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Outlook & Prospects for Metallurgical and Materials Engineers 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||(2 of 3 stars)||2015-05-29|
For the 2014-2016 period, the employment outlook is expected to be fair for Metallurgical and Materials Engineers (NOC 2142) 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 high 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||(Undetermined)||2015-05-29|
|Wood Buffalo--Cold Lake Region||(Undetermined)||2015-05-29|
Labour Market Bulletins
An analysis of the local labour market and an assessment of local employment-related events.
- 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)new
- 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 Jul 13 - Jul 17, 2015
- Alberta's Orphan Well Association reports a 329% increase in the number of abandoned oil and gas wells due to the energy downturn. As of July 2015, the association is responsible for 704 wells, up from 164 at the same time last year.
- Forest fires continue to burn large areas of Alberta. As of July 14, Alberta has 92 active wildfires, 12 of which are listed as out of control. Year-to-date, the province has recorded 1,409 wildfires burning 482,355 hectares.
- Extreme drought and a grasshopper infestation are devastating crops in Parkland County, west of Edmonton. Parkland County council has declared a state of agricultural disaster and is seeking federal and provincial support for local farmers.
- The Calgary Chamber of Commerce and the Calgary Emergency Management Agency have launched a new program to help businesses in times of emergency
- The City of Wetaskiwin recently presented its Economic Development Action Plan 2015 ¿ 2018. The plan has a focus on retail development, and identifies 55 new retail projects by 2017.
- Royal Dutch Shell recently reported that it is unlikely to restart its suspended oilsands projects until oil prices return to $80 per barrel
- According to recent figures by Statistics Canada, Calgary's unemployment rate of 5.9% is at its highest level since September 2011
- Sylvan Learning recently closed two tutoring centres in Calgary and Airdrie. The closure affects approximately 20 staff.
- As of July 9, Alberta has 95 active wildfires, 30 of which are listed as out of control. Since April 1, the province has recorded 1,308 wildfires burning 460,937 hectares.
- The Greek debt crisis has caused a further reduction in oil prices, putting additional pressure on Alberta's beleaguered oil industry. On July 6, the price of West Texas Intermediate crude fell 7.7% to $52.53US a barrel, the largest percentage loss since February 2015 and the lowest settlement price since April 13, 2015.
- Todd Hirsch, chief economist at ATB Financial says Alberta is facing more energy sector layoffs and unemployment could rise above 6% this summer. The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers predicts capital investment in oil and natural gas will be $45 billion in 2015, a 40% decline over 2014.
- Cabela's, a US outdoor adventure-themed retailer, will be hiring 200 people for its new Calgary store set to open in the fall of 2015
- Effective July 1, 2015, the Chartered Professional Accountants Act unites and regulates Alberta General Accountants (CGA), Certified Management Accountants (CMA), and Chartered Accountants (CA). Alberta has 11,842 CAs, 8,509 CMAs and 6,634 CGAs.
- Calgary will soon have the necessary structures in place to attract movie and television productions. The $22.8M Calgary Film Centre, featuring 50,000-square-foot sound stages, will be operational by the first quarter of 2016.
- The price of 100 pounds of Alberta beef at slaughter increased by an unprecedented 36% to $192.80 year-over-year in May 2015, and continues to rise due to persistent drought conditions in cattle country
- Edmonton-based SBI BioEnergy is building a$10M refinery that converts fat and grease into renewable diesel and jet fuel. Once operational in 2016, the company plans to hire 25 people.
- Alberta's hourly minimum wage will rise by $1.00 to $11.20 on October 1, 2015. The government's goal is to create a $15.00 minimum wage rate by 2018.
- Chevron Canada has recently advised that it is restructuring its operations but did not disclose any possible job reductions. The Canadian business unit oversees projects including a liquefied natural gas export terminal, oil and gas fields, offshore drilling and oilsands.
