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.
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 in Alberta due to low levels of employment.
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Athabasca--Grande Prairie--Peace River Region||(Undetermined)||2016-12-23|
|Banff--Jasper--Rocky Mountain House Region||(Undetermined)||2016-12-23|
|Lethbridge--Medicine Hat Region||(Undetermined)||2016-12-23|
|Red Deer Region||(Undetermined)||2016-12-23|
|Wood Buffalo--Cold Lake Region||(Undetermined)||2016-12-23|
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).
- March 2017 | (PDF, 247 KB)
- February 2017 | (PDF, 224 KB)
- January 2017 | (PDF, 234 KB)
- Annual Edition 2016 | (PDF, 280 KB)
- December 2016 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 248 KB)
- November 2016 | (PDF, 222 KB)
- 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 Apr 10 - Apr 14, 2017
- The Canadian branch of Repsol SA has vacated eight of its 22 floors office space in a Calgary building, with plans to sublet the space. The decision comes as a result of there being fewer Repsol staff in the building due to relocations and job cuts.
- WestJet is outsourcing its in-flight food services as it changes its onboard food service. Affected employees will either have the option to stay on with the airline in another role, or take a severance package and apply for third-party food service job.
- Alberta Health Services is planning to construct a new heliport at the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre in Fort McMurray, starting in late 2017. The project is subject to approval from Transport Canada and the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.
- Construction of Horizon Housing Society's new affordable housing project in Calgary is set to begin in April and should be completed by late 2018. The Government of Alberta has granted $17.9M towards the development.
- The Town of Canmore is selling a parcel of land to the Canmore Community Housing Corporation for $1.3M to allow the society to develop its next affordable housing project
- Royal Roads University, in partnership with the Banff Lake Louise Hospitality Association, hosted a multi-day learning opportunity for about 30 students enrolled at the university's international hotel management program
- The Government of Alberta is launching a province-wide school nutrition program in the 2017/18 school year, thanks to an additional funding of $10M in the 2017 Budget. The money will be provided to 60 school boards who will administer the program.
- Rockwell Group and Nearctic Property Group are seeking $13M from the City of Edmonton for a pedestrian street as part of an $800M mixed retail and residential development. The first phase, worth $300M, is anticipated to be completed in three years.
- The Government of Alberta and the province's unions are expecting a surge in contract bargaining in 2017. Overall, more than 400 agreements will expire in 2017 in total.
- Alberta Transportation has approved funding to replace the existing old Smoky River Blue Truss Bridge on Highway 40, near Grande Cache. Construction could start as early as spring 2017 and is expected to be completed in late fall 2018.
- Strathcona County council has approved care centre as a permitted use within the Emerald Hills Urban Village. A child care facility is proposed for the site.
- International Coliseums Company Ltd. and the City of Spruce Grove are planning to build a $79.3M multi-use sport and event centre. If approved, construction of the facility would create an estimated 3,300 jobs, starting in 2019.
- The new YMCA Child Care Centre opened in Spruce Grove on April 3, 2017. The centre has 18-20 staff.
- The Town of Okotoks is planning to replace the Laurie Boyd Bridge across the Sheep River. Construction is expected to begin in 2018.
- The Government of Alberta is providing almost $1M in joint funding for seniors and affordable housing initiatives in Grande Prairie
- The Father Beauregard School will be reopening in September 2017 following interior renovations to repair smoke damage from the wildfire in May 2016. Many of the former staff are expected to return to the school once it reopens.
- The Government of Alberta is providing $10M for 22 pilot Early Learning and Child Care Centres across Alberta, to demonstrate the importance and viability of $25-a-day child care. The project will create approximately 119 new child care staff jobs.
- Two major road construction projects in Lethbridge are slated to begin in April 2017. Both projects are expected to be completed by fall 2018.
- The City of Medicine Hat has awarded a $7.8M contract to Westpro-Pomerleau, a Calgary-based facility constructor, to replace the Crescent Heights Lift Station
- Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. has eliminated 400 jobs in the past two years through attrition. Most of the positions were in its North American exploration and production division.
