Labour Force Statistics for Wainwright

  • Labour Force Growth in Alberta averaged 11.4% since 2000.  54% of this growth is from out of province migration (primarily from Ontario), and 18.6% is from immigration.

  • Demographic trends indicate the worker shortage is just beginning, in fact it is predicted to become worse as baby boomer's begin to retire.

  • In 2005 Alberta surpassed all provinces and became the highest paid province in Canada.

  • In 2006, Alberta may have had the hottest economy in the developed world with an unemployment rate of 3.5% and a participation rate of 70%.

    According to the Labour Market Thermometer:

    • 4% unemployment rate is a Tight Labour Market
    • 3% unemployment rate is a Shortage Labour Market

Keeping on top of employment trends and learning how to capitalize on those trends, is critical to keeping a stable workforce in your business or organization.

The Wainwright region is growing in every aspect, the need for quality staff is across the board. Below you will find just some of the employment trends in the area, not in any particular order:

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The Oilfield, in the Wainwright and Provost Region, continue to be extremely active. There is continual need for a variety of trade workers especially heavy-duty mechanics, rig workers, and equipment operators. Transportation drivers are in high demand both with Class 3 and Class 1 licenses.

Health Services
Medical Service ProffessionalsWith the increasing population in Wainwright Region, professional health services are in demand. East Central Health has continual postings, at the Wainwright, and Provost Health Centers, for such positions as Registered Nurses, Mental Health Therapists, Radiation Technicians, Pharmacists, etc. There are also opportunities for supportive services at these Centers.

Other Health Services, such as dental and optical, have continual need for assistive positions.


Due to the activity in the oilfield/construction industries and the opening of new restaurants, there are continual advertisements for cooks, servers, front desk attendants, and housekeepers.

Oilfield & ConstructionWith the increased activities in the oilfield and construction, as well as increased development at the Wainwright Canadian Forces Base, there is great opportunity for those looking to work in the Trades. There is a demand for trades such as electricians, plumbers, and mechanics.

Plumbers and electricians are just two of the trades areas benefiting from the enormous growth in both residential & commercial construction in the Wainwright region. As well, home renovation & home repair specialists are also in demand. Other trade areas in demand include mechanics, instrumentation technicians, and equipment operators.