Productivity rates

In 2014, Alberta had the highest productivity in the country. Total value added (GDP) per hour in Alberta’s business sector was 44% higher than the Canadian average. Alberta's manufacturing sector and business services also had the highest productivity of all provinces.

Business sector productivity chart

Manufacturing productivity chart

business services productivity chart

Business services include the following sectors:

  • Transportation and warehousing
  • Information and culture
  • Finance and insurance
  • Professional, scientific and technical services
  • Administratrive and support serves, waste management and remediation services
  • Arts, entertainment and recreation
  • Accommodation and food services

For years, Alberta’s productivity growth rate was one of the lowest in the country. However, Alberta’s productivity performance has improved considerably in recent years: between 2009 and 2014 productivity in Alberta’s business sector grew at an average annual rate of 2.3%, the highest of any Canadian province. The growth in labour productivity in the manufacturing sector was also the highest in the country at a rate of 5.7%.

business sector productivity growth chart

manufacturing productivity growth chart

business services productivity growth chart

For more information on productivity in Alberta please visit Go Productivity.