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Workforce development consists of activities and efforts to help meet the employment needs of employers and those looking for work. These activities include adult skills training, job placement, and developing partnerships with industry designed to help unemployed individuals gain employment and lower-skilled workers improve their skill levels. In Alberta, the Department of Labour is responsible for the delivery of programs that support the development of Alberta’s workforce.

Objective and Scope

The objective of our audit was to assess whether the Department of Labour has adequate systems to update Alberta’s workforce strategies.


We conclude that the department did not, in all significant respects, have adequate systems to update its workforce strategies for 2013 to 2016 to:

  • demonstrate successful implementation of its BETW strategy
  • report on and evaluate the results of its performance