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).
- June 2017 (quarterly edition) | (PDF, 257 KB)
- May 2017 | (PDF, 231 KB)
- April 2017 | (PDF, 231 KB)
- March 2017 (quarterly edition) | (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 Jul 10 - Jul 14, 2017
- Cineplex Entertainment is building a Rec Room recreation complex at West Edmonton Mall, the second location in the city. The company is planning a job fair within the next month to fill the 400 positions expected when the venue opens.
- CBI Health Group, the largest provider of community healthcare services in Canada, has opened a health clinic in Lloydminster. The company plans to hire between 15 to 18 professionals, as services grow over the next couple of years.
- The County of Grande Prairie has awarded a contract to Taber Solids Control to desludge wastewater treatment lagoons in La Glace and Bezanson. The work is expected to be complete by the end of the summer.
- Border Paving is undertaking the crack sealing and asphalt paving program for the Town of Ponoka in 2017. The Ponoka Airport taxiway extension will also be completed this summer.
- The Government of Alberta has allocated almost $1M in additional GreenTrip money for the Roam Regional Transit service in the Bow Valley. The funds will target expansion of transit options and improvement of transit infrastructure.
- The County of Wetaskiwin is receiving $3.7M from the Government of Alberta for four transportation infrastructure projects. Some of the work will extend into the 2018 construction season.
- The Government of Alberta has committed up to $1.53B over eight years to the first phase of the Calgary Green Line public transit project. Construction is estimated to create more than 12,000 direct jobs and over 8,000 supporting jobs.
- The Government of Alberta is providing $32.4M to the Heartland Housing Foundation to construct the Clover Bar Lodge seniors facility in Sherwood Park. Construction is expected to start in spring 2018 with occupancy projected for spring 2020.
- The Edmonton Police Service is starting design work for a new $48M live-fire training facility. The design portion is estimated at $1M, with projected construction in 2019-2022.
- Campgrounds in the Bow Valley are slated for improvements as part of a $30M funding commitment from the Government of Alberta for infrastructure work in Kananaskis Country
- Apache Corp. has sold its assets in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan for close to $1B in a strategic exit from Canada. The company had previously planned $125M in spending in Canada through to 2018.
- Starbuds, a medical marijuana access centre, has opened in St. Albert. The centre has one part-time doctor on site to assess patients and provide treatment options.
- Emissions Reduction Alberta has awarded $30M to help fund 12 projects designed to tackle methane emissions in the province. The projects have a combined value of more than $83M.
- The Government of Alberta is investing $88M and the Government of Canada more than $74M to twin the Peace River bridge. Funding will also be used to construct an underslung pedestrian bridge.
- The Jasper Employment and Education Centre currently lists about 300 job openings in hotels, bars, restaurants and tour companies, but employers are reporting a shortage of workers this year
- Natural Health Services is opening a medical cannabis clinic in Lethbridge on July 17. The company is the largest prescriber of medical marijuana in Canada.
- Portage College in Lac La Biche is planning to open a dedicated laboratory facility for its water and wastewater operator technician courses. The college estimates that the project will cost $25M to $40M for construction.
- The Sears store in Medicine Hat has given layoff notice to 20 full-time and 54 part-time employees. Local Sears employees have been told the store will be closing in mid-September and will be moved out of Medicine Hat Mall in early October.
- The Government of Alberta is investing about $27M worth of credits in 17 businesses, in the first round of the Capital Investment Tax Credit. The program is expected to support more than 1,500 full- and part-time jobs.
Week of Jul 03 - Jul 07, 2017
- The Government of Alberta has committed $80M to install sprinkler systems in all government-owned seniors lodges by 2019. The government has also budgeted $57M in maintenance to address repairs, including upgrading fire panels.
- Sundial Growers plans to hire about 25 employees for each of the 15 greenhouses to be built in the Olds area. The marijuana producer is currently building a manufacturing facility in Airdrie.
- The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are jointly providing more than $4M for the expansion of the Champion Petfoods facility in Parkland County. The project is expected to inject $250M in direct capital investment and create 200 jobs.
- Bellatrix Exploration Ltd. announced an increase in its 2017 capital budget to $120M following the sale of some non-core assets. The company has also increased its drilling program to 13 natural gas wells.
- The City of Wetaskiwin has awarded a $0.614M storm sewer rehabilitation contract to Cobra Plumbing & Gasfitting Ltd. The construction is expected to be complete this year.
- The Town of Peace River has started construction on the $23M Peace Regional Recreation Centre. Construction is estimated to be completed by the end of 2018.