- The Government of Alberta is planning to build a new $50M interchange in Cochrane, at Highways 1A and 22. Construction could start as early as fall 2019, with completion in 2021.
- The Government of Alberta is providing approximately $0.47M for three projects in rural Alberta which aim to create jobs and diversify their local economies
- The Government of Alberta is providing approximately $0.24M to five communities in northwestern Alberta for regional economic development projects
- The Government of Alberta is providing $0.3M to the Village of Foremost for Phase Two of its Foremost Unmanned Aerial Systems Range project
- The Government of Alberta is providing nearly $0.225M for economic development projects in southwestern Alberta, including a material recovery facility in the Town of Taber
- The Government of Alberta is providing $0.3M towards economic developments projects in Calgary's International Avenue Business Revitalization Zone. Approximately 425 businesses operate in the zone.
- Five schools in Fort McMurray affected by the wildfire in May 2016 have been cleaned and repaired, and are set to reopen in September 2017. The schools are in the hardest-hit wildfire areas, and will likely have low enrolment.
- Construction of a new Students' Association of MacEwan University building recently began in Edmonton. The project is scheduled for completion in fall 2019.
- His Highness the Aga Khan, Chairman of the Aga Khan Development Network, has donated over $25M to the University of Alberta for construction of The Aga Khan Garden, southwest of Edmonton. The garden is expected to open in 2018.
- Construction of a new ambulance bay and expanded emergency department at the Wainwright Health Centre is set to start soon. The $3.65M project is expected to be completed in late 2018.
- Blaze Fast-Fire'd Pizza, a California-based restaurant chain, opened a second location in Edmonton on April 13, 2017
Week of Apr 03 - Apr 07, 2017
- Cenovus Energy, based in Calgary, is buying most of the Canadian assets of ConocoPhillips for $17.7B. The deal adds natural gas production and gas processing capacity to Cenovus.
- The Alberta Small Brewers Association expects that at least 30 new breweries being planned in Alberta this year. The industry is also experiencing an increase in micro-malters and hops and barley growers.
- Source Energy Services, based in Calgary, has sold approximately 50% more hydraulic fracturing sand in January 2017 compared to the same month in 2016, with expectations that 2017 will be a record year for the company
- R'ohan Rig Services Ltd. and Raider Well Servicing Ltd., both in Lloydminster, are looking for employees in all positions right from floorhands to drillers for service rigs
- Turnarounds at the Husky Asphalt Refinery and the Husky upgrader are expected to bring hundreds of tradespeople to Lloydminster. The bulk of turnaround crews come from out of town boosting demand for accommodation, food and beverages.
- CWC Energy Services and Wrangler Well Service are actively recruiting for service rig hands in the Lloydminster area. The steadier price of oil means some companies are bringing production on to some wells that they put on hold.
- The Town of Canmore has budgeted $3.4M for major road reconstruction and $0.9M for utility work in 2017. The work is expected to be complete by the end of October.
- The Town of Bashaw has awarded a $1,080,346 construction contract to Carbon Earthworks of Red Deer for infrastructure replacement work in 2017
- CTV Calgary is losing three sports reporter/anchor positions in Calgary as part of a wider restructuring by the parent company Bell Media
- The City of Camrose has approved plans for the $5M TownSquare Camrose, a mixed use development by Home Solutions and RDS Development. Construction of the project is expected to start by the end of April 2017 and should be completed in 18 months.
- The Government of Alberta has committed $25M for the Alberta Small Brewers Development Program in its 2017 budget. A similar program for small distillers, wineries and meaderies is in development.
- The Government of Alberta has allocated a minimum of $97M over the next four years for a new Red Deer Justice Centre. The building will include 12 courtrooms, with the potential to expand to 16 courtrooms in the future.
- The Government of Alberta is providing nearly $0.25M to four organizations in the Red Deer area through the Community and Regional Economic Support program. The funding helps communities tackle economic development projects.
- The Government of Alberta is providing over $0.21M to seven organizations to support job creation and economic diversification
- Alberta Health Services has opened a temporary community collections site in Brooks as part of the expansion of lab services in southeast Alberta. The site will operate until construction on the permanent lab is complete.
