Information for Employers

Employers play an integral role in the success of the Edson Rural Renewal Stream. If your company is interested in participating in the program, apply by completing the application form and emailing it to Also, to make an appointment to discuss your application, please reach out to the email above.

Eligibility for Participating in the Rural Renewal Stream

To qualify for the Rural Renewal Stream, employers must meet eligibility criteria. Please review the details below.

  1. The company 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.
  2. Have 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 Community Partnership, including wages and benefits that meet or exceed the lowest starting wage for this occupation across all industries and Alberta as set out on the ALIS website.
  3. Have a valid Town of Edson Business Licence (unless exempted).
  4. Not be in violation of any federal or provincial regulations.
  5. Not have any Occupational Health and Safety complaints within the 24 months prior to applying and be in good standing.
  6. Not have any health violations through Alberta Health Services within the 24 months prior to applying and be in good standing.
  7. Be in good standing with Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
  8. Demonstrate that you or your business have knowledge of the employer's responsibilities with respect to federal and provincial immigration laws and regulations.
  9. 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. For the purpose of the Edson Rural Renewal Program, the employer must demonstrate the position has been posted for a minimum of two weeks.
  10. Demonstrate that you have a welcoming workplace and are aware of the risks of recruiting newcomers to the workplace and community.
  11. Must have a place of employment that is zoned for Commercial or Industrial operations (home-based businesses don't qualify)
  12. Agree to work with the Town to advance newcomer success in our community.

Meet all eligibility criteria under the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program's Rural Renewal Stream prior to issuing an offer of employment. Please review the available information carefully

Some occupations and job offers are not eligible for the Rural Renewal Stream. These occupations and offers are defined by the Government of Alberta and as-well include the following:

  • Employers of a home-based business;
  • Employers who do not work on premises in Alberta, such as those who work in a 'virtual' location or serve the employer by telecommuting from a location outside Alberta or the Yellowhead County;
  • Non-residential businesses with a business premise outside the corporate limits of the Town of Edson and Yellowhead County;
  • independent contractors, business owners or temporary agency workers, including individuals listed as directors, shareholders or agents of the Alberta employer on the Corporate Registry System (CORES); and
  • part-time, casual or seasonal employees, regardless of their working hours.

Employers are required to demonstrate knowledge of the responsibilities of welcoming newcomers and providing a warm and welcoming environment. The following are resources that prospective employers are encouraged to review prior to submitting an application.

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