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Communities Leading Regional Recruitment and Retention

Impacts Northern Alberta

RADF Investment: $255,000

Other Investment: $248,000

Total Investment: $503,000

Project Period: January 2009–August 2012

Health Health

Project Description

Support from the Rural Alberta Development Fund enables the Cold Lake region to recruit and retain more highly skilled professionals to northeast Alberta. The program has developed promotions and communications tools to attract professionals and provide specialized resources to support them when they arrive.

The initiative is led by the Cold Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce and involves 23 partners, including local municipalities, businesses, industry, associations, provincial agencies, federal agencies, and individuals in the Cold Lake region.

Expected Outcomes and Benefits                                

All projects go through a selection process to ensure they will improve the quality of life for Albertans. This project meets this objective through the following outcomes and benefits:

  • Development of a program website and recruitment packages
  • Create a multi-community coalition to support recruited professionals and their families
  • Obtain valuable health services information from a professional survey firm
  • Bring doctors, skilled health care workers, and other skilled professionals to northeast Alberta
  • Address and remove issues that cause professionals to choose urban centres over small communities