HR in a Box Series 2, Session 1

Edmonton ECVO September 26, 2017

HR in a Box Returns this Fall! ECVO, in partnership with the Talent Pool, is delighted to bring back last fall’s HR in a Box series. Series 2 will reinforce the foundational information shared in 2016 but with a problem solving focus. Case studies will be at the core of the 2017 sessions to help you implement practical solutions in your everyday HR practices.

HR in a Box will continue to share best practices and innovative solutions designed to help organizations of all sizes build knowledge and capacity. A new roster of HR experts, the usage of a video reference library, and highly interactive problem solving discussions, will enable you to implement solutions rapidly and effectively.

The series will include this cycle, theee dynamic sessions. Register for one session or the entire series

Managing Mental Health in the Workplace – Rights and Responsibilities

Edmonton: October 3, 2017 (early rate deadline September 12)
Calgary: October 5, 2017  (early rate deadline September 14)

This workshop provides a roadmap to help leaders participate in conversations with employees who may require support and accommodation when experiencing difficulties related to mental health

Free Webinar – Compassion Fatigue Assessment + Framework + Strategies

In this class, you will learn:

1) The difference between Compassion Fatigue, Compassion Satisfaction, Vicarious Trauma, Burnout and Sustainable Caring

2) Your levels of compassion satisfaction, burnout and secondary traumatic stress (vicarious trauma). You can download a compassion fatigue assessment as soon as you register for the class.

3) How you move through the phases of compassion fatigue

4) What happens once you get to burnout

5) What to do if you have any signs of compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma or burnout

6) What Caring Safely™ is all about

6) Open Q&A

Webinar Dates:
September 4th, 13th, and 30th
October 15th and 28th.

Free Webinar for Health Care Providers/Managers, Helping Professionals, Social Workers, Teachers and Caregivers/Volunteers

Hosted by: Charlene Richard, B.S.W, M.S.W, RCSW, Compassion Fatigue Specialist and Founder of Caring Safely™

Have Your Say – Alberta Launching a Review of Occupational Health and Safety System

Alberta’s Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Act sets the minimum standards for workplace health and safety, and outlines the roles and responsibilities of employers and employees. While there have been small changes over the years, the act has not been thoroughly reviewed since 1976.

“All workers deserve healthy and safe workplaces from their first shift through to retirement. Alberta workplaces and the nature of Albertans’ work have changed significantly during the past 40 years. We need to make sure the province’s laws and best practices are helping keep Albertans safe at work.”

Christina Gray, Minister of Labour

The review will examine the OHS Act, as well as compliance, enforcement, education, engagement and prevention efforts in Alberta’s OHS system. It will also clarify employer and worker responsibilities, improve worker engagement and maintain Alberta’s strong focus on illness and injury prevention.

Along with an online survey and written submissions, the review will include roundtable sessions with employers, employees, academics and health and safety associations.

Albertans may participate in the review by completing an online survey at and by sending written comments or submissions to Submissions will be accepted until Oct. 16, 2017.  

National Conference on Disability and Work in Canada Ottawa from November 27 – 29, 2017

The conference will take place in Ottawa from November 27 – 29, 2017. This multi-stakeholder gathering will celebrate progress in the employment of persons with disabilities in Canada and develop a vision and strategy for the years to come. This conference is organized by CCRW, ONIWG, Inclusion NL, and CRWDP.

The Mental Health Experience in Canada’s Workplaces: What’s Your Experience?


The Globe and Mail and Morneau Shepell online survey (The Mental Health Experience in Canada’s Workplaces: What’s Your Experience?) collected information about the mental health experience of Canada’s work force, such as: the types of issues (physical and mental health); how people cope with their issues; therapy options; mental health stigma; how organizations support staff with a mental health issue, and the impact of mental health issues on work experience and missing work. They’re leaving the survey open so the one in five workers with a mental health issue who has not participated yet can add their voice to this conversation. You can participate in the survey by clicking on this link.

See More OHS

The Conference Board of Canada Survey Findings: The Power of Appreciation: Rewards and Recognition Practices in Canadian Organizations

In the summer of 2016, The Conference Board of Canada surveyed Canadian organizations on their rewards and recognition programs, practices, and budgets. The Power of Appreciation shares the findings of that survey, including the types of programs in place, rewards given, cost, and areas of successes and challenges.

