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Outlook & Prospects for Engineering Managers in Lethbridge--Medicine Hat Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Provincial Employment Potential Information
The following table identifies employment conditions within Alberta.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Alberta||(3 of 3 stars)||2015-05-29|
For the 2014-2016 period, the employment outlook is expected to be good for Engineering Managers (NOC 0211) in Alberta.
This outlook is the result of an analysis of a number of factors that influence employment prospects in this occupation. Some of the key findings are that:
- Employment growth is expected to be moderate.
- A large number of people are expected to retire.
- This occupation has recently experienced moderate levels of unemployment.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Athabasca--Grande Prairie--Peace River Region||(Undetermined)||2015-05-29|
|Banff--Jasper--Rocky Mountain House Region||(Undetermined)||2015-05-29|
|Calgary Region||(3 of 3 stars)||2015-05-29|
|Edmonton Region||(2 of 3 stars)||2015-05-29|
|Lethbridge--Medicine Hat Region||(Undetermined)||2015-05-29|
|Red Deer Region||(3 of 3 stars)||2015-05-29|
|Wood Buffalo--Cold Lake Region||(3 of 3 stars)||2015-05-29|
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
- July 2015 | (PDF, 591 KB)
- June 2015 | (PDF, 591 KB)
- May 2015 | (PDF, 553 KB)
- April 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- March 2015 | (PDF, 623 KB)
- February 2015 | (PDF, 560 KB)
- January 2015 | (PDF, 559 KB)
- Annual Edition 2014 | (PDF, 607KB)
- December 2014 | (PDF, 586 KB)
- November 2014 | (PDF, 575 KB)
- October 2014 | (PDF, 643 KB)
- October 2014 (Quarterly Edition) | (PDF, 656 KB)
- September 2014 | (PDF, 650 KB)
- August 2014 | (PDF, 650 KB)
- July 2014 | (PDF, 765 KB)
- June 2014 | (PDF, 641 KB)
- May 2014 | (PDF, 602 KB)
- April 2014 | (PDF, 669 KB)
- March 2014 | (PDF, 600 KB)
- February 2014 | (PDF, 610 KB)
- January 2014 | (PDF, 662 KB)
- Annual Edition 2013 | (PDF, 226 KB)
- December 2013 | (PDF, 536 KB)
- November 2013 | (PDF, 534 KB)
- October 2013 | (PDF, 657 KB)
- September 2013 | (PDF, 235 KB)
- August 2013 | (PDF, 438 KB)
- July 2013 | (PDF, 487 KB)
- June 2013 | (PDF, 445 KB)
- May 2013 | (PDF, 240 KB)
- April 2013 | (PDF, 294 KB)
- March 2013 | (PDF, 437 KB)
- February 2013 | (PDF, 241 KB)
- January 2013 | (PDF, 435 KB)
- Annual Edition 2012 | (PDF, 227 KB)
Provincial / Territorial Labour Market NewsWeek of Sep 21 - Sep 25, 2015
- The Government of Alberta is funding four projects that provide employment assistance for disabled persons. The government is also creating 20 paid internships for people with disabilities.
- Hungerford Properties secured a third anchor tenant for its Icon Business Park in Calgary. ABB, a global company in the utilities, oil and gas and mining sectors is consolidating three city locations into the new site.
- Rita's Italian Ice, a US-based frozen food company, is planning 80 locations in Canada over the next five years with a base and manufacturing facility in Calgary
- The City of Medicine Hat selected three different contractors to complete road and sewer projects that were left in limbo when the previous contractor was terminated. Portions of the $5.8M in work will be completed before freeze-up, with any remainder scheduled for 2016.
- The City of Airdrie approved a six-month trial bus service to run to the Town of Crossfield starting October 5, 2015. Crossfield will be funding the service due to the demand from area residents.
- Suncor Energy recently increased its ownership stake in the Fort Hills oil sand project near Fort McMurray with a $310M purchase from Total E&P Canada. Suncor stated that this initiative will lower its price-per-barrel costs for the project.
- Stone Creek Properties, a Bow Valley developer, is planning a gondola and resort at the base of Mount Lady MacDonald in Canmore. Plans for the area include a five-star resort with 800-900 rooms, retail space, a spa, and recreation activities.
