The Alberta government is forecasting strong employment levels over the next decade and says there will a shortage of more than 100,000 workers by 2021.
The new occupational demand and supply outlook forecasts that Alberta will generate over 606,000 jobs and approximately 492,000 new workers will join the labour force by 2021.
Alberta could face a cumulative labour shortage of up to 114,000 workers across all sectors by 2021.
It also predicts that the province could face a cumulative labour shortage of up to 114,000 workers across all sectors by 2021, up from the previous shortage of 77,000 workers forecast two years ago.
Some occupations with anticipated shortages include a variety of trades, health care workers, financial services, retail sectors, public service careers and restaurant and tourism related jobs. Aging demographics, a strong economy and global competition for skilled labour are some of the biggest reasons for the forecasted labour shortage.
“Addressing the labour shortage is a joint responsibility between government and industry. Clearly we need to continue working with schools and businesses to mitigate these shortages,” says Human Services Minister Dave Hancock.
“However, Albertans should know there will continue to be jobs for them and their children well into the future. This report further emphasizes the need for us to continue our strong focus on attracting and retaining skilled Canadians and international workers.”
Building and Educating Tomorrow’s Workforce is the Alberta government’s long-term labour force strategy in partnership with the private sector and communities. The strategy’s goals are to:
- Inform Albertans and employers about labour market trends, training and education opportunities; attract job seekers
- Develop the knowledge and skills of Albertans along with innovative workplaces
- Retain workers. This includes improving labour market conditions for Aboriginal people, youth, immigrants, mature workers and people with disabilities.
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