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Changes to the Canada-Alberta Job Grant – more incentives to Train Employees

The Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) is an employer-driven training program where employers and government share the cost of training new and existing employees to increase their knowledge and skills to meet the needs of Alberta’s changing economy.

NEW: CAJG now offers more training incentives to employers

  • 100% of training cost covered for eligible unemployed hires (up to $15,000) with incremental training requirement waived
  • Sole proprietors can now train their employees using CAJG
  • Assistance on travel costs for small and medium-sized organizations (outside of Edmonton and Calgary) when training is over 100km one way

Check the CAJG Applicant Guide for details.

(To view other nonprofit grants Click Here)

The Conference Board of Canada – New Report Well-Being in The Workplace

Mental Health and Well-Being In The Workplace: What Works and Why It Makes Business Sense is a newly released report created by The Conference Board Inc. This 29-page report is informed by discussions, literature reviews, and round table events with academics, consultants, and companies known for their impressive well-being programs. It provides recommendations and resources for those looking to begin a well-being initiative at their organization or increase the momentum of a current program, and it includes examples of successful initiatives, the rationale behind their project initiation, and tips for moving the programs forward.
To order your copy of this report for $220, please call 1-866-242-0075, or email me at

Government Receives WCB Review Report July 6, 2017

An independent review panel has presented the province with recommendations to modernize Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) and better serve Albertans. The WCB system provides no-fault benefits and supports a safe return to work for injured workers. The last comprehensive review of the WCB system was conducted more than 15 years ago. The 189-page report includes 60 recommendations to government.  The WCB review was launched in March 2016 as part of the Government of Alberta’s formal review of agencies, boards and commissions. It also included the Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers’ Compensation and the Medical Panel Office.

Alberta Care Worker Safety Focused Inspection Program June 8 and September 30, 2017.

Dear Members,

Alberta Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) announced a Care Worker Safety Focused Inspection Program which will take place between June 8 and September 30, 2017.

The program’s goal is to ensure workers and employers in the sector are aware of their rights and responsibilities to help create healthy and safe workplaces.  View the Care Worker Stakeholder Presentation 2017 ppt, that OHS presented to us which is quite informative and explains what they are going to be doing, the rationale and the how.

If you have any questions please contact Cathy Mitchell.

contractor with ALIGN at Thank you.

Benefits Canada on Wellness Programs

Have your say: Is it time for employers to pull back from focusing on wellness? June 6, 2017

Sanofi survey finds drop in employee satisfaction with health benefits

2017 Sanofi Canada health-care survey

Younger workers more willing to make trade-off in benefits plans May 25, 2017

How to support Generation Z employees

017 Group Benefits Providers Report: Insurers playing a role amid rising emphasis on mental health

Fewer workplace cultures encouraging health and wellness: Sanofi survey

Employers take creative approach to wellness programs on ‘shoestring’ budgets

Employers should embrace generational differences in the workplace: survey

Employee expectations, employer offerings don’t match up: report

CCVO – Bill 17 Modernizes Alberta’s Workplace Legislation, But Not Without Costs

Bill 17 Modernizes Alberta’s Workplace Legislation, But Not Without Costs  May 25, 2017 CCVO News
The Fair & Family Friendly Workplaces Act was introduced yesterday in the Alberta Legislature. The proposed bill puts forward significant changes to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code. The Employment Standards Code currently impacts the nonprofit sector more than the Labour Relations Code, and remains the focus of our work during the review of workplace legislation. Both nonprofit employers and employees will be significantly impacted by the changes. While changes to the Employment Standards Code will make strides in establishing a healthy workforce in Alberta’s nonprofit sector, the adjustments have financial and human resource costs as well as operational impacts for employers. Higher standards for overtime and job-protected leaves will put pressure on the way some nonprofits operate…

CCVO Register Now – Boland Survey of Nonprofit Sector Salaries and Human Resource PracticesGoes Live on June 1, 2017!