- The Government of Alberta is providing an additional $10M for Family and Community Support Services programs bringing the total money to $86M. The funds are spread across 319 municipalities and Métis settlements.
- The Government of Alberta selected three groups to bid on the southwest section of Calgary's ring road under a private-public partnership model. The groups are consortia composed of financing, construction, design, and maintenance companies.
- The Government of Alberta is providing $10M to prevent family and sexual violence and child-abuse. Calgary Communities Against Sexual Violence, which will receive some of the funding, extends its operations into surrounding towns and communities.
- Smitty's Restaurant in Centre Village Mall in Lethbridge is closing after 44 years of operation to make way for a new Save-on-Foods grocery store. Approximately 20 employees will be affected by the closure.
- The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo is ramping up its plans for winter snow removal in response to resident demands for increased service levels. Contracts are also being prepared for towing services in conjunction with the plowing.
- Ladacor Ltd, a Calgary-based construction company, is building a 60-room Motel 6 in Bruderheim composed of used shipping containers. The motel will have three meeting rooms, a breakfast room, a hospitality lounge, and a fitness centre.
- Fort Station, a retail and commercial development in Fort Saskatchewan by Haro Developments, has attracted a $12.5M hotel to the site, although the name of the hotel was not released. It is expected to open in December 2016.
- The Government of Alberta launched a tourism entrepreneurship program that offers regional tourism workshops focusing on business practices, available resources, and opportunities for entrepreneurs in Alberta's tourism industry
- The City of Grande Prairie has plans to fund a Crown Prosecutor position to cope with increased workloads and the increasing complexity of cases. The city will also add 12 RCMP positions over the 2015-2018 budget term.
- All three school districts in the Grande Prairie region have construction projects underway with openings expected in 2016 and 2017. Old schools in the towns of Beaverlodge and Sexsmith are scheduled for demolition when the new facilities open.
- The Town of Mayerthorpe is receiving up to $1,799,027 from the Government of Alberta for upgraded drinking water and water/wastewater treatment systems
- Foothills School Division has decided to build two 900-student high schools rather than one school as originally planned. The school at Aldersyde is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017, while construction on the other school is projected for 2017.
- The Gasoline Alley Career High School is moving to a new permanent home in Red Deer with a planned opening on February 1, 2016. The facility will host 200 students, with two full-time teachers and one staff for administrative support.
- Strathcona County has increased the budget for snow and ice removal during the upcoming winter season in response to residents' complaints. The county is increasing the frequency and duration of snow and ice removal by specifically trained staff.
- The Government of Alberta is funding the construction of 17 drinking water and water/wastewater treatment systems across the province. More than $24M is being provided under Alberta Municipal Water/Wastewater Partnership and Water for Life grants.
- Melcor Developments is moving forward with a new manufactured home park in Penhold. The project is expected to start in the spring of 2016 and add 140 residences to the town.
- The Alberta Food Service Labour Connections project was extended for another year with funding from the Government of Alberta and Restaurants Canada. The pilot project works to find employment for under-represented groups in the labour market.
- Elk Island Public Schools expanded the size of the new elementary school in Ardrossan, based largely on an expected influx of students. The town and surrounding county area are scheduled for several large residential developments.
- The Government of Alberta confirmed funding of $7.9M for 42 new affordable housing spaces in the city of St. Albert. The money will be used to build Phase 2 of North Ridge Place, adjacent to an existing seniors facility.
- Wexford Developments announced plans for a mixed commercial and residential building in Edmonton. The proposed lot has been vacant for the past 16 years after being contaminated by gas station.
- The Town of Vermilion extended the development permit for Canalta Hotels to build a new hotel. Canalta plans to start construction by June 30, 2016 and complete the project in approximately 24 months.
- Ward Brothers Construction announced a $200,000 donation to the new trades facility project currently underway at Lethbridge College. The donation will fund two additional classrooms in the facility, expected to open in 2017.
- The Aspen Primary Care Network is establishing a new health home site in Westlock. The facility will offer services from family physicians and a variety of specialists under one roof.
