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A skilled and motivated labour force is needed to realize Edmonton’s business and industrial development potential.

Edmonton’s labour force of nearly 770,000 answers current needs – and employers, post-secondary institutions, government and other partners are committed to growing the labour pool through education, training, inter-provincial migration and immigration. (City of Edmonton - Labour Force Survey)

Edmonton benefits from a younger, growing population – and one actively motivated to work. 

  • Over the past decade, Edmonton’s population has grown 1.5% - 3% per year with the 2011 Canadian census indicating 11.2% growth for the City of Edmonton between 2006 and 2011, double the national average.
  • Almost 40% of the city’s population is between ages 20 to 44. (City of Edmonton - City Trends) 
  • Edmonton has a seasoned and sizable workforce over 45 to mentor younger employees. 
  • Edmonton is home to Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) one of Canada's largest trade apprenticeship trainers. 
  • Albertans have the highest productivity rate in Canada.
    (Government of Alberta - Highlights of the Alberta Economy)
  • A 73.5% workforce participation rate illustrates a population actively engaged in Edmonton’s economic prosperity.
    (EEDC - Edmonton Economic Statistics)

Mixed skills support a diversified industrial base

Edmonton’s diversified labour pool provides needed worker skills to a range of industries.  Drawing from the regional population base of nearly 1.2 million, almost 62% of the local labour force has post-secondary education or apprenticeship training and another 23% are high school graduates. (Statistics Canada)

The top three fields of study (Statistics Canada) are:

  • architecture, engineering and related technologies 
  • business, management and public administration
  • health, parks, recreation and fitness

The top five occupational fields (Statistics Canada) are:

  • sales and service
  • business, finance and administration
  • trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations
  • education, law, government-related services
  • natural and applied sciences and related occupations

Labour force snapshot

Edmonton Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) Seasonally Adjusted (Statistics Canada, Edmonton Indicators, June 2013)

15 years and older June 2013 Year-over-year Change
May 2012 to May 2013


Labour force






Participation rate (%)


Unemployment rate (%)


Employment rate (%)

70.9 %


A growth in immigration over the past decade has added significantly to the multicultural nature of Edmonton’s workforce and community. These skilled immigrants expand the multilingual capacity of the community and strengthen global connections from Asia, the Middle East, Europe and South America.

Experienced labour force by industry

Edmonton CMA, 15 years and over (Statistics Canada)

Experienced Labour Force by Industry - Statistics Canada

Industry  Percentage 
 Sales and service  22%
 Trades, transport & equipment operators  18%
 Business, finance, and administration  17%
 Educations, law and social, community and government services  11%
 Management  11%
 Natural and applied sciences  8%
 Health  7%
Manufacturing and utilities  3%
Art, culture, recreation, and sport  2%
Natural resources, agriculture, and related production  2%


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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