- Construction has started on the Encore Tower, 43-storey condominium building, in downtown Edmonton. The $7B project is expected to be completed in fall 2019.
- Enform recently released a study which projected that 8,700 more jobs could be lost if oil prices drop below US$50 per barrel for a sustained period. The Calgary-based firm researches labour market trends in the Canadian energy industry.
- The County of Newell is seeking tenders for a paving project on East Gem Road. The paving reserve for the project is worth approximately $8.6M.
- INDOCHINO, a made to measure menswear company, has opened retail locations in Edmonton and Calgary
- A recent job fair for construction of the $1.42B Calgary Southwest Ring Road attracted more than 1,000 applicants for the 300 available positions. The work is expected to start later in April 2017 and should be completed in 2021.
- A second Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th off-price satellite store recently opened in Edmonton
- The Government of Alberta is funding a new emergency department at the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton as part of a $65M capital investment over four years. Approximately $6M is also being spent on infrastructure maintenance.
- The Rural Municipality of Wood Buffalo is launching a regional transit pilot program in 2017 that will provide enhanced bus service to communities surrounding Fort McMurray
- The Government of Alberta has committed more than $200M to twin the Highway 15 bridge to Fort Saskatchewan. The 2017 budget earmarked $10M to begin planning and design to twin Highway 15 and the bridge.
- R&W Furniture, a retail furniture store in Rosemary, is closing after 42 years. The store will close when all the inventory has been sold.
- The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science is highlighting the shortage of medical laboratory technologists, particularly in rural and remote areas of Alberta. Almost 50% of its members will retire over the next 10 years.
- Construction has started on a new 97-unit supportive living facility for individuals with chronic mental illness, brain injuries and mobility issues in Edmonton. The building is expected to open in fall 2018.
- The Government of Alberta is granting approximately $20M over four years for infrastructure projects in Castle Provincial Park and surrounding communities. The funding will be used in highway paving and new water line projects.
Week of Mar 27 - Mar 31, 2017
- Camrose Women's Shelter recently opened the doors of its expanded facility. The new facility will accommodate three new employees and will allow an increase in programming at the shelter.
- The Town of Beaverlodge is spending approximately $5.6M on capital projects in 2017, which includes upgrades to the water treatment plant and road work
- The Government of Canada is providing a $30M one-time payment to help with the reclamation of orphan wells in Alberta. Alberta has more than 82,000 inactive oil and gas wells.
- Grant Thornton LLP has been appointed as a receiver over all assets of Lexin Resources Ltd., as the company enters receivership. All the assets of the company, including over 1,380 wells, are to be sold.
- Construction of a $39M southeast Calgary interchange has been accelerated after developers stepped forward with $13M, prompting a commitment from the province. The work could start in summer 2017, with completion anticipated by winter 2018.
- Canada Company, a federal charity that helps military members transition into civilian life, in partnership with Military Family Services plans to expand the METSpouse program across Canada
- A research team at the University of Alberta has been awarded $0.5M over three years from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, for Zika virus studies. The group is collaborating with scientists in Brazil.
- Tenaris Global Services is reopening its manufacturing plant in Calgary and rehiring about 100 employees that it laid-off two years ago. The company is also planning to build a $20M service centre in Grande Prairie with 20 new employees.
- The Alberta Electric System Operator is seeking competitive bids for renewable energy projects under the Renewable Electricity Program. Successful projects are expected to be operational by the end of 2019.
- Irma School has been selected by the Government of Alberta for replacement, one of nine in the province. Construction is expected to start in April 2018, with the school reopening in September 2019.
- Wild Life Distillery in Canmore is planning to add employees and expand production, following the announcement of a grant program for craft distillers by the Government of Alberta
- The second and final phase of the Banff Elementary School is set to receive between $13.5M and $14.4M from the Government of Alberta. The second phase will include construction of the remainder of the school, more classrooms, a library and gymnasium.
- The Government of Alberta is providing $270.6M to the University of Calgary over four years to renovate the MacKimmie Complex and Professional Faculties building. The renovated building will add 500 new classroom and study spaces.
- The Alberta Liquor and Gaming Commission has approved a new horse racing track in Leduc County. The $50M Century Mile Entertainment Centre will have a track, grandstand, slot machines, off-track betting and food and beverage outlets.