The Boland Survey of Nonprofit Sector Salaries and Human Resource Practices
From June to September, The Boland Survey collects data from any registered charities or nonprofit organizations that has employees in Canada. The survey results are available in October and provide:

Annual salaries and annual rates for employees in the nonprofit sector for a variety of positions
Salary trends and predictions
HR benefits and practices
CEO data

The Boland Survey has provided the Canadian nonprofit sector with compensation data for 20 years. Human resource professionals, executive directors/CEOs, and board members look to the regional reports for annual data on salary trends and predictions, benefits, and human resource practices needed to make informed compensation decisions. This is the only survey in Canada that includes annual and equivalent hourly rates for the nonprofit sector.

Be part of the 2017 Survey! When you participate, your nonprofit becomes part of a robust data set that benefits your organization as well as many others across the sector. It’s a win for employers, employees, and the sector as a whole when organizations can make meaningful comparisons and predictions on their salary and human resource practices.

Want to learn more?
Register for the FREE webinar on Thursday, June 15 at 11 am MDT (1 pm EDT) for a one-hour introduction to the Survey that highlights changes for 2017 and provides tips to ensure accurate data entry.

Bill to Modernize Alberta’s Workplace Legislation

Alberta News Release Bill to Modernize Alberta’s Workplace Legislation May 24, 2017
Proposed amendments to Alberta’s Employment Standards Code and Labour Relations Code would support family-friendly workplaces and bring Alberta’s standards into alignment with the rest of Canada…

Alberta Human Services Workplace Health Survey

Welcome to the 2nd round of the human-service agency Workplace Health Survey of the Healthy Workplaces for Helping Professions (HWHP) project. The purpose of this survey is to gather information about the overall health (in terms of wellness and well-being) of the human services workplace in Alberta. The human services workplace comprises agencies from child and family services, child and youth counselling, home visitation, disabilities services, and women’s shelters.

The first round of the survey was conducted in October 2015. Results of this survey have been used to help the HWHP Project (, our partner agencies, and the Government of Alberta identify new resources and update current ones to help human services professionals keep their workplaces and their workers healthy, engaged, and productive. This information also helped human-service agencies develop their own wellness initiatives and make their workplace wellness culture stronger. This final survey aims to find out how agencies have made wellness a priority in their work, and how these efforts of agencies have turned into better well-being of their employees.

Please take about 15 minutes to evaluate the health of your current workplace. Your participation in this survey is vital in assessing workplace health and evaluating project impacts.

This survey meets the requirements for and has received approval from the University of Alberta Human Research Ethics Office. The survey is entirely anonymous.

CCVO Submission to Alberta Labour On the Workplace Legislation Review

Employers and employees in the nonprofit sector will be affected by any changes made to Alberta’s Workplace Legislation. This month, CCVO provided input for consideration(PDF) to shine light upon the experience of the nonprofit sector. Proposed changes to overtime standards and eligibility requirements for job-protected leaves are particular areas of challenge for nonprofits. CCVO strongly encourages Alberta Labour to afford organizations ample lead time to adjust to new standards, and establish a robust education and training program to support nonprofit organizations during the transition.

Human Service Worker Wellness and Safety Bulletin April 2017

ALIGN Association of Community Services knows our member agencies make employee safety and wellness a priority so here is a helpful  collection of research, tools and training that can support you in that effort.  At the bottom of this bulletin you will find direct links to the related ALIGN online directories where you can access additional resources.

WJS Presents Workplace Investigation Workshop

Presented by WJS June 22-23, 2017 Edmonton

Learn how to respond to a workplace claim or complaint
without compromising a subsequent investigation.

At the end of this course participants will be able to recognize when a workplace investigation is warranted and be able to conduct an investigation properly and protect the outcome. The course is delivered in two full-day workshop-style sessions. The facilitator is specialized in delivering training and workshops for a variety of organizations in private, public and non-profit sectors.

The training sessions will be highly interactive. Presentation and explanation of the legislative/regulatory environment and detailed investigation strategies will be complemented by large and small group discussions and role-playing exercises based on materials and information gathered by WJS and relative to agencies that provide social services. Participants will have the opportunity to apply their newly acquired knowledge and techniques to practical scenarios and situations.