- The Government of Alberta announced $15M in new funding for women's shelters. The money will support 84 new outreach support workers and 40 child and youth counsellors to work in shelters and communities across the province.
- Local businesses in Medicine Hat are offering shuttle transportation services to the newly opened Canalta Centre in the city, due to a lack of parking. The centre has seating for 6,500 people, but only 1,300 sanctioned general parking spots within a five-minute walk.
- Edo Japan, a Calgary-based restaurant chain, is planning significant expansion following financing and capital investments in the company by Yellow Point Equity Partners. The company plans to expand by another 50 stores across the West over the next five to seven years.
- McDonald's Canada sought out more than 175 new employees for its Calgary locations on the fifth West Hiring Day on September 24, 2015. Positions were available for crew and manager positions.
- Kids and Company, a daycare provider, is opening a centre in Okotoks by mid-October 2015. Although the centre will have 136 childcare spaces open to the public, parents employed by partner companies are guaranteed a placement.
- The Cooking Lake Airport has been granted permission for direct international flights from the US. Private and corporate aircraft can now fly into the community, just east of Edmonton, without stopping at a larger centre to clear customs.
- TransCanada Corp. has warned its staff of upcoming layoffs in response to the continued low price of oil. According to statements from the company, senior leadership positions will be reduced by approximately 20 percent. The organizational changes are expected to be complete by the end of November 2015.
- PHX Energy Services, a Calgary-based drilling company is laying off more than 500 employees due to low oil prices. Most of the affected employees live in Alberta.
- Pomeroy Lodging purchased the Delta Lodge at Kananaskis with plans to invest $26M in renovations and upgrades. The project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017.
- The official groundbreaking was recently held for the $30M Crossings development in west Lethbridge. The retail phase of the development is set to open in the summer of 2016, while a mixed-use phase will include medical and dental offices, financial institutions, veterinarians, and hair and nail salons.
- Many businesses in Banff and Canmore are reducing their hours and implementing partial closures due to a shortage of staff. The shortages are partially attributed to the seasonal workforce and the high rental costs in the communities.
- Edmonton International Airport started work on a $15M road construction project that aims to improve access to the airport, the business park in Nisku and a new Outlet Mall under construction. The project is expected to be complete in 2016.
- WestJet announced new non-stop flights from Calgary and Edmonton to London, England starting in May 2016. Other Canadian cities were also included in the new service plans.
- Canadian Rockies Public Schools expects to start construction in December 2015 for phase one of the new $8.4M Banff Elementary School. Construction is expected to be complete in 2017, while the second phase of the project is awaiting funding approval.
- Kiewit Construction Canada, a global contractor, is building a $4M laydown yard and administrative site in Westlock. The company plans to relocate 18 employees from its current west Edmonton site.
- The Municipal District of Bonnyville is constructing a new $2.8M public safety building in Bonnyville following a contract award to United Construction. The building will house 11 safety officers and two secretaries.
- Alberta Health Services has invested $1.1M in upgrades to the Cold Lake Health Centre to improve services. The new building control upgrades are expected to save the centre close to $100,000 a year on energy costs.
- Canadian Natural Resources Ltd is cutting the pay of salaried employees by up to 10 percent across the company in an effort to avoid layoffs and remain profitable. The company stated that higher salaried employees could be subjected to steeper pay cuts.
- The 2015 municipal census for the City of Fort Saskatchewan found that only two percent of the respondents reported being unemployed. Most of the employees reported working in the city, Edmonton, Devon and Sherwood Park.
- The Town of Sexsmith and the County of Grande Prairie have renewed a five-year fire services agreement that will see the county manage the town's fire operations. The county will provide administrative services and assist with training.
- Stantec, an Edmonton-based engineering firm, has expanded the plans for its Stantec Tower in downtown Edmonton. The $500M tower will now be 66 storeys, the tallest building in Canada outside of Toronto.
- The Government of Alberta committed $1.8M for up to 400 more midwife-supported births during the fiscal year. There are currently 94 midwives practicing in the province, an increase of 163 per cent in the past five years.
- Harley-Davidson Motorcycles launched motorcycle rider training schools in Lloydminster and Calgary as the first two centres in Canada. The course in Lloydminster runs through a partnership with Edge Harley Davidson and Lakeland College.
