Labour Market Information

Understanding labour market information (LMI) is essential in building a skilled and resilient workforce in Alberta. Learn about LMI and how it can help you make decisions that may improve your company, your workforce, and the overall success of your business.

What is LMI?

LMI is data and information about the supply of, and demand for, labour within a specific area (geographic region or sector). These data include:

  • the economy
  • industry activity
  • occupational forecasts
  • trends
  • technology
  • social and demographic data about workers

How can LMI help me?

Using LMI can help you anticipate and assess your needs as a local employer. There is information from wages to best practices. When using labour market data to support your workforce planning, you stand a better chance of:

  • retaining and recruiting the right employees
  • benefiting from effective industry practices
  • developing business relationships
  • resolving in-house labour disputes
  • finding new markets for your products or services

LMI resources

Alberta's labour market

The Government of Alberta provides the following reports about the province’s workforce. This information is regularly updated to reflect the current conditions in Alberta and may help you better plan and adapt to your needs.

  • Monthly labour force statistics and annual reviews
    • Monthly updates on Alberta’s labour force which includes employment and unemployment rates
  • Profiles of Alberta industries
    • Annual profiles of Alberta’s 18 major industries. Information and statistics on demographics, wages and employment trends
  • Alberta Labour Force Profiles
    • Annual reports on the labour force characteristics of Alberta’s five target groups: women, youth, immigrants, Aboriginal people, and workers aged 45 and older
  • Labour market forecasts
    • Short and medium employment forecasts for Alberta and the eight economic regions
    • Long-term occupational demand and supply outlook by the National Occupational Classification (NOC)
  • Wage and salary information
    • Information on wage and salary by occupation, region and industry in Alberta
    • Employment and wage profile of Alberta workers with post-secondary education.

Workforce Consultants
You will also find local labour market information through the government’s workforce consultants. Workforce consultants are located across the province and can provide you with in person consultation about your business. They have intimate knowledge of local labour information and can connect you to tools and resources to help you recruit, retain and adapt to your workforce.

Workforce Partnerships
In order to ensure continual workforce growth through skills enhancement, the government has developed workforce partnerships to assist employer groups, industry sectors, and municipalities. The intent of these partnerships is to help with employee attraction, retention and training.

Learn more about Workforce Partnerships 

Non-Government Sources
Additional sources of local labour market information can be found through industry associations, and chambers of commerce. They can provide you with valuable information on the current conditions within a specific industry or sector.

Canada’s labour market

The following resources can help you learn more about the Canadian labour market and hiring opportunities available to Alberta employers.

  • The Government of Canada’s Business Network 
    • gathers labour and employment data across the country and provides analysis on:
      • employment and unemployment
      • hours worked
      • number of employees and payrolls
      • income based on surveys conducted by Statistics Canada
  • The Government of Canada’s Job Bank 
    • provides free job ad postings and matching service that gives you to access to available workers who have the skills you are seeking
    • contains valuable LMI and statistics about the workforce across Canada including: job vacancies by status, occupation, sector, and wage.
    • gives you a list of programs and services to help your business as well as helping you hire from a pool of available workers
International labour market

When faced with labour shortages, international labour markets may provide you with the workers you need.

In most cases, an employer must obtain Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to hire a temporary foreign worker. There are exceptions for some categories of workers due to trade agreements.

New LMIA criteria:
Recent changes have been introduced to LMIA criteria where applications for certain high-wage occupations with sufficient available labour in Alberta will not be processed. Visit Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) to see how this may affect you.

International market profiles
The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade has published a series of market profiles to give you information on:

  • demographics
  • GDP
  • industries
  • import and Export commodities
  • Alberta relations with the country or region
  • sector opportunities