Young, diverse and growing workforce
Alberta’s population is young, diverse and highly educated. The combined share of workers with a post-secondary certificate and university degree rose to 64.8% in 2020 from 56.7% in 2011.
Alberta recently opened Workforce Strategies, a new $600 million program designed to assist businesses in the hiring and training of employees. Learn more about this program here.
Alberta has the third highest percentage of landed immigrants in the working age population and in 2019, 43,694 new immigrants in Canada came to Alberta.
Internationally ranked post-secondary institutions
Alberta is home to some of the best post-secondary institutions in the country — specializing in energy, computer science, business, engineering and medical sciences.
The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s leading universities. Not only is their computing science program ranked sixth in Canada, but their artificial intelligence (AI) research is ranked third in the US and Canada.
Alberta is also home to two of the country’s top 10 business schools and the Northern Alberta Institute for Technology (NAIT) is one of the largest technology and apprenticeship schools in Canada.
With excellent post-secondary institutions, the province attracts tens of thousands of international students every year. As of 2021, 64.8 per cent of Albertans aged 25 to 64 have completed a post-secondary program.
Workforce of the future
Alberta is home to almost 100,000 tech workers. That number keeps growing thanks to the province’s excellent post-secondary institutions.
Over 9,000 students graduate from STEM programs annually and Alberta’s post-secondary institutions are the third largest suppliers of STEM graduates in the country.
Most tech workers cluster around the Calgary and Edmonton regions. In fact, Calgary has the highest concentration of high-tech workers in the country.
ENTREPRENURIAL AND PRODUCTIVE
Highest proportion of workers under the age of 45 in Canada
1 in 5 Albertans are born outside of Canada
64.8% of Albertans are post-secondary educated
Highest Median After-Tax Income in Canada
In 2017, small businesses generated 28% of Alberta’s GDP, the fourth highest in Canada
Top Business Schools
The Alberta School of Business, University of Alberta and the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business are two of Canada’s top business schools
Engineering Capital of Canada
Alberta has the most engineers per capita in Canada
Best Place for Youth to Work
Edmonton was ranked one of the best cities in Canada for youth to work