- The Hampton Inn by Hilton in Sherwood Park held a grand opening ceremony on September 10, 2015. Three additional hotels are planned for the city, with one under construction and two awaiting approval.
- Parkland County voted to financially support the formation of the proposed Edmonton Metropolitan Region Economic Development Framework for three years. The goal of the framework is to market the capital region to the world.
- Victims Services is seeking funding from the Town of Stony Plain to help with their 2015 budget. The money will go towards administration costs, recruitment campaigns, as well as resource materials for victims and training for staff.
- The Government of Alberta provided $100,000 to Alberta-based migrant and refugee settlement agencies across the province to assist with the Syrian refugee crisis. The government also committed up to $150,000 to the Canadian Red Cross.
- Sundre Playschool closed its doors due to a funding shortfall, increasing rental costs and declining enrolment. However other private playschool options are still available in the town.
- The Vermilion Outreach School opened in a new facility in Vermilion and expects to attract 40 students by the end of September 2015. The school employs two full-time teachers and three part-time staff, and offers an alternative education program.
- Wetaskiwin Family Medical Practice opened a new walk-in clinic in Wetaskiwin. The new clinic with eight physicians is open to the public and offers expanded hours of service.
- The Alberta Energy Regulator approved the reopening of ten more production pipelines by Nexen Energy at the Long Lake oil sands site near Fort McMurray. The 10 pipelines transport miscellaneous gases, including steam, oil emulsion and natural gas.
- Brewster Travel Canada started work on a $26M redevelopment of the upper terminal building of the Banff Gondola. Limited facilities in the terminal are expected re-open May 1, 2016 with project completion anticipated for August 1, 2016.
- The Government of Alberta announced $187M in GreenTRIP funding for Calgary, Airdrie, Banff and Canmore. The funding covers new transit facilties and LRT system upgrades.
- The City of Medicine Hat terminated its relationship with ICCU Construction over delays in projects currently in progress. The city is seeking a new contractor to complete the work, including a major downtown renovation.
- Park Place Meadow Ridge Seniors Village in Medicine Hat is in the final phases of interior construction, with landscaping and perimeter fencing to follow. The site will provide 80 long-term care beds and 44 assisted living suites.
- The latest Manpower Employment Outlook survey for the Alberta region has found that only 15 percent of employers plan to hire for the fourth quarter of 2015. Additionally 71 percent of the employers expect to maintain staffing levels, while 11 percent anticipate cutbacks.
- Nexen Energy has been granted permission from the Alberta Energy Regulator to restart 40 pipelines at its Long Lake facility near Fort McMurray. The company has 55 other pipelines in the area that remain under suspension pending a safety review.
- Rocky View Schools is working on three new schools scheduled to open in 2016 to handle a rapidly growing student population in Airdrie, Cochrane and Chestermere. The district also plans to open two new schools in 2017.
- Western Pride Auction in Bonnyville has stopped regular livestock sales, partly due to a decline in cattle numbers and changes in the industry. The company also cited a shortage of staff and Internet bidding as factors affecting the business.
- The City of Cold Lake started operation of its public transit service with six drivers hired through a third-party contract. The city also voted to spend $400,000 to build a transit shelter in front of the Tri City Mall.
- Camrose County approved the provision of Peace Officer services for the Town of Bashaw and the Village of Bawlf. The service is scheduled to run until December 2015, and possibly into 2016 pending further budget approval.
- Cenovus Energy finalized the purchase of a $75M rail terminal that expands the markets for bitumen from the Cold Lake region. The site near Bruderheim also includes undeveloped land that the company is eyeing for expansions to the terminal.
- The Cold Lake Rural Alberta Business Centre opened a new office in Cold Lake on September 1, 2016. The facility rents business incubator space and provides free advice and service to start-ups and home-based businesses.
- The City of Cold Lake added two road improvement projects and $700,000 to the 2015 Service Road Program. The new work is expected to start in 2015 and be complete by 2016.
- The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo voted to not impose a hiring freeze, which was recently proposed in response to the current economic conditions in the region. The freeze would have affected most vacant full-time permanent positions.