- The new Riverside Medical Centre opened on June 30, 2017 in Drumheller
- The Government of Alberta is providing $7.15M to bring clean drinking water to the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation, northwest of Edmonton. A pump house, a reservoir of treated water and a waterline will be installed on the reserve.
- The Government of Canada is providing $11.2M for upgrades to the wastewater system for the Sherring Business and Industrial Park in Medicine Hat, and $1M for drinking water infrastructure in the Hamlet of Monarch
- The Government of Alberta and the Government of Canada are jointly providing more than $0.733M for six transit-related projects in the communities of Leduc, Airdrie, Lake Louise-Banff, and Spruce Grove.
- DeepMind, a subsidiary of Google parent company Alphabet, based in the UK, is opening its first international artificial intelligence (AI) research center in Edmonton. The center will work closely with the University of Alberta.
Week of Jun 26 - Jun 30, 2017
- The Government of Alberta has launched a $36M Residential and Commercial Solar Program that will fund rebates for solar panel installations. The program is expected to support the creation of 900 jobs in Alberta's solar sector by 2019.
- Simons is opening its second location in Edmonton in August 2017. The company is actively recruiting for a range of full-time and part-time positions at the store.
- Enbridge plans to start work on the Canadian portion of its $4.9B Line 3 pipeline replacement project on August 1, 2017. New construction and decommissioning of the old pipeline will extend into 2018.
- The City of Calgary is providing $10M as an initial investment in the Economic Development Investment Fund. The city is proposing that the money will be used by city departments, non-profit groups, and private sector partners to address economic needs.
- The completion of the new Bow River Senior's Lodge in Canmore has been delayed to September 2017. An additional six to eight weeks is required for staff to train in the new building and for it to be fully commissioned before residents can move in.
- Work to upgrade the Highway 27 Bridge between Olds and Sundre is underway and expected to be complete by late summer 2017
- About 500 technologists are on site at the Sturgeon Refinery near Redwater testing valves, sensors and other devices as the facility moves into the pre-commissioning phase. The $8.5B diesel refinery is expecting to start operations around April 2018.
- Sears Canada is closing 13 locations across Alberta as part of a larger restructuring across Canada. The specific timing of the closures has not been determined.
- The Government of Alberta is spending $2.9M and hiring six technicians for a new laboratory in Vegreville dedicated to preventing whirling disease. The lab is part of a $9.3M budget commitment by the government to reduce spread of the disease.
- The Canmore Community Housing Corporation has awarded Distinctive Homes the rights to develop the Old Day Care Lands for a Perpetually Affordable Housing project. Plans call for 49 affordable housing units on the site.
- Dara Mental Health is planning to open a mental health clinic in Cochrane in early 2018. Construction is scheduled to start in August or September 2017.
- Leaf Wise Rx, a Calgary-based medical cannabis clinic, has opened a location in Grande Prairie
- New Horizons Charter School is undergoing a $6.3M modernization that will replace the entire mechanical system. The work is expected to be complete by August.
- Design work is expected to begin in August on modernization work at Woodhaven Middle School in Spruce Grove. The $22.9M project will expand space at the school and fully modernize the mechanical, electrical, roof and outside walls.
- Women Building Futures and the Trans Mountain Expansion Project have launched a training program for a dozen Indigenous women from central Alberta. The eight-week course covers safety as well as basic training in carpentry and welding.
- Burwood Distillery, a new craft distillery in Calgary, is opening a tasting room and expanding their product line to produce gin, whiskies and fruit brandies
- The Government of Alberta is investing $1.2B over five years to build 4,100 new affordable housing units and improve 70,000 existing units by 2021
- Altitude Resources Inc. is moving ahead with a $1.2M exploration and drilling program for coking coal at the Palisades property near Grande Cache. The project is operated through a joint venture with Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation.
- The National Bee Diagnostic Centre in Beaverlodge is undergoing a $6M expansion and adding scientific staff. Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2018.
- Cenovus Energy is closing its office in Brooks
- JBS SA, a Brazilian meat packer, is divesting some of its assets including Five Rivers Cattle Feeding which operates the 75,000-head capacity Lakeside Feeders feedlot in Brooks
- London Drugs has opened the first-ever LDEXPRESS, a hyper-condensed version of a full retail store, in Calgary
- The City of Calgary is spending almost $30M on more than 100 road and sidewalk paving projects city-wide this year. A softened economy has allowed the city to hire on 11 private companies for 2017 work.
- Teck Resources is planning to build a $20.6B oil sands mine north of Fort McMurray. Teck estimates that the project would create 7,000 construction jobs, and 2,500 operational jobs with production slated for 2026, pending approvals.