- The Consulting Engineers of Alberta estimates 1,000 (or roughly one in ten) engineering jobs have been lost due to the energy downturn
- Sobeys, a food retailer, announced 1,300 jobs will be eliminated Canada-wide in 2016. This includes closing a Calgary food distribution centre employing 200 workers and replacing it with an automated operation centre in Rocky View, Alberta.
- Tax preparation software developer Intuit Canada has laid off 60 employees, mainly in Edmonton. The company says the cuts are due to structural changes in the company. Approximately 120 employees remain in the company's Edmonton office.
- The Medicine Hat Catholic Board of Education has approved a 2015-2016 budget that decreases 0.9 full-time equivalent teaching positions, and 0.5 full-time equivalent support staff. Learning services have increased by two full-time equivalent staff.
- Members of the Medicine Hat Co-op, and South Country Co-op have voted to joined forces and incorporate a new business on December 1, 2015. No job losses are expected. The head office of the merged cooperatives will remain in Medicine Hat.
- As part of a new climate change plan to reduce emissions, Alberta plans to increase the carbon levy from the current $15 to $20 per tonne in 2016 and $30 in 2017
- The Government of Alberta has enlisted the former Governor of the Bank of Canada, David Dodge, to guide the development of a plan for Alberta's growing infrastructure needs
- The Conference Board of Canada predicts Red Deer's economy will contract 1.2% in 2015, while Medicine Hat and Lethbridge will experience GDP growth of 0.4% and 1.1%, respectively. The board's Mid Sized Cities Outlook 2015 was released June 30, 2015.
- The Government of Alberta has introduced Bill 3, the Appropriation (Interim Supply) Act, which restores funding to health-care and human services, and freezes post-secondary tuition. The previous government had proposed cuts to funding in these areas.
- A recent report from Statistics Canada has found that Alberta is continuing to attract people from other provinces, in spite of slumping oil prices. Alberta had the strongest population growth rate of all the provinces.
- The oil sands industry in Alberta is projected to have strong growth, but at a reduced rate according to a new report from RBC Dominion Securities. Production from the oil sands and capital investments are expected to occur at a slower rate than previously forecast in 2014.
- Retail trade in Alberta declined 2.5% in the first three months of 2015 over 2014, according to a recently released report from Colliers International. Alberta led the country in retail growth in 2014, with sales rising 7.7% to $78.7B.
- TELUS is investing $1B in Edmonton to connect more than 90 per cent of homes and businesses directly to the company's fibre optic network over the next six years. TELUS also announced a $120,000 investment in the Edmonton Public Library system.
- Wood Mackenzie is predicting that $100B is at risk for Canadian oil producers in the absence of significant pipeline construction by 2030. Transportation bottlenecks and increased production are expected to push more oil to the railways.
- Simons, a major Canadian fashion retailer, is planning a $200M expansion, including new stores in Calgary and Edmonton by 2017. The family-owned company currently operates nine stores, all in Quebec, except for one at West Edmonton Mall, which opened in 2012.
- The City of Airdrie is seeking a new tenant for the Airdrie Town and Country Centre after the current lessee decided against further renewal. The city is open to both non- and for-profit organizations as tenants.
- A program called BaseToBusiness was launched by the Government of Alberta tasked with encouraging employers to tap into the skillsets of veterans who are transitioning from the Canadian Armed Forces
- The Town of Crossfield has approved rezoning for a parcel of land that will allow Dream Developments to build housing for 2,900 residents. The first phase of Vista Crossing, planned for early 2016, will include about 140 homes.
- Deerland Equipment is planning for September 2015 to finish the first stage of the Landing Park Development in Athabasca. The area, zoned for highway commercial development, is expecting to attract restaurants and retail businesses.
- The Alberta Chambers of Commerce has recently released a report suggesting that a proposed increase in the Alberta minimum wage would result in fewer jobs and cuts to workers' benefits. The results come from over 1,500 responses to a business survey.
- The Banff Lake Louise Hotel Motel Association is concerned about proposed increases to the Alberta minimum wage. The association is also asking that the current liquor-server wage differential be retained.
