Is there work available in my field in Alberta?
To avoid disappointment after you arrive in Alberta, learn as much as you can about the Alberta labour market before you move. The term labour market refers to the overall employment situation, not a particular place or thing. Labour market conditions in Alberta are constantly changing based on supply and demand and may differ from one area of the province to another. For example, employment demand for construction workers often increases dramatically after the announcement of a major construction project and decreases when the project is completed. How easy or difficult it will be for you to find work will also be affected by how many other qualified applicants there are in Alberta. Therefore, it is important to gather current, accurate information about the labour market in your occupation so you can make informed decisions.
The following sources of labour market information can help you develop a realistic picture of the current and future employment outlook in your field in Alberta:
- The Government of Alberta publishes labour market bulletins about specific cities and regions as well as information about the province as a whole on the Alberta Learning Information Service (ALIS) website.
- The ALIS website also provides links to Job Banks that post information about current employment opportunities in a wide variety of industries and occupations.
- Professional associations, professional regulatory organizations and unions may provide labour market information in newsletters or on their websites.
Most government labour market forecasts are based on National Occupational Classification (NOC) occupational groups. Each group and subgroup is identified by a number. To find out what number is associated with your occupation, check the appropriate occupational profile or use the NOC Number Search facility. Or ask a staff member at the Alberta Career Information Hotline or an Alberta Works office. If you are an immigrant, you also have the option of consulting staff at an immigrant serving agency.
- The Alberta Career Information Hotline provides
information by phone or fax. Hours of operation are between 8:15
a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
Phone number in Edmonton: 780-422-4266
Canada-wide toll-free phone number: 1-800-661-3753
Phone number from North American locations outside Canada: (780) 422-4266
Phone number from outside North America: 0-1 (780) 422-4266
- Alberta Works Centres provide access to print and Internet-based labour market information. They are located throughout Alberta. Contact information is also available from the Alberta Career Information Hotline.
- Immigrant serving agencies provide labour market information as well as other services for immigrants who have already arrived in Alberta. Contact information is available from the Alberta Career Information Hotline.