  • Public
    o Pre-Kindergarten- Grade 4
    – École Olds Elementary School
    – 5413 – 53 Street Olds, AB
    – 403-556-8477
    www.oldselementary.ca
    o Grades 5-8
    – École Deer Meadow School
    – 5411 – 61 Avenue Olds, AB
    – 403-556-1003
    www.deermeadow.ca
    o Grades 9-12
    – École Olds High School
    – 4500 – 50 Street Olds, AB
    – 403-556-3391
    www.oldshigh.ca
  • Catholic
    o Pre-Kindergarten- Grade 8
    – Holy Trinity Catholic School

          – 6610 – 57 Street Olds, AB

          – 403-556-9444

          –www.holytrinitycatholic.ca

Employment
Family and Community Support Services
  • Social programs that are preventive in nature to promote and enhance well-being among individuals, families, and communities (Volunteering, Great Neighbours program, seniors programming etc.)
    o  (403) 556-6981 
    o [email protected]
    o https://www.olds.ca/fcss
Food Bank
General Information
  • Phone: 211 (Interpretation Available)
Health

           o In-person: Airdrie Registry
           o 128 Edmonton Trail NE Airdrie, Alberta 
           o 403-948-6018 
           o https://www.airdrieregistry.com/

Library
Settlement Support Services

FAQ: RRS Program

Is an Employer able to nominate a current employee for the RRS Program?

Yes. An employer may nominate a current employee who has been working for their business for a minimum of 60 days. The candidate must hold a valid work permit and meet all the RRS eligibility criteria set out by the Government of Alberta. Employers will need to submit the original job offer letter to confirm the date of hire. The 60 day job posting criterial is for employers hiring to fill a vacant position.

What are some job posting site options for employers looking to advertise online and/or research information to assist with their Labour Gap Analysis?
Does Olds College of Agriculture and Technology have an Employer Job Board?

The College has a centralized online portal called OCWorks Job Board for employers to post jobs and receive updates regarding employment events on campus. The jobs posted are accessible to all students enrolled in certificate and diploma programs and will continue to be even after graduation. Visit https://ocworks.oldscollege.ca/employer.htm to register your business to take advantage of this exclusive local recruitment resource. 

Can Invest Olds or the Innisfail RRS Community Partnership answer specific immigration questions regarding applications or candidates?

No. Up-to-date information on the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program and the Rural Renewal
Stream program, including candidate eligibility, document requirements, and more can be found on the
provincial website.

Am I able to contact AAIP by phone?

Yes. AAIP Phone number is 780.644.7534. AAIP staff will respond to program inquiries and provide clarity on processes for clients.

Does the RRS program have a provision to extend a work visa, or issue a temporary work visa, for an applicant who has submitted an AAIP application and is awaiting a decision?

No, the RRS program does not have that type of provision. The applicant may have a lapse of time with no work permit, but this is not an issue as long as their work permit was still valid at the time they submitted their AAIP Application via the online portal.

Is there a limit to the number of eligible candidates an employer can submit RRS applications for to staff one business?

Yes.  Eligible employers can recruit up to a maximum of 25% of their full-time workforce. Businesses with one to three full-time employees are entitled to submit one application.  

Note:  Full-time work is defined as a minimum of 30 hours per week.

Does the Town of Olds maintain a list of eligible employers?

No. Employer eligibility will be confirmed as part of the 3 to 6-week application review process.

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