- TransCanada Corp. has laid off 185 people, mostly stationed in Calgary, from its major projects department in a bid to cut costs and improve efficiency. Approximately 100 full-time employees and 85 contractors, were affected.
- The City of Edmonton has approved construction of a funicular, pedestrian bridge and outdoor elevator in the river valley. Construction on the $24M project could begin in the summer of 2015, pending financing agreements.
- Edmonton Public Schools has approved a budget of approximately $1.1B for the 2015-2016 school year. The budget includes funding for 67 additional full-time teaching jobs and 51 extra full-time support staff positions, such as educational assistants and library technicians.
- Dynastream Innovations, a Cochrane high tech company, has been rebranded under Garmin Ltd. The Cochrane office, which is set to expand, has been an important design and engineering centre for Garmin internationally.
- The new Cold Lake Elementary School is slightly behind schedule in construction, but plans are in place to open by September 1, 2016
- Encana Corp., a Calgary-based energy company, is warning of further job cuts in the wake of low oil prices and structural reorganization. The company currently has 3,500 employees and contractors.
- The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority is testing new technology at the Edmonton International Airport to streamline passenger flow and security screening. Four new gates have been installed that automate several functions previously handled by staff, including scanning boarding passes and assigning passengers to lanes.
- The River Cree Resort and Casino, on the Enoch Cree Nation, is breaking ground on its new entertainment venue with construction scheduled to start July 7, 2015. The facility will have a capacity for 2,600 patrons.
- The City of Lethbridge has ratified a new collective agreement with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents 672 city employees. The four-year agreement provides for guaranteed wage increases and a lump sum payment.
- The City of Lethbridge is dispersing more than $432,000 from the Community Capital Project Grant to thirteen local not-for-profit groups. The funds will support facility upgrades and expansion.
- Bos Scapes Inc. has been awarded a $3.67M contract to develop and landscape sports fields at two school sites and the Keystone Park Fitness Loop in Lethbridge
- The University of Lethbridge has been awarded a record $3.9M in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. The funding supports research programs, faculty and students.
- Lemon Tree Pole Fitness, a pole fitness studio, has recently opened in Grande Prairie
- The new Canadian Tire store in High River, currently under construction, is on target to open in late October 2015. The store hosted a hiring fair on June 24, 2015.
- Lakeland College, in Vermilion, has signed an agreement to establish a special purpose fund of $130,000 for awards for Métis students. Bursaries and awards will be distributed each year worth between $2,500 and $3,500 to students of Métis heritage.
- The Lloydminster RCMP is seeking support from the City of Lloydminster for four additional members for the detachment. The employees would be plain-clothes officers, who would aid in investigative duties as needed
- Mountain Top Foods has started construction on a new food processing plant in Nanton. Equipment in the facility will allow the company to work double shifts and increase production.
- Edmonton Economic Development Corp. has launched the Manufacturing Centre of Excellence in Edmonton. The pilot project, with some funding from the National Research Council's Industrial Research Assistance Program, is primarily aimed at businesses with annual revenues of more than $1M.
- The Town of Okotoks has received a development permit application to build a Save On Foods location, but no information was provided on a construction timeline
- TransCanada Corp. has plans to build a rail terminal on a property recently acquired in the Industrial Heartland Area in Strathcona County. In addition, the company currently has three projects worth $1B approved for the county.
- The Pawn Shop, a music venue in Edmonton ceased operations on June 27, 2015. The owners cited increased rent and a downturn in the local economy as reasons for the closure.
- The University of Alberta has received $5.4M in funding from the Alberta Cancer Foundation and the Li Ka Shing Institute of Applied Virology, to research cancer therapies. The five-year project anticipates beginning human trials in 2020.
- Ducks Unlimited, an international conservation group, is hiring staff for a recently opened office in Strathmore
- Ferus Natural Gas Fuels Inc. has plans to build a $50M liquefied natural gas plant just south of the Hamlet of Villeneuve in Sturgeon County
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