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  • Employment, Immigration and Industry

  • This report was prepared on behalf of the Ministry by the Department of Alberta Employment and Immigration in collaboration with its entities. For more information or to request a CD of the Annual Report, contact: Employment and Immigration Organizational Planning and Effectiveness Branch 6th floor, 10808 – 99 Avenue Edmonton, Alberta T5K 0G5 Email: AnnualReport.EI@gov.ab.ca Tel. 780-422-2857, toll-free by first dialing 310-0000 Fax 780-415-2477

    TDD/TTY number: 780-427-9999 in Edmonton or 1-800-232-7215

    Electronic versions of this document are available at www.employment.alberta.ca/annualreports. Copyright © 2008, the Crown in Right of the Province of Alberta, as represented by the Minister of Employment and Immigration Permission is hereby given by the copyright owner for any person to reproduce this document for educational purposes and on a non-profit basis. Fall 2008 ISSN 1913-6501

  • Employment, Immigration and Industry

    Annual Report 2007-08 C O N T E N T S

    p2 Preface p3 Minister’s Accountability Statement p4 Message from the Minister p6 Management’s Responsibility for Reporting

    p7 Overview p8 Organizational Charts p17 Operational Overview p29 Summary of Key Activities

    p35 Results Analysis p36 Message from the Deputy Minister p37 Auditor General’s Report on Performance Measures p38 Integrated Results Analysis p44 Detailed Program Results Analysis and Discussion

    Core Business 1: Employment p45 Goal 1: All Albertans share in and contribute to the economic prosperity of Alberta

    Core Business 2: Immigration p53 Goal 2: Alberta is able to attract workers to the province

    Core Business 3: Industry p59 Goal 3: Alberta has a competitive and sustainable economy p66 Goal 4: Alberta has strong and vibrant regions and rural communities p72 Goal 5: Alberta has a fair, safe and healthy work environment

    Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB) p79 Goal 6: Alberta has a fair, equitable and stable labour relations environment

    Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers’ Compensation (Appeals Commission) p83 Goal 7: Alberta has an effective mechanism for the final appeal of Workers’

    Compensation Board decisions

    p85 Financial Information p86 Ministry Financial Analysis and Discussion p92 Financial Statements p93 Auditor General’s Report on Ministry Financial Statements p116 Supplementary Ministry Financial Information p119 Workers’ Compensation Board Financial Statements

    p175 Appendices p176 Appendix A Ministry Acts p179 Appendix B Ministry Office Locations p185 Appendix C Alphabetical List of Government Entities’ Financial Statements p190 Appendix D Government Organization Changes 2008-09 p193 Appendix E Performance Measures Sources and Methodologies

  • Preface Public Accounts 2007-08 The Public Accounts of Alberta are prepared in accordance with the Financial Administration Act and the Government Accountability Act. The Public Accounts consist of the annual report of the Government of Alberta and the annual reports of each of the 20 Ministries. The annual report of the Government of Alberta released June 24, 2008 contains the Minister of Finance’s accountability statement and the consolidated financial statements of the Province. The Measuring Up report released June 24, 2008 provides a comparison of the actual performance results to desired results set out in the government’s business plan. This annual report of the Ministry of Employment, Immigration and Industry contains the Minister’s accountability statement, the audited financial statements of the Ministry and a comparison of actual performance results to desired results set out in the ministry business plan. This Ministry annual report also includes:

    • the financial statements of entities making up the Ministry, • other financial information as required by the Financial Administration Act and

    Government Accountability Act, either as separate reports or as a part of the financial statements, to the extent that the Ministry has anything to report, and

    • additional information relating to the Department of Employment, Immigration and

    Industry, Alberta Economic Development Authority, Northern Alberta Development Council, Alberta Labour Relations Board, Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers’ Compensation, and Workers’ Compensation Board – Alberta.

    On March 12, 2008, the government announced new ministry structures. Since the 2007-08 fiscal year was substantially completed prior to this announcement, ministry annual reports and financial statements have been prepared as if the restructuring took place on April 1, 2008, to provide proper accountability for the 2007-08 fiscal year against the original business plan.

    2007-08 Employment, Immigration and Industry Annual Report 2

  • Minister’s Accountability Statement The Ministry’s annual report for the year ended March 31, 2008, was prepared under my direction in accordance with the Government Accountability Act and the government’s accounting policies. All of the government’s policy decisions as at September 8, 2008 with material economic or fiscal implications of which I am aware have been considered in the preparation of this report. Original signed by: Hector Goudreau Minister of Employment and Immigration

    2007-08 Employment, Immigration and Industry Annual Report 3

  • Message from the Minister

    The reorganization of government in March 2008 came at the end of the fiscal year of 2007-08. As Minister of Employment and Immigration I am responsible for producing the Annual Report for the former Ministry of Employment, Immigration and Industry (EII). This report reflects that work. During the year, the Ministry played a significant role in improving Albertans’ quality of life, building a stronger Alberta and governing with integrity and transparency. I am proud of our accomplishments as highlighted in this annual report.

    With another strong year in employment and economic growth, we saw an increase in employment for Albertans of all age groups. The strong economy was a huge draw for thousands of inter-provincial migrants, immigrants, and temporary foreign workers who moved to Alberta. Despite so many people coming here, Alberta is still in dire

    need of people to answer the calls for “help wanted” across the province. To meet this need, the Ministry successfully focused on better coordination of economic development, labour force planning, immigration and settlement services. Launched in 2006, Alberta’s comprehensive 10-year labour strategy, Building and Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce (BETW), is a guide for increasing the skills and opportunities for people who have traditionally struggled to find and keep jobs; increasing the labour force participation of Aboriginal people; delivering strategies to retain mature workers; increasing technology adoption; and producing sector labour force strategies. To achieve BETW’s goals we provided individualized support to Albertans and employers through offices across the province and by collaborating with community agencies and training providers. Even with Alberta’s low unemployment rate, there continues to be more jobs than skilled and productive Albertans to fill them. Alberta has recognized the need to look beyond its borders. This year, our ‘Made in Alberta’ immigration strategy moved up another level as we launched initiatives to recognize foreign credentials, introduced loans for upgrading skills and provided services for healthcare professionals wanting to work in their chosen careers. The focus is to encourage new Albertans to put down roots, raise their families here, and contribute to, and share in, Alberta’s prosperity. To achieve sustainable economic growth, the Ministry supported initiatives such as Securing Tomorrow’s Prosperity to keep Alberta’s business competitive and knowledge-driven. It is through innovation and collaboration at the provincial level, and locally and regionally through Regional Economic Development Alliances, that Alberta continues to build a vibrant economic climate. The Ministry remains committed to workplace health and safety. Stepped-up workplace inspections and collaboration with employers and labour promote safe and fair workplaces for all employees, regardless of their origin. I am also pleased to recognize the work of the Alberta Labour Relations Board and the Appeals Commission for Alberta Workers’ Compensation. Their consistent and dedicated efforts help to maintain positive relations with workers and labour organizations in the province.

    2007-08 Employment, Immigration and Industry Annual Report 4

  • I wish to thank all staff and our community, business and industry partners. These accomplishments, and the many others detailed in this annual report, are the result of their dedication and commitment to Albertans. Original signed by: Hector Goudreau Minister

    2007-08 Employment, Immigration and Industry Annual Report 5

  • Management’s Responsibility for Reporting The Ministry of Employment, Immigration and Industry includes:

    Department of Employment, Immigration and Industry

    Alberta Economic Development Authority Northern Alberta Development Council Alberta Labour Relations Board Rural Alberta’s Development Fund

    Appeals Commission for