Building your success with essential skills

Istock 000007437277xsmallThis guest blog post is provided by the Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, which aims to improve the skills Canadians need to adapt and succeed at work.

Did you know that you can help boost the productivity, innovation and overall competitiveness of your business by following three simple steps?

STEP 1: Learn about the nine essential skills and how they contribute to your workplace success.

STEP 2: Identify skills gaps that may be impacting your business by conducting a needs assessment.

STEP 3: Improve these skills by using learning and training supports.

Essential skills are necessary in every business in Canada, whatever the size, and for all jobs – regardless of position or level of responsibility. In fact, the skills you need to succeed in business are the essential skills you use everyday. For example:

Today is Essential Skills day; a day to celebrate the importance of essential skills in all jobs and workplaces across Canada as part of Learn @ Work Week. It also provides an opportunity to stop and think about your current and future business plans, and how creating a strong foundation of essential skills within your business is vital to realizing your goals.

For more information and to access helpful guides, checklists and worksheets, check out


Posted by manjinder on September 26, 2011
Sir, I want to start a new security business in Alberta, Calgary.
Posted by Canada Business Network on September 27, 2011
Hello Manjinder,

You may want to check out The Business Link's Guide for New Alberta Businesses (link no longer active). It contains information on starting a business from deciding on your business structure, registering your business, applying for business licenses, applying for a business number to information on hiring employees.

With regard to municipal licensing, the City of Calgary's Business Registration System can assist you in generating a list of the permits and licenses that you will require.

It is important to note that a Security Guard will need to obtain a license from the Alberta Solicitor General before they can engage in their business for hire or reward (businesses and individuals). Please note that both agencies and their employees must obtain a license. Applicants must be Canadian citizens, have liability insurance, obtain a surety bond in the amount of $5,000 from an insurance company, submit a completed affidavit that entails a full criminal record check and fingerprinting, as well as an equipment listing and a detailed sketch of the proposed uniform and crest. For more information or to apply for a license please contact Alberta Solicitor General and Public Security by phone at 1-780-427-3457.

You might also want to look at our Business Start-up Checklist for more things to consider when starting your new business. If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact The Business Link at 1-800-272-9675.

Best of luck getting your business underway.
Posted by Andrew on October 11, 2011
I wish to develop my financial planning and personal insurance business into a full scale brokerage. What government grants are available for me to access in order to pay salaries for staff as well as to pay leasing costs for office space and equipment?
Posted by Canada Business Network on October 12, 2011

There are a number of resources you can look into for financing.

Our Grants and Finances section is an excellent place to start your search. Within this section, you can view or search financing programs offered by governments by selecting parameters such as your industry, your location, your demographic group and/or the reason you are looking for financing. The section also links to some community-based and private sector financing resources.

If you are still having difficulty finding business financing that is right for you, contact the Canada Business service centre in your region for further assistance.
Posted by Guylaine on October 19, 2011
Les compétences essentielles servent également tres bien pour le recrutement de personnnel.

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