Regional Labour Profile Highlights Significant Workforce Advantage


A study that considered aggregated labour data and information from employers in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, Strathcona Industrial Area, and northeast Edmonton, determined that nearly half of the 12,000 jobs were in the chemical manufacturing industry. This statistic, along with other key employment data points, offers valuable insight into the labour market advantages available in the Industrial Heartland Region. Rail transportation, petroleum product manufacturing, and pipeline transportation are other sectors with burgeoning labour indicators that contribute to a thriving Industrial Heartland region labour market.

The Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Regional Labour Profile provides critical labour information for investors, stakeholders, and existing companies and examines competitive labour advantages to doing business in the Industrial Heartland Region. Summarized data includes an employment profile, workforce issues and recommendations, data on recruitment and retention, diversity opportunities, technology change, wage/salary information, and workforce needs and shortages. The survey methodology supporting the study was designed to provide an in-depth picture of the workforce in the Industrial Heartland region. Employers were selected to participate in the survey based on location and industry sector.

“This study will assist and inform investors and existing companies as they calculate future business and investment opportunities in and around the Industrial Heartland Region. With a 21st century, educated and diverse labour workforce, we believe the Industrial Heartland Region is well-positioned to capture more than $30 billion in new investment potential in the petrochemical energy sector,” says Mark Plamondon, Executive Director of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association.

The Industrial Heartland Region is considered a world-class location for petrochemical, manufacturing, oil and gas investment and is also Canada’s largest hydrocarbon processing region. It is a powerful economic driver for Alberta and Canada and offers attractive competitive advantages in energy diversification and industrial development.

The profile is a collaborative effort of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association, Strathcona County, Sturgeon County, Lamont County, the City of Fort Saskatchewan, the City of Edmonton, and the Government of Alberta’s Ministry of Labour & Immigration and is available for download HERE.