Explore Careers - Job Market Report
Description | Titles | Duties | Related Occupations
Included Cities in Region | Service Canada Offices
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.
Information on the 3-Year Employment Outlooks for certain occupational groupings is not currently available on Job Bank. Until the completion of the analysis based on the 2011 National Occupational Classification is complete in December 2016, please consult the Open Data website or contact the Labour Market Information Division ( NC-LMI-IMT-GD@hrsdc-rhdcc.gc.ca ) to obtain further information for occupations for which outlooks are not currently available.
Provincial Employment Potential Information
The following table identifies employment conditions within Alberta.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
No employment outlook has been assigned to Metallurgical and Materials Engineers (NOC 2142) in Alberta due to low levels of employment.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Athabasca--Grande Prairie--Peace River Region||(Undetermined)||2016-04-15|
|Banff--Jasper--Rocky Mountain House Region||(Undetermined)||2016-04-15|
|Lethbridge--Medicine Hat Region||(Undetermined)||2016-04-15|
|Red Deer Region||(Undetermined)||2016-04-15|
|Wood Buffalo--Cold Lake Region||(Undetermined)||2016-04-15|
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
(To access archived Labour Market Bulletins not appearing on this webpage, please contact us).
- October 2016 | (PDF, 222 KB)
- September 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 242 KB)
- August 2016 | (PDF, 218 KB)
- July 2016 | (PDF, 510 KB)
- June 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 234 KB)
- May 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- April 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- March 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 228 KB)
- February 2016 | (PDF, 214 KB)
- January 2016 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- Annual Edition 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- December 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 552 KB)
- November 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- October 2015 | (PDF, 552 KB)
- September 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 248 KB)
- August 2015 | (PDF, 541 KB)
- July 2015 | (PDF, 591 KB)
- June 2015 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 591 KB)
- Annual Edition 2014 | (PDF, 607KB)
Provincial / Territorial Labour Market News
Week of Nov 28 - Dec 02, 2016
- TDRF Protection K9 Services opened in Lamont on November 18, 2016. The company offers security patrols and bylaw enforcement services.
- Axia has started construction on its fiber optic network expansion project in Pincher Creek. The company estimates that the project will be complete by spring 2017.
- Parkland County and Yellowhead County, west of Edmonton, have declared states of agricultural disaster. Wet conditions and snow have left many crops unharvested this year.
- The City of Edmonton has used contract crews from May to September 2016 to clean up 98 makeshift homeless camps in the river valley. The city is now piloting an ongoing winter homeless camp clean up with six full-time staff members.
- Axia has started installation of a fiber optic network in Fort McLeod that will bring high-speed Internet services to the community. The work is scheduled to be completed in approximately six months.
- The Town of Ponoka is eliminating two staff positions effective December 31, 2016 due to a budget deficit of almost $1M. The Community Peace Officer position is indefinitely suspended.
- Encana has added security staff as well as invested in security monitoring and camera systems over the past 18 months to deal with the surge in thefts at its oil and gas well sites. Prospector Energy Services has increased its security division by 25%.
- Airdrie City council has approved a $100,000 grant for the Airdrie and Area Health Benefits Co-operative. The co-op will provide healthcare services to seniors as well as primary and proactive healthcare and emergent/urgent care.
- Olymel L.P, a large pork company, has acquired southern Alberta hog producer Pinnacle Farms. The deal will result in Olymel L.P taking over all Pinnacle's assets, which include quarantine, sow, nursery and finishing barns.
- The City of Calgary has approved $15M in aid for struggling businesses affected by the economic downturn. City administration will look at options for how to spend the money and will report back to the council by January 2017.
- Mountain View County has passed a land-use bylaw that would allow for a major expansion of the Aurora Cannabis medical marijuana facility near Cremona, which can create more than 100 new jobs in the area
- The Government of Alberta is expanding the Cardiac Health Program in Didsbury to encompass patients with a range of chronic diseases. Four temporary beds at the hospital are closing, but according to Alberta Health there will be no job losses.
- Telus is building two new service towers to improve cellular telephone and Internet coverage in Athabasca County, at a cost of $1.1M each. Both towers are expected to be operational by August 2017.
- Sturgeon County council has voted to use external contractors for road reconstruction in a proposed ten-year plan, subject to available funding. Contracts are expected to be awarded in 2018, with construction starting in 2019.
- According to Statistics Canada, 42,000 workers in Fort McMurray lost 8.5M hours of work in May and June 2016 due to the wildfires in the area. An additional 870,000 hours of work was created fighting the fire.
- According to AltaCorp Capital Inc., oil and gas companies in Alberta have cut about 29% of their staff over the past two years. The remaining workers are still earning about $2,300 per week, up nearly 25% from five years ago.
- RCMP and municipal policing in Fort Saskatchewan will receive an additional $440,000 in 2017 to deal with an increase in caseloads. The increase in funding will allow the department to hire additional staff.