An increasing number of legal, privacy and other factors make it critical to form an appropriate response to a wide range of workplace claims and concerns.

View WJS Workshop Page To Register

ALIGN Executive Director Update Re: Alberta Budget 2017

March 19, 2017

Dear members:

Last week the government announced Budget 2017.  We have been capturing the relevant information for you and placing it on our website.  There will be more analysis this week but we thought we would share what we have learned to date.

This budget for Children’s Services and Community and Support Services basically is a maintain status quo budget for both ministries. Any increases that are mentioned are to meet current needs.  No increases or forecasted increases.

In Children’s Services most increases went to growth caseload areas; financial and support agreements and advancing futures bursary funds.  The 60 FTE’s announced are to be put into the system in these growth areas.  Exactly where is still to be determined.

Senior staff are optimistic that funds will come with future recommendations made by the Child Intervention Review Panel.

We have had conversations about procurement, contracts, and moving forward with the Minister and senior executives.  With the splitting of the ministries it has been a bit confusing about who will address the procurement table recommendations.  We have made it very clear that this activity needs to receive focus and cant wait for panels.  We are assured that discussions are underway to figure out a way forward for services in child intervention.

We also  feel it is very important that the Panel get an accurate picture of the entire system and recommendations for improvement. Please review the minutes and live casts. The meetings are open to the public.  I would encourage you to attend or at least listen to it.  If you feel an area needs to be highlighted please send in a submission.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email or call 780 485-3580

Rhonda Barraclough ALIGN Executive Director March 19, 2017

AB Government Grant – Funding Helps Improve Workplace Safety

The Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Innovation and Engagement Grants program will provide $667,000 for 33 projects during 2017. Projects include OHS-related seminars, conferences, developing education materials and providing training programs

Healthy Workplaces Conference October 2017

Healthy Workplaces Conference 2017

Mark your calendars! The Healthy Workplaces Conference 2017 will occur on October 13, 2017 at the Lister Centre, University of Alberta. This province-wide conference will showcase the final results and provide tools for developing and implementing sustainable workplace wellness programs for non-profit human service agencies. Participation is open to all human services agencies in Alberta

As leaders and employees in the nonprofit human-services sector of Alberta, you are invited to participate in a province-wide educational and resource/networking conference marking the completion of the Healthy Workplaces for Helping Professions project that ALIGN has been participating on (See below).  Join us for an exciting day of project results, policy framework descriptions, workshop opportunities, and professional networking.

Topics:  Employee engagement and wellness

Keynote:  Dr. Graham Lowe, “Redesigning Work to Support a Vibrant Workforce — Lessons for Human Services.”

Date:  Friday, October 13, 2017

Location:  Lister Centre, University of Alberta, 11613 87 Avenue NW, Edmonton AB

Time:  8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Cost:  $95 (Early bird before June 30), $125 Regular fee (All prices include the registration fee, coffee breaks and lunch.)

Conference Brochure

Conference Registration Web Page


The Healthy Workplaces for Helping Professions Project

Share Your HR Strategy Story

Share your story on innovative HR strategies being used successfully by nonprofit organizations across Canada for a chance to win up to $500 in team-based professional development for your nonprofit organization. They’ll also be turning the best stories into a range of video, audio and social media content, giving you and your organization national exposure.

Newly Released 2017 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report

Charity Village – Newly released 2017 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report reveals current compensation trends
Compensation at nonprofits across the country continues to rise slowly for some nonprofit professionals, according to the new 2017 Canadian Nonprofit Sector Salary & Benefits Report. To better understand nonprofit compensation, we surveyed more than 1,000 participants who represented more than 14,000 individual employees from nonprofits across Canada. The results are gathered in our 2017 salary and benefits report, now available for online purchase.

Boland Survey Non-for-profit Salaries

Custom Cuts: Annual and hourly salary tables for one or more positions, with a sample based on a specific list of organizations (region, subsector, organization size, or as generated by you). Custom cuts start at $150 and can be purchased by anyone.
Custom Analysis: Require more detailed work on salary or benefits? We can connect you with compensation expertise to customize the survey data to meet your needs.


