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November 26, 2013

How Has The Suspension of STEP Affected Your Community?

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In Budget 2013, the province suspended STEP (summer temporary employment program) as part of its fiscal restraint measures. According to the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association’s (AUMA) budget analysis, this cut represents a $2 million dollars loss to municipalities who typically used this provincial program to hire young people to help deliver programs and services to their communities. STEP was also a critical workforce resource for Alberta’s non-profit organizations.

To date, AUMA know’s that as a result of the STEP cut:
• Municipalities and non-profit organizations were not able to hire summer staff. As a result they have had to reduce programs and services or they have experienced financial pressures.
• Some organizations, including those that hire non-STEP funded students in addition to STEP-funded students, were permanently suspended.

AUMA is now looking to seek information from you about the impact of the STEP suspension in your community.
• Did your community have to find alternative funding sources as a result of the STEP cut?
• Has the STEP cut limited your community’s ability to continue providing the same quality of life?

Your community impact stories will help shape AUMA’s advocacy on this issue. For any questions or to share your thoughts and comments, please contact Tammy Arif via email by December 15.

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