- Canopy Growth Corp., Canada's largest medical marijuana company, is planning to build Edmonton's first cannabis production facility. The company expects that the facility will employ about 100 people once operational.
- Tolko Industries Ltd. plans to re-open its oriented strand board mill in High Prairie in early 2018. The company expects that when fully operational, the mill will employ about 175 people directly, support a contractor logging workforce and generate many indirect employment opportunities in the community.
- ICE District Properties is planning a new commercial/ residential development north of Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton. The company plans to seek a rezoning for the property from the city early in 2018.
- The Livingstone Range School Division is spending approximately $2.37M to upgrade space in the vacant G.R. Davis School building in Fort McLeod. The project is in partnership with the Town of Fort McLeod.
Week of Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2017
- The Government of Alberta has increased the Export Readiness Micro-Voucher Program grants. The program helps Alberta companies offset the costs of developing an international market assessment or business plan focused on one country.
- The Government of Alberta has opened the $40M Northern Alberta Urology Centre and the C.J. Woods Prostate Health Clinic in Edmonton
- The Calgary Regional Partnership has launched a pilot weekend bus service from Calgary to Banff. The project will run ten buses per day until early September.
- The Jasper Employment and Education Centre has listings for about 380 available jobs in Jasper, more than double the number of jobs posted this time last year. There are also fewer people looking for work in the area this year.
- SNR Group is building Infinity @ Marda Loop, a four-storey, mixed-use residential and retail building in Calgary. The project is expected to be complete in ten months.
- TusStar, a business incubator company with more than 80 locations in 45 Chinese cities, is opening its first Canadian office in Edmonton in partnership with TEC Edmonton
- London Drugs opened a new location in St. Albert on June 16, 2017. The store offers a learning centre and a medical clinic that is expected to open in July 2017.
- Construction is underway at the Vermilion Valley Lodge where 52 new units will be built and 34 existing units will be upgraded to ensure they meet current fire and safety standards
- Alberta had some of the highest average hourly wages in Canada in 2016 according to recently released information from Statistics Canada. The Wood Buffalo-Cold Lake region topped the list at $36.50 per hour.
- Gen III Oil Corporation is set to build its first full-scale "re-refinery" in conjunction with Elbow River Marketing Ltd, a subsidiary of Red Deer-based Parkland Fuels. Production is scheduled to start in the fourth-quarter of 2018.
- Paterson Grain has opened their unit-train loading Flagstaff Facility near Daysland
- The Broadacres Addiction Centre has opened in the Village of Glendon
- Sundial Growers is set to build a $110M marijuana production facility in Olds. The company recently secured approval from the federal government and a $29M private-sector funding commitment.
- Points West is building a new seniors housing and care facility in Lac La Biche. Alberta Health Services will manage 40 of the spaces, while the other nine are more luxury rooms privately operated by Points West. The opening is scheduled for spring 2018.
- The Fable Child Care Center opened in Morinville on June 12, 2017. The facility is being operated by Our House Child Care Center in Morinville.
- Sturgeon County has awarded a $10M multi-year contract for road construction and surfacing to E-Construction Ltd.
- WestJet is joining with the Mount Royal University aviation program to provide students with access to pilot mentors and the use of full flight simulators. Enrolment in the aviation program is at an all-time high according to the university.
- CAE, the Montreal-based flight simulation manufacturer, is forecasting a strong demand for pilots in its Airline Pilot Demand Outlook. The company projects that high pilot retirement rates and rapid fleet expansion will drive the demand.
- The Government of Alberta is investing an additional $75M during the 2017-18 school year to support classroom improvement. The money can be used for new teachers and support staff, in-classroom resources, and professional development supports.
- The rideshare company Uber is set to launch in Lethbridge before fall 2017 following a bylaw change by the City of Lethbridge that allows ridesharing services
- Bullets and Broadheads Shooting Centre, an indoor six-lane shooting, archery, and axe throwing range is set to open in Grande Prairie by the end of 2017. The $1.5M facility will also have a tactical training centre for police and military.
- Dillon Consulting is building a Tim Hortons restaurant in Nanton. The site is scheduled for a 40-seat restaurant with drive-thru, and for a 16-seat outdoor patio.
- The Government of Alberta is providing $25.8M over three years to support mental health programs at post-secondary institutions
- High Prairie Forest Products has launched a $55M modernization project at its sawmill and kiln. The major construction is expected to be complete in November with other minor work extending to March 2018.
- Acklands-Grainger is closing its location in Drumheller in July 2017. The closure is one of 57 company locations to be shuttered across Canada.
- The City of Calgary is spending $82M on the Glenmore Dam to improve flood protection on the Elbow River. The project is expected to be complete in 2020.
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