Population by Municipality


Source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census, Alberta Municipal Census

Population by Age Group


Source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census, Alberta Municipal Census

The GROWTH Alberta region is home to more than 31,000 Albertans.

In the face of broad trends toward urbanization, the region is maintaining its population, including a healthy foundation of local youth. This is, in part, due to the efforts of the municipalities and school boards that comprise GROWTH Alberta. The region has an active youth retention strategy, and is committed to ongoing efforts designed to maintain our population

Labour Force Participation (aged 15 and over)


Source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census, Alberta Municipal Census

The region enjoys a healthy level of labour force participation for people aged 15 and over (69.2%) with significant work force activity in industry centres such as Woodlands County (77.2%) and Swan Hills (80.7%).

At the same time, unemployment rates in the region are extremely low, with a regional average of 3.5% and a low of 2.5% in the Town of Swan Hills (Statistics Canada 2006 Census).

Although the unemployment rate in the province of Alberta rose to 4.4% in January of 2009, the province still enjoys one of the highest unemployment rates in all of Canada (compared to the national unemployment rate of 7.2%).


Total Experienced Labour Force (aged 15 and over, by Industry)


Source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census, Alberta Municipal Census
The GROWTH Alberta region has a relatively high level of experienced labour in agriculture and resource-based industries, and in educational services.


Total Experienced Labour Force (aged 15 and over, by Occupation)


Source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census, Alberta Municipal Census

The GROWTH Alberta region also has a significant proportion of skilled trades, transport and equipment operators; primary industry occupations; and occupations unique to processing, manufacturing and utilities.


Educational Attainment (aged 15 years and over)


Source: Statistics Canada 2016 Census, Alberta Municipal Census

Although the proportion of GROWTH Alberta residents with no certificate of education is slightly higher than the provincial average, the region’s strength in registered trades education is again demonstrated by the significantly higher number of trade graduates relative to the provincial average.


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