Workforce Alliance: Cross Association Workforce Survey

The Alberta Government: Workforce Alliance was launched in April 2012 to address support for a stable and sustainable workforce that meets the needs of children, families and adults with disabilities. It consists of government representatives and service providers, who work together to create a long-term plan for the workforce.

Alberta Human Services Workforce Alliance Strategic Plan – (2013 and revised 2016)
Building the Social Services Workforce of the Future April 2013 Submitted by: Human Services Workforce Alliance

ALIGN Workforce Alliance Update October 2016
ALIGN was previously requested by the Workforce Alliance to complete a cross association workforce survey but it is unclear at this time if this will proceed as it seems to be less of a government priority following reorganization of the Ministry

The Extent of the “Main Associations Contracted” Sector Prepared by Boles Consulting May 2015
A significant component of the nongovernment social service sector, including non-profit and for-profit agencies, enters into contract and grant funded agreements with the Ministry of Human Services to deliver services to vulnerable individuals and families. Most of the agencies hold membership(s) in one or more of 4 associations which commit to supporting their efforts and promoting the delivery of quality services. The group of agencies is identified here as the “Main Associations Contracted” sector and referred to as the “MA Sector” or “Sector”. The 4 associations, their members, and the Ministry of Human Services have a collective interest in describing the Sector…

AASCF (ALIGN) Review of Provincial Budget 2015
The Workforce Alliance continues to work as a joint government and community committee that gives advice to the Ministry on issues of workforce. WE sit at that table and continue to advocate strongly for a healthy viable human services contracted workforce

AASCF (ALIGN) 2014 Membership Survey Results & Analysis Boles Consulting
Includes data on impact on wage increases, workforce turnover, retention and recruitment and related workforce information.

AASCF (ALIGN) Annual Report 2013/2014
Workforce Challenges/ Issues and Efforts to Date
The Workforce Alliance remains a viable committee. At this time it is considering what a healthy workforce is and what it can do to work towards developing that. Currently a literature review of this area is underway and some data is being gathered to draw a picture of the sector including the agencies that sit within AASCF, ACDS, AWSA, AHVNA. This is collaborative work that is being conducted with government input as well.

Over the past year the focus has been on wage increases, contracting and looking at ways to make contracts more consistent and flexible, and training in various parts of the sector.
Wage increases:

Generally speaking in 2012/2013 there were $1500.00 bonuses for front line delivery staff and a 5% increase in wages. There was some variation on this in certain sectors. At the time it included Women’s Shelters, Child and Family services contracted agencies and agencies contracting to provide PDD services, and brain injury providers

AASCF (ALIGN) Membership Minutes 2013
Workforce Alliance – This is a provincial committee because the Premier and ministers decided this sector is important and they need to deal with our issues and concerns.  Even though there was a bad news budget they kept their commitment.  The work that needed to be done couldn’t be done without this sector.  We have come a long way in the last 5 years.The agencies will be given the task on how the wage increase money will be allocated.  There is another wage increase year but accountability and responsibility comes with the money.  As they continue to invest money in this sector they need information from us on what a difference the increases are making.  We will be sending out a survey to gather this information.  Operational costs have been discussed is a separate issue.

Alberta Workforce Updates & News
AB Human Services Contracting
ALIGN Reports
Provincial Budgets

Health, Wellness and Safety in the Child and Family Services Sector

Health and Wellness Update

Healthy Workplaces Research Team Meeting Tue May 30, 2017 9am – 12pm

Preview preliminary survey results
Review Conference plans
Review end-of-project plansIt appears that our original goal to “influence” provincial wellness policy needs to be altered: we want to “be” provincial wellness policy. This means that we need to undertake a campaign to encourage the Ministry of Labour to take up our Healthy Workplaces Framework as its recommended framework. To do this we need your help to develop a clear strategy with action items for the rest of the year. Your contribution is vital, as it has been throughout the entire project.

Survey Open Now! – 2nd Round
Workplace Health Survey of the Healthy Workplaces for Helping Professions (HWHP) project.

Healthy Workplaces Intervention Framework: We are beginning to see a framework that we can make available to non-profit human-services sector agencies in 2017.