- The Municipal District of Taber has accepted a tender of $6.8M from Wallace Construction to build a new maintenance and operations building. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2017 and should be completed by summer 2018.
- The Government of Alberta is banning unsolicited door-to-door sales of energy products starting January 1, 2017. Consumers will still be able to invite salespeople to their homes.
- The City of St. Albert has earmarked $1.1M in its 2017 budget to make the Art Gallery of St. Albert barrier free, through the installation of a wheelchair ramp and elevators. The project is subject to final budget approval.
- Baytex Energy Corp has entered into an agreement to acquire heavy oil assets located in the Peace River area. The land includes oil sands leases currently producing mostly heavy oil and the potential for approximately 153 new drilling locations.
Week of Nov 21 - Nov 25, 2016
- New Leaf, a discount airline, is offering seasonal flights from both Edmonton and Calgary to Phoenix, Arizona. The scheduled service will run from January to April 30, 2017.
- The International Ski Federation has cancelled the men's Lake Louise Alpine Ski World Cup due to warm temperatures, the first time in almost three decades. The event has an annual budget of approximately $4M.
- Suncor Energy plans to reduce spending by $1B in 2017, compared to its 2016 capital budget. The money targeted for Alberta will primarily be for oil sands projects.
- The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has decided to delay construction of the Northside Recreation Centre and twin arena. Approximately 14,000 residents have left the municipality since 2015.
- The Town of Banff is planning to spend nearly $1M to construct a full-size gymnasium at the Banff Elementary School. Construction of the project is scheduled to start in spring 2017 and should be completed in approximately one year.
- Health-care businesses that offer services covered by workplace insurance plans are suffering in Calgary. Dentists, massage therapists and optometrists have been reducing staff and getting by with lower profits during the current economic downturn.
- The Town of Wainwright has signed a three year contract with the Waste Management of Canada Corporation to provide waste collection services until December 31, 2019
- Redevelopment of Edmonton's Misericordia Hospital has been completed, after a major flood damaged parts of the hospital in 2013. The renovated hospital includes a new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, as well as an expanded mental health unit.
- The Canadian Association of Oil Well Drilling Contractors is forecasting a 31% increase in drilling activity in Canada next year, over 2016 levels. In addition, 551 direct and 3,255 indirect jobs will be created due to the increase in drilling activity.
- The City of Calgary is cutting services at three landfill sites and eliminating 29 jobs. These include 18 layoffs, transfer of some positions to other areas and the loss of three administrative staff.
- Shell Canada is opting out of the business of large oil sands expansion projects and concentrating on production from existing facilities. The company is concentrating its growth on shale deposits and new energy sources.
- Liquids in Motion, a company specializing in chemical transportation, has opened its doors in Millet
Week of Nov 14 - Nov 18, 2016
- A $107M flood-mitigation project in Edmonton is moving ahead following financial commitments from the Government of Canada, the Province of Alberta and the City of Edmonton. Construction of the project could start as early as fall 2017.
- Westcor Construction and the Calgary Construction Association are both pointing to a decline in construction work of approximately 30% compared to a year ago
- The three levels of government are providing $33M for flood-mitigation projects in Calgary. A new pump station, construction of a flood protection berm and upgrades to the groundwater and storm water infrastructure are planned for affected communities.
- Essential Energy Services, an oilfield services company, is having a tough time finding enough employees to take advantage of a recent increase in activity. Demand in Western Canada for its well completion and production services has been rising.
- The Edmonton Economic Development Corp. is receiving $3M in combined federal-provincial funding to attract foreign businesses to the region. The money will be used to develop market research and create digital and print materials.
- The Edson Health Centre officially opened on November 8, 2016. Approximately 18 new full-time healthcare jobs have been created due to the expanded service levels.
- The Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre in the Edmonton International Airport launched the $3.5M Airbus Helicopter Level 7 Flight Training Device. The high-tech helicopter simulator allows pilots to earn flying credits while using it.
- TMAC Restaurant Group has opened their third Browns Socialhouse in Calgary. The new location employs 40 to 45 servers and 20 kitchen staff.
- RioCan Real Estate and Boardwalk Real Estate are partnering to build a retail and rental residential tower in Calgary. Construction of the project is estimated to cost up to $70M and will begin as early as the third quarter of 2017.
- The Conference Board of Canada is estimating that $5.3B will be injected into Alberta, for recovery and reconstruction efforts resulting from the May 2016 wildfire in Fort McMurray. Most of the money is expected to be from insurance payouts.
- Martin Chrysler's new building in Brooks, which currently under construction, is scheduled to open in spring 2017. Most of the work on the project has been completed by local contractors. The dealership owners anticipate that the expansion will allow for an increase staffing levels.
- The Town of Bonnyville has approved a laser tag arena and party room. The owner hopes to have the facility up and running before Christmas.
- The Government of Alberta is providing $10M to non-profit organizations to establish 18 new Early Learning and Child Care Centres across the province. The program is expected to create 1,000 new child-care spaces and up to 230 new child-care jobs.
