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Labour Force Development

Edmonton is committed to creating a community and business environment that retains and grows our workforce to capitalize on the bright potential of our future. Economic opportunities motivate many to move to Edmonton, but the lifestyle keeps them here.

The City's economic statistics show an Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) labour force of 770,700 (as of February 2014), reflecting a 5% year-over-year growth rate. The City of Edmonton updates its Labour Force Survey monthly.

Labour Costs

Edmonton enjoys a competitive position regarding location-sensitive labour costs for an average industrial operation, as illustrated by the KPMG Competitive Alternatives 2014 report’s cost modeling results.

Consider the Greater Edmonton area’s advantage versus costs in other major centres:

  • Vancouver: 1.1% higher than Edmonton
  • Toronto: 3.2% higher than Edmonton
  • New Orleans: 6.1% higher than Edmonton
  • Denver: 7.9% higher than Edmonton
  • Houston: 8.9% higher than Edmonton

Currently Alberta is seeing a modest upward pressure on wages in the 2.4% - 3.5% range and a sub 2% consumer price index inflation rate.

Edmonton also benefits from more modest labour rates in many categories compared to other major Alberta centres, and is even more competitive with other Canadian and U.S. cities.

Current Average Labour Costs

Occupation Hourly wage (March 2013)
Management $44.31
Business, finance and administrative $25.35
Natural and applied sciences, related occupations $39.65
Health $31.35
Social science, education, government service and religion $33.62
Arts, culture, recreation and sport $22.35
Sales and service $18.12
Trade, transport and equipment operators, related occupations $28.81
Occupations unique to primary industry $29.07
Occupations unique to processing, manufacturing and utilities $25.01
Source: Statistics Canada

The average weekly earnings for all industries in Alberta (as of March 2014) was $1,145.63. The Government of Alberta updates its Economic Review and related statistics weekly.

For More Information

Ken Mamczasz, P.Eng.

Economic Investment and Development
Regional and Economic Development
9th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111-104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0J4

Title Director, Economic Investment & Development



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