- Construction has started on the $50M North Red Deer Regional Wastewater Transmission System in central Alberta. The project is being funded by the Government of Alberta, the Government of Canada and the regional water commission.
- The Government of Alberta is providing $21.6M over four years to Northern Lakes College for a centralized facility in High Prairie. The project is anticipated to generate approximately $46.3M for Alberta's economy and will employ more than 276 people.
- The Government of Alberta is granting $7M to Calgary's Fresh Start Recovery Centre to build post-treatment housing and add 46 beds to the facility
- Starting April 3, Airdrie Urgent Care will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat non-life-threatening health concerns. Life-threatening conditions will continue to be treated at Calgary and area emergency rooms.
- St. Albert Centre is adding Bellissima women's clothing, Soft Moc shoes and Evena Naturals to its roster of businesses in the former Target location
- The new High Prairie Health Complex is adding approximately 16 full-time equivalent staff positions, including Health Care Aide and Licensed Practical Nurse, to help care for additional supportive living clients
- The Government of Alberta has committed $40M for a new storage facility at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin. Construction is expected to start in spring 2018.
- St. Patrick's Community School in Red Deer is set to undergo renovations. The Government of Alberta is granting $9M towards the project.
Week of Mar 20 - Mar 24, 2017
- The Government of Alberta is providing $5.7M for the planning phase of 14 affordable housing projects across the province
- Film Alberta Studios is producing a $3M feature film, Puppy Love, in Edmonton
- The Government of Alberta's 2017-18 budget is estimated at $54.9B. Some of the major capital projects included in the budget are: new schools, a new hospital in Edmonton and a long-term care facility in Calgary.
- The Government of Alberta is planning to increase the number of full-time equivalent employees by 2,822 in 2017-18. The majority of new recruits will work for Alberta Health Services.
- Rocky View County is currently recruiting about 60 employees for seasonal positions. Most of the positions run from April to late August.
- Rocky View Employment Services held a job and career fair in Airdrie on March 23. Each of the 17 employer booths at the event were hiring up to 15 workers.
- The Thorpe Recovery Centre in Lloydminster is starting Children's Intensive, a program for children and their parents who are affected by addiction. The centre's staff is currently being trained by the Betty Ford Centre in the US.
- The Town of Blackfalds has awarded a $350,000 contract to Hoots Ltd. to plan, design, and build a new bike skills park. Construction of the park is expected to be completed by late summer of 2017.
- Pet Valu, a retail pet services store, opened in Strathmore on March 3, 2017
- The Town of Sylvan Lake has awarded a $2.99M contract to Border Paving Ltd. for infrastructure replacement and upgrades
- The City of Edmonton has approved a plan by ONE Properties and Wheaton Properties for a four-building project composed of both residential and commercial tenants
- Lac La Biche County has allocated approximately $28M for capital projects throughout the county in 2017. The money will be spent on road upgrades, as well as water and sewer line replacements.
- The Town of Banff has received a $11.9M funding commitment from the Government of Alberta for 132 affordable housing units. Construction of the housing units is expected to start in spring 2017, with occupancy by fall 2018.
- The City of Brooks has awarded a construction contract of approximately $1.25M to Brooks Asphalt & Aggregate for road upgrades and general street improvements. The work is expected to start in May 2017 and should be completed by September.
- Jasper National Park is set to receive $78.8M from the Government of Canada for infrastructure improvements
- The Government of Alberta is providing $1B for new school capital projects across Alberta over the next four years. The projects are expected to create 6,000 direct and indirect jobs across the province.
- Enbridge is cutting approximately 1,000 positions following its takeover of Spectra Energy Corp of Houston, Texas. The company did not provide a geographic breakdown of the layoffs.
- The new Battle River Health Clinic opened at Hamilton's IGA in Ponoka on March 16, 2017. Construction of the project created work for local sub-trades.
- The Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton is set to open 12 adult acute mental health beds and six psychiatric intensive care beds in April 2017. Alberta Health Services also plans to close a 20-bed unit at Alberta Hospital Edmonton.
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