HR Microscope – November/December

November/December 2022

Digital Adoption and E-commerce Development Grants Available from ISED 

If you have any questions about the grant, please reach out to [email protected] 
If you have any questions about the wage subsidy, please reach out to [email protected].

Technology and the pace of change has accelerated a lot in the last few years. If you are having difficulty keeping up, or want to optimize your business’ digital capacity, consider applying for a Canada Digital Adoption Program (CDAP) Boost Your Business Technology. Boost Your Business Technology can help get your business online, give your e-commerce presence a boost, or digitalize your business’s operations. These grants are designed to help Canadian businesses become more competitive. In addition to helping your business scale up its technology and become more resilient and competitive, the program also offers wage subsidies to hire youth to support the implementation of new technology and strategies.

More about Boost Your Business Technology:
• Use a free digital assessment tool to evaluate your business’s digital readiness.
• Get a grant of up to $15,000 to consult a digital expert and develop a digital adoption plan for your business.
• Get up to $100,000 in interest-free loans from BDC to implement your digital adoption plan.
• Leverage a subsidized work placement of up to $7,300 to bring on a youth to help with your digital transformation.

Learn more and apply online

National agri-food innovation network adds new partners in Manitoba 

Bioenterprise Canada has expanded its footprint in Manitoba by welcoming two new partners to Canada’s Food & Agri-Tech Engine.

The University of Manitoba (UM), home of the Richardson Centre for Food Technology and Research, and Bioscience Association Manitoba (BAM) have both become Knowledge & Development Partners in the Engine.

“We are excited to expand our presence in Manitoba and in Western Canada through our new agreements with the University of Manitoba and Bioscience Association of Manitoba,” says Bioenterprise Canada CEO Dave Smardon. “Manitoba has tremendous depth in the agri-food sector and a strong research and innovation ecosystem, and we look forward to exploring the new avenues of collaboration this partnership will bring to the Engine’s network across Canada.”

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Start Your Press Release Journey: How to Prepare Your News 

Vacationing on a whim is fun but taking a little time to prepare can make it a more enjoyable experience. Distributing a press release is similar; you can rush to send out your announcement, or you can take a few minutes to plan ahead to streamline the process and set yourself up for success.

Pick a destination and plan your route

Just like planning your own vacation, when you send your press release on its announcement journey, you need to determine where the release should go to have the maximum impact upon arrival. Here are four questions to ask when determining where to send your release:

  1. Who is your audience?
  2. Where are they located?
  3. What interests them?
  4. How do they receive news?

Answering these questions will guide you as you determine how to get your news in front of your audience.

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In case you missed it…

BioTalent Canada named a 2022 Best WorkplacesTM for mental wellness and in healthcare

BioTalent Canada has been named one of the country’s Best Workplaces™ for Mental Wellness and Best Workplaces™ in Healthcare for 2022.

These recognitions come from Great Place to Work™ Canada and cap a progressive year for BioTalent Canada where the organization continued to focus on inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA principles) within the workplace.

Specifically, BioTalent Canada launched its I.D.E.A.L. Biosciences Employer designation, a recognition of Canadian biotech companies that embody the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility leadership.

“These two recognitions are an honour and validation of the importance we place on mental health and the overall well-being of staff,” says Rob Henderson, President and CEO of BioTalent Canada. “The physical and mental health of our employees remains our top priority, and we continue to focus on equity and diversity internally and externally.”

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Biotech Recognition Program Helps Job Seekers Stand Out

BioTalent Canada’s BioSkills Recognition Program has been updated with National Occupational Standards that allow new talent to distinguish themselves to prospective biotech employers.

The BioSkills Recognition Program enables bio-economy professionals who are new to Canada, university graduates, and experienced bio-economy workers to show employers that they have the skills needed to succeed within the biotech sector.

Now, the BioSkills Recognition Program has been enhanced with the inclusion of National Occupational Standards. These are a set of more than 50 standards for Canada’s bio-economy that have been recently validated by industry professionals and identify the skills, education, and experience needed to perform a specific role.

VIDEO: Learn more about the benefits of the BioSkills Recognition Program

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$20,000 wage subsidy to make the bio-economy more diverse and inclusive

Many newcomers to Canada—IEPS and recent immigrants—struggle to find work in Canada’s bio-economy. There are many reasons for this, one of which is antiquated human resources plans employed by employers that rely on arm’s-length recruitment.
The Skilled Newcomer Internship for the Bio-economy program helps newcomers get a foot in the door. The program covers 75% of a participant’s salary up to a maximum of $20,000 for bio-economy employers to hire, accommodate and train IEPs for a three-to-nine-month work placement. It presents an opportunity for employers to access talented individuals they might not have otherwise considered for roles.
Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program  

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National Occupational Standards – CEO Profile

Our National Occupational Standards profiles are used by companies for effective recruitment, professional development, succession planning, and compensation benchmarking. Our newest profile is for the role of chief executive officer (CEO), the highest-ranking position in an organization. The CEO is responsible for the vision and values of a workplace, as well as ensuring that everybody in the organization identifies with it and stays focused. Learn what skills, education and credentials are needed to perform this role by visiting

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Hear from Industry Experts about what’s driving talent in Canada’s bio-economy 

Latest Episodes
Episode 6 – Brunel on Recruitment and Diversification Strategies
Episode 5 – Anessa on The Powerful Benefits of Diversity
Episode 4 – CleanSlate UV’s Approach to Solving Two Staffing Issues – Attraction & Diversification
Episode 3 – Applied Biological Materials Inc. on Scientific (and Talent) Discoveries
Episode 2 – EMILI on Growing the Digital Ag Eco-System AND Leaving No One Behind
Episode 1 – Health Cities: One part science, two parts human resources

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