Alberta Council of Disability Services

Advancing the Sector’s Workforce

ACDS works to advance the sector’s workforce through research, advocacy and capacity building. To realize our vision for a professional, well-trained, and stable community disability services workforce, we lead and partner with our members and other stakeholders on several initiatives of importance to the Community Disability Services sector.


Workforce Initiatives and Collaborative Mechanisms

ACDS Human Resource Coordinating Committee: With representation from ACDS members from all regions of Alberta, the Committee supports ACDS with initiatives to advance the sector’s workforce. This includes advising on research, identifying priorities, advocating, promoting the sector, and coordinating workforce initiatives

Developing a Comprehensive Workforce Strategy (available on the members-only section of the website)In 2019-20, ACDS consulted members to develop the groundwork for a comprehensive HR strategy, identifying future needs and strategic priorities. In 2020-21, ACDS will build on this by documenting the learnings from the COVID-19 crisis with a specific focus on implications for workforce strategy

Annual Workforce Survey: Collection of vital information around Alberta’s CDS workforce profile

Workforce Health and Safety: Improving occupational health and safety resources and training to support top safety issues facing the sector

The Workforce Classification System: A system of benchmark job profiles and titles, producing a common sectoral language and standards for CDS professionals