Alberta, also known as Canada’s “energy province” is the most populous with over 3.9 million people as of January 1, 2013. It is considered to be a great place to work for it’s stable economy and innovative business spirit. It’s high standard of living, diverse communities and beautiful landscapes makes Alberta an ideal home.
On September 1, 1905, Alberta, named for Princess Louise Caroline Alberta, fourth daughter of Queen Victoria, became a province of Canada with Edmonton as its capital city. The province of Alberta was created by joining the District of Alberta with parts of the districts of Athabasca, Assiniboia and Saskatchewan.
Learn more about Alberta by visiting Wikipedia
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Moving and Living in Alberta
Declared to be the fifth most livable city in the world according to Economist magazine’s 2012 list released this August. There are three big reasons why immigrating to Alberta is a good thing. One, there is no provincial tax — a bonus for immigrants who might be shocked by all the taxes they pay in Canada. Two, the housing market is strong, but prices are not so out of reach. Lastly, and most important, job sectors seeking workers are immense. Alberta is just the right choice!
Trends show annual immigration to Alberta is steadily increasing: from welcoming close to 21,000 immigrants in 2007 to almost 31,000 in 2011. This has helped make Alberta a richer, more dynamic and more multi-faceted province. On the other hand, current labour market projections suggest that Alberta will continue to require an ever growing number of new workers to sustain the economy.
- Immigrants and Immigration to Alberta Overview – PDF
- Alberta looks to immigrants to fill skill shortages
Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP)
The Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program (AINP) is an economic immigration program operated by the Government of Alberta with the Government of Canada’s department of Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC). It supports Alberta’s economic growth by attracting and retaining work-ready immigrants to the province.
Follow this site for more information about the Alberta Immigrant Nominee Program. Requirements and application forms are made available.
Life in Alberta (Edmonton: Fares & Passes)
Public transportation is an excellent option for saving money and reducing your environmental impact. Alberta’s public transport system is well developed in larger cities like Edmonton and Calgary and some smaller communities.
For those looking for the best shot at making a higher wage, Alberta may be the place to make it happen. Figures compiled by the agency between January 2012 and January 2013 show that Alberta recorded the highest average hourly wages in the nation in that time period- $27.86 per hour.
|Occupation Title||Average Hourly Wage|
|Food Service Supervisors||$13.28|
|Hairstylists and Barbers||$19.32|
|Motor Vehicle Body Repairers||$27.02|
|Heavy-Duty Equipment Mechanics||$31.41|
|Electronic Service Technicians (Household & Business Equipment)||$26.14|
|Restaurant and Food Service Managers||$19.10|
|Non-Destructive Testers and Inspectors||$31.89|
|Automotive Service Technicians, Truck and Bus Mechanics andMechanical Repairers||$29.99|
|Hotel Front Desk Clerks||$13.26|
|Light Duty Cleaners||$14.39|
|Estheticians, Electrologists and Related Occupations||$14.69|
|Retail Trade Supervisors||$15.96|
Note: All AWSS Data can be found at: www.alis.alberta.ca/wageinfo
- Alberta Average Hourly Wages Are The Highest In Canada
- 2011 Alberta Wage and Salary Survey Overview – PDF
Alberta has one of the world’s best education systems. Visit the Government of Alberta Education site for more information about elementary and secondary schooling. And visit the Advanced Education and Technology website for more information about post-secondary schooling.
Business and Investment in Alberta
Alberta consistently has the highest investment per capita among provinces. In 2012, Alberta’s investment per capita was $25,348, more than double the Canadian average of $11,224 per capita. Alberta has the third largest petroleum reserves in the world and is expected to reach 3.1 million barrels per day by 2018 (ERCB forecast)
Key Investment Sectors
To stimulate development and growth in Alberta’s industries, Alberta government and industry leaders have developed key business development initiatives in a number of areas.
Job opportunities in your occupation in Alberta are boundless. In this regard, the Government of Alberta offers diverse and rewarding career opportunities for everyone – from individuals beginning their careers to those with lots of experience. Of course, important details about workplace rights and responsibilities, employment standards and work-related resources are further explained.
Visiting and Planning
You have come to the right place! Here in Alberta, there are dozens of extreme escapes waiting for you. The province brings you adventures that will push you to the limit, and also more relaxed pursuits that you’re sure to enjoy. A variety of activities and must visited places are provided for your benefit.
The currency used is the Canadian Dollar (CAD), which is divided into 100 cents. One-dollar coins are also known as loonies (due to the picture of a loon, a type of bird, on the coin), and two-dollar coins as toonies. Banks and bureaux de change will change money and travelers cheques. Major credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are plentiful. US Dollars are largely accepted, though due to fraud, larger notes might not be and change is usually given in Canadian dollars.
Where To Stay
Hostels vary from basic (bed, kitchen facilities) to superior standards (family rooms, laundry facilities, licensed café, showers, sauna). Alberta offers 15 hostels in Banff, Jasper (along the Icefields Parkway), Kananaskis Country, David Thompson Country, Calgary and Edmonton. For more details visit Alberta Hotel Guide.
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