- The Government of Alberta has launched a $3.5M school nutrition pilot program in 14 school boards. Each of the publicly funded school boards will receive $250,000 in grant funding to assist with the pilot.
- The Government of Alberta is providing $35M to small towns and rural municipalities for maintenance work on bridges and resource roads
- The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees recently filed an application for a strike vote on behalf of the 120 workers at the Edith Cavell Care Centre in Lethbridge. The employees have been without a contract for nearly one year.
- Edmonton-based Stantec is adding to its drone fleet with plans to expand its engineering and inspection services. The company is planning to train 15 pilots to fly the drones.
- The Government of Canada has awarded nearly $3.2M to the Westlock Regional Water Services Commission for Phase 3 of the Fawcett Water Transmission Line project. Construction is scheduled to start in April 2017.
- Wheatland Regional Corporation has received approval for the $18.4M second phase of its regional water supply project. The money comes from the provincial Water For Life Program and the Government of Canada through the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund.
- Several mid-sized oil and gas producers have increased their capital spending plans for 2017. Whitecap Resources Inc. plans to drill 187 oil wells and increase its capital spending to $300M, a 71% increase from its 2016 capital budget.
- FX has issued an open casting call for extras in the Calgary area as it prepares for Season 3 of Fargo. Shooting is expecting to start in January 2017 and will run until May.
Week of Nov 07 - Nov 11, 2016
- The Salvation Army recently opened a new employment centre in its Addictions and Residential Services building in downtown Edmonton. The centre will help people facing chronic unemployment to find work.
- The Canadian Professional Rodeo Association has signed a two-year extension with Northlands to keep the Canadian Finals Rodeo and FarmFair International in Edmonton until 2018. Northlands estimates that the two events bring a combined $50M in spending.
- The Siksika First Nation, near Calgary, has applied for a licence to produce medical marijuana. If the licence is approved, the community will partner with LDI Group to establish an $8.2-million production facility by 2018.
- The Central Alberta and Eckville Co-op are planning to form a partnership through amalgamation allowing members to use one Co-op number at 42 locations in 10 communities. The proposed name of the new entity will remain Central Alberta Co-op.
- The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology has started work on an off-campus training facility for apprenticeship programs in Calgary. Construction of the $5.35M facility is expected to create hundreds of jobs and is slated for completion by fall 2017.
- Horse Racing Alberta and Northlands have reached an agreement that will see horse racing continue at Northlands Park Racetrack in Edmonton through 2017 and into June 2018. A new racing facility is scheduled to open in the Edmonton area in July 2018.
- Construction of Paterson Grain's $40M Bowden terminal project has been pushed ahead to spring 2017. The company originally planned to start work on the project in fall 2016.
- According to Statistics Canada, Calgary's unemployment rate rose to 10.2% in October reaching its highest level since November 1993
- Legacy Gate, a $7M commercial development in Lethbridge, is scheduled to open in spring 2017. Businesses for the site, confirmed to date, include Tim Hortons, a Petro-Canada station, a 7-Eleven convenience store, and a Jetz car wash.
- Strathcona County is moving forward with plans for a new regional multi-purpose agricultural facility at a projected cost of $20M
- According to the City of Fort Saskatchewan, commercial development has been steady in the city this year but low oil and commodity prices are making it difficult to attract new businesses. The impact has been greatest for services supply companies.
- The Saipem Canada fabrication facility has reduced its staffing levels in Edmonton, from 400 in fall 2015 to approximately 50. The plant currently has no ongoing projects, but according to company officials, there are no plans to close the facility.
- A childcare centre at Portage College in Lac La Biche, operated by the Lac La Biche Childcare Association, is set to close on November 30, 2016. The association attributed the closure to the struggling economy and the rising cost of operations.
- Ruth's VLT, a miniature casino in Cold Lake, held its grand opening on November 3, 2016. The facility features VLTs, horsebetting and a bar and restaurant.
- Calgary-based Perpetual Energy ceased operations in Lamont County according to a recent notice in the local newspaper
- Construction of a new Ace Hardware and Building Supplies store in Tofield began on November 1, 2016
- Fort McMurray Today, the local newspaper that serves Fort McMurray, is reducing its publishing to twice a week and concentrating on posting stories to its website. Prior to the wildfire in May 2016, it published six times a week.
- The Government of Alberta has introduced the Investing in a Diversified Alberta Economy Act, which will establish two provincial tax credits for investors and businesses in eligible sectors
- Vulcan County has awarded a $215,650 contract to Southwest Design and Construction for construction of a new fire hall in Champion. The HVAC and electrical systems will be installed by other contractors, with Vulcan County overseeing the work.
- Wheatland County recently approved an application that would allow Metak Distributing Ltd. to build a munitions storage depot. The facility will provide munitions supplies to retail outlets and well as to the public and private sectors.
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