Unionization rates

Alberta's overall unionization rate is estimated at 23.5%. The public sector (public administration, education and health) makes up the bulk of this rate.

Estimated Union Coverage, 2015 Annual Averages
Total Employees ('000) Unionized Employees ('000) Percent Union Members
Forestry, fishing, mining, quarrying, oil and gas 142.1  16.8 11.8%
Utilities 20.2 9.6 47.5%
Construction 196.8 33.9 17.2%
Manufacturing 131.3 25.1 19.1%
Trade 292.1 28.3 9.7%
Transportation and warehousing 113.4 31.0 27.3%
Finance, insurance, real estate and leasing 84.1 4.0 4.8%
Professional, scientific and technical services 117.3 4.1 3.5%
Business, building and other support services 60.0 5.2  8.7%
Educational services 132.6 91.0 68.5%
Health care and social assistance 230.4 121.2 52.6%
Information, culture and recreation 62.6 13.6 21.7%
Accommodation and food services 140.6 4.4 3.1%
Other services 88.2  3.5  4.0%
Public administration 94.4 60.7 64.3%
Public Sector Rate 409.5 289.5 70.7%
Private Sector Rate 1,516.6 163.3 10.8%
All Industries 1,926.0 452.9 23.5%

Note: above statistics exclude self-employed Albertans.

Source: Statistics Canada