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Money Alberta Innovates announces up to 125 layoffs over changes brought on by UCP budget

12:05  21 november  2019
12:05  21 november  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Alberta Innovates is Alberta 's full-service innovation engine; from funding to commercialization we have everything you need to make an impact! Alberta Innovates solves some of the biggest industry challenges in our province and supports the growth of business while stimulating the start- up

Alberta Innovates , the provincially funded research and development organization focused on research Alberta ’s United Conservative Party ( UCP ) tabled its first budget on October 24, laying out The loss of million in provincial funding brought Alberta Innovates ’ budget for 2019-20 to

  Alberta Innovates announces up to 125 layoffs over changes brought on by UCP budget © RUNSTUDIO\Getty

Alberta Innovates, a business-supporting agency that aims to stimulate tech startups, says it will be laying off up to 125 people following a major change to its operating budget that came about as a result of the provincial government's spending plan announced last month.

The agency, which is funded by the Alberta government, said that its 2019-20 budget has been slated at $202 million, down from $278 million in 2018-19 and $298 million in 2016-17.

a drawing of a person: Alberta Innovates Logo. The agency will be laying off 125 employees after the UCP made cuts to its budget.© Courtesy: Alberta Innovates Alberta Innovates Logo. The agency will be laying off 125 employees after the UCP made cuts to its budget. "Right now, we're trying to focus on the people who have been impacted by these difficult decisions," Alberta Innovates media relations manager Dwayne Brunner said in an email to Global News.

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Alberta Innovates , the provincially funded research and innovation agency, is eliminating up to 125 jobs as a result of government budget cuts. The agency — which had 670 employees in Edmonton, Calgary, Devon, Vegreville, and Victoria, B.C

"Business continuity, processes and programs must continue as we transition through this time."

Brunner said the organization has already begun non-union layoffs, and people in union positions will begin getting laid off in the first week of December.

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Alberta Innovates' website says the entity provides funding programs, advice, connections, technical expertise and applied research services "to stimulate and grow research and innovation across Alberta."

"Innovation has never played a more significant role in the future for Alberta," the website says. "Our ability to develop existing industries while introducing new opportunities for growth is critical for our future prosperity."

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Alberta 's first budget under the new UCP government will be tabled on Oct. 24, Premier Jason Kenney announced on Monday. “We want to minimize any potential layoffs by maximizing attrition,” he said. “When people take their retirement, in some cases in the core public service, they will not be replaced.”

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Alberta Innovates' 2018-19 annual report said that it had 670 employees based in Edmonton, Calgary, Devon, Vegreville and Victoria, B.C.

The agency also has a team of seven executives, all with salaries over $200,000, as well as a chief executive officer with a salary of $396,000. Brunner said that it was "business as usual" at the agency and wouldn't specify if changes were in store for Alberta Innovates' high-level employees or their salaries.

The Alberta government said that the funding changes were part of "difficult decisions to balance the budget."

"Alberta Innovates, like every government department and agency, is in the process of restricting and finding efficiencies to deliver more effectively on behalf of Albertans," Justin Brattinga, press secretary for Alberta's Economic Development, Trade and Tourism Ministry, said in a statement.

"We believe in the good work that Alberta Innovates does on behalf of Albertans, and they will continue to contribute to our province's research and innovation ecosystem," Brattinga said.

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Brunner said that the agency is currently working to align its strategies with the priorities of the current government.

"The realities of this budget will challenge us," he said.

In its 2018-19 annual report, Alberta Innovates said it managed over 3,600 active projects in the province, and that for every dollar of funding, it saw an investment of $29.83.

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