Now Open for Registration – The Healthy Workplaces for Helping Professions

Healthy Workplaces Conference 2017

Mark your calendars! The Healthy Workplaces Conference 2017 will occur on October 13, 2017 at the Lister Centre, University of Alberta. This province-wide conference will showcase the final results and provide tools for developing and implementing sustainable workplace wellness programs for non-profit human service agencies. Participation is open to all human services agencies in Alberta

As leaders and employees in the nonprofit human-services sector of Alberta, you are invited to participate in a province-wide educational and resource/networking conference marking the completion of the Healthy Workplaces for Helping Professions project that ALIGN has been participating on (See below).  Join us for an exciting day of project results, policy framework descriptions, workshop opportunities, and professional networking.

Topics:  Employee engagement and wellness

Keynote:  Dr. Graham Lowe, “Redesigning Work to Support a Vibrant Workforce — Lessons for Human Services.”

Date:  Friday, October 13, 2017

Cost:  $95 (Early bird before June 30), $125 Regular fee (All prices include the registration fee, coffee breaks and lunch.)

Conference Brochure

Conference Registration Web Page


Five Ways to Reduce Stress at Human-Services Work. Ideas from participants of our Be a Wellness Leader Workshops to make the office a place you want to go every day.

Wellness Program Ideas for Your Workplace. Our infographic lists wellness program ideas suggested by participants of our Be a Wellness Leader Workshops. Any wellness initiatives must be developed based on and evaluated against the Five Wellness Pillars, following the Wellness Cycle.

The Healthy Workplaces Framework Infographic. 

The Healthy Helping Cycle  Healthy Helping Cycle This article explains the relationship between the process of client assistance and health and the growth of a vibrant, healthy organization.

Be a Wellness Leader Workshop Slides.  Take good notes

Health Risk Daily Assessment This tool provides a way for front-line staff to assess risks on a daily basis.

The Helping Cycle this tool provides a way for front-line staff and supervisors to assess risks in specific situations and to find ways to grow challenges into strengths rather than hazards into stress.

Welcome to the Be a Wellness Leader Workshop.
The following items have been developed by the Healthy Workplaces Project Team members and tested at conferences and in the Winter 2016 BWL Workshop Series. They are presented here for the use by non‐profit human‐service agencies in Alberta. There is no charge for their use and they are presented “as is.” The workshop is intended to be a half‐day or 2‐3 hour format and presenters can adjust the time to the situation. There is no cost for the materials.

Workplace Health and Wellness-The Next Step in Workplace Productivity
Presented at ALIGN Chapter Meeting, Norwood Centre, November 5, 2016

Learning From Employees The Healthy Workplaces Research Summary Report By Thomas Barker, Project Lead Hoa Tran, Research Coordinator July, 2016 (ALIGN Partnership)

See OHS Library


Statistics Canada Study – Employer Support of Volunteering 2016

Statistics Canada Study Employer Support of Volunteering 2016
Employer support plays a key role in the volunteering habits of many working Canadians. A new study, based on the 2013 General Social Survey on Giving, Volunteering and Participating, found a positive correlation between employers who offered a workplace conducive to volunteering and employees’ volunteering rates. While the link between employer support and volunteering hours had been established previously, this study adds insight by going beyond just those who volunteer. By doing so, it provides a broader picture of the entire working community, including non-volunteers.

New Report on Employee Absences 2016

The report, Addressing Employee Absences, quantified and analyzed work absence data from Statistics Canada, along with looking at the absence management programs and policies of 370 organizations. Average absence rate 8.9 days in 2015: Report Unionized employees average 13.1 days…

Alberta Government – New Resources For Lay Offs 2016

Alberta Learning Information Services

Thinking About Layoffs? What you need to know before letting people go This book is for employers, managers, supervisors and business owners who are considering layoffs.

Creating a New Future: The Job-Loss Workbook This book provides help to employees who have been laid off and are looking for support, advice, and tips to help get back on their feet.

Employment Termination Checklist

Wage Freezes for Alberta Agencies, Boards and Commissions 2016

Wage Freezes for Alberta Agencies, Boards and Commissions The freeze will be in effect for two years, beginning April 1, 2016. The freeze applies to all agencies, boards and commissions listed under Alberta’s Public Agencies Governance Act. List of agencies, boards and commissions impacted