- Shop Easy Foods in Claresholm will close at the end of October 2015, following a decision by the parent Loblaw Companies Limited. The Supervalu store in Blairmore is also scheduled to close by July 2016, although an exact date was not provided.
- The Alberta Treasury Branch opened a retail banking location in the Town of Penhold. It is the first bank in the town in 50 years.
- Axia FibreNet started construction on a next generation fibre optic network in Nobleford. The company plans to start with residential and business connections in the community in the fall of 2015, and then expand across rural Alberta.
- The City of Lloydminster approved a major commercial development that will see eight free standing commercial, retail and restaurant buildings. The first phase of seven buildings is scheduled to open in 2016.
- Youth Empowerment and Support Services, an Edmonton organization that supports homeless youth, has cut staff and reduced services in response to funding shortfalls. The organization receives two-thirds of its funding from grants and donations which vary on a yearly basis.
- Baytex Energy is planning to maintain its 80 employees and contractors in the Peace River region for the present time in spite of lower oil prices. The company has not made any staff reductions in the area.
- The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers says that 35,000 oilpatch jobs in Alberta have been cut this year, 25,000 from the oil services sector and 10,000 from exploration and production. The association expects further spending cuts in 2016.
- The City of Airdrie is tendering a $10M roadway construction project that includes a bridge over local railway tracks. A proposed highway overpass tie-in is contingent on funding from the Government of Alberta.
- The Town of Athabasca is planning to hire a new Community Peace Officer and is proposing to share costs with local businesses on a voluntary basis. In the absence of business support the town is considering a partnership with Thorhild County.
- Penn West Petroleum Ltd. is cutting its workforce by 400 full-time employees and contractors, with most of the layoffs coming from its headquarters in Calgary. Most of the job cuts are immediate, with the remainder by the end of 2015 according to the company.
- ConocoPhillips Canada is cutting its workforce by 400 employees and 100 contractors. Most of the layoffs will be at the Calgary office by mid-October 2015 according to statements from the company.
- Bench Creek Brewing, a new craft brewery in Yellowhead County near Edson, is finalizing completion of its brewhouse and set to start production soon
- Grande Pairie Regional College is making renovations to the Fairview campus with funding from the Government of Alberta, and upgrading the boiler room for power engineering students to use towards certification
- Nexen Energy is shutting down its Long Lake oil sands facility near Fort McMurrray after the Alberta Energy Regulator ordered the company to halt the operations of 95 pipelines. The company did not disclose the potential impacts on staff at the site.
- Keyano College in Fort McMurray is putting a hold on its campus redevelopment plans in response to economic conditions in the region. The project was estimated at $200M when last updated in 2014.
- ReRuns, a new second-hand store, has recently opened in downtown Grande Prairie. The store provides employment for individuals with developmental disabilities, mental health issues and addictions.
- Sky Nails is scheduled to open soon in the South 40 Shopping Centre in Grande Prairie, according to the plaza owner
- The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum in Grande Prairie is 90 percent complete and opened to the public on September 3, 2015. A grand opening celebration is planned for September 26, 2015.
- Valley Video, a video and DVD rental store in Hinton, closed on September 4, 2015. The store employed the owner and three staff members.
- Tervita Corp., an environmental and oil field services company, has cut its corporate staff numbers by 15 percent, according to a statement from the company. It did not disclose the layoff numbers or locations.
- The City of Calgary is starting construction on a new $71.7M interchange on the Trans-Canada Highway. The project is expected to be complete in late 2016.
- Thermal Systems KWC, a Calgary-based building envelope subcontractor, is adding 50 office staff and 150 tradespersons to its payroll through recent acquisitions. The company is also seeking 30 more tradepersons to handle its expanding roofing and cladding business.
- The Town of Olds has approved a $14M expansion of the Pason Centennial Arena. Design proposals are slated for review in the fall of 2015, with project completion expected in 2017.
- Two new schools are planned for annexation to the existing multiplex facility in the Town of Grimshaw. The schools will have shared use of the facilities and are expected to be complete in December 2016.
- The Government of Alberta has announced $30M in GreenTRIP funding to support expansion of the public transit system in the Capital Region. The money also supports the development of regional smart fare technology.
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