Labour Market Information

PROJECTED GROWTH BY INDUSTRY

Rocky View is home to many fast growing industries. It is valuable as a job seeker to explore which industries or job sectors are immediately hiring or have future opportunities to understand how to position oneself in today’s market. Individuals who have worked primarily in one industry may find other industries are hiring for the same type of job. Have a look below and see which sectors are expecting job growth!

 

Industry

Expected 4-year job growth

Nursing

6500 new jobs

Paralegal/Social Workers

5900 new jobs

Motor Vehicle/Transit Workers

5700 new jobs

Retail Clerks

5400 new jobs

Cleaners

5000 new jobs

Sales Supervisors

4500 new jobs

Admin/Office Staff

3600 new jobs

Trades

3200 new jobs

Auditors

3000 new jobs

Teachers

2800 new jobs

 

Note: Adapted from: https://work.alberta.ca/documents/occupational-forecast-alberta.pdf

 

®     Nurses are not expected to see much demand in 2017 but demand is expected to pick up significantly starting in 2018 and have the highest four year growth estimate of 6500 jobs

®     Paralegal/Social workers are seeing a moderate increase in 2017 and will continue with steady growth with a four year growth estimate of 5900 jobs

®     Motor Vehicle and Transit workers are expected to be in demand more in 2018 and 2019 with a four year growth estimate of 5700 jobs

®     Retail Clerks are fairly steady with a four year growth estimate of 5400 jobs

®     Cleaners are also fairly steady with a four year growth estimate of 5000 jobs

®     Sales Supervisor are expecting a four year growth estimate of 4500 jobs

®     Admin/Office Staff are consistent with a four year growth estimate of 3600 jobs

®     Trades are not expected to see very much demand in 2017 but demand is expected to start growing in 2018 with a four year growth estimate of 3200 jobs

®     Auditors should be steady year over year with a four year growth estimate of 3000 jobs

®     Teachers should see demand in 2017 but demand is expected to slow down each year thereafter with only a four year growth of 2800 jobs of which 1000 are expected in 2017

 

POPULATION GROWTH

Why is this important? Well if you are thinking of starting a new business or seeking opportunities, it is important to understand where growth is occurring. Airdrie has a current population of 61,581. As such, it continues to be one of the fastest growing communities in Alberta and Canada. Over the past five years, Airdrie has experienced an average annual growth rate of 7.48 per cent. Due to the current economic downturn, Airdrie’s population growth has slowed down slightly. Cochrane has a population of 25,853 and Rocky View County has a population of 39,407. All three areas have shown growth since 2010.

Location

Growth percentage since 2010

Airdrie

8.1%

Cochrane

5.4%

Rocky View

9.9%

 

Adapted from: Airdrie.ca, 2016, Cochrane.ca, 2016

 

ANNUAL growth rate for Airdrie & Cochrane (exclusively).  And current population for both in accordance to the last census.

Cochrane grew from 16% from 2001-2006 to 27% from 2006- 2011.

Airdrie grew from 41% growth from 2001-2006, to 47% from 2006-2011.

Statistics 2006 and Cochrane.ca

 

COMMERciaL PROJECTS

Airdrie has seen a staggering increase in construction permit values in recent years. Activity has been strong in both industrial and residential construction. Below is a list of some of Airdrie’s major commercial, industrial, and mixed-use construction projects in 2016. It is important to take a look at which up and coming construction projects are on the go, because this gives us key indicators of the jobs that will be opening up and in which industries they will be available.

 

Airdrie Commercial Projects in 2016

Commercial Project

Cost

Coopers Crossing

$25 million

K-7 School, Windsong Heights

$13.3 Million

K-4 School, Herons Crossing Addition

$12.4 Million

Field of Dreams RV, Kings Heights

$3.4 Million

Strip Mall Addition, Sierra Springs

$2.6 Million

Magic Mountain Daycare, Sierra Springs

$2.2 Million

Strip Mall, Midtown

$1.9 Million

Source: http://www.airdrie.ca/index.cfm?serviceID=480

 

Cochrane Commercial Projects since 2010

Commercial Project

Cost

New Aquatic and Curling/Multi-sport Centre

$45 million

Bow River Bridge and Arterial Road Connections

$41.2 Million

Police Station

$10.8 Million

Riverfront Park and Complete Flood Projects

$6 Million

Open Space master Plan Implementation

$4.3 Million

Wastewater Capacity Upgrade

$2.6 Million

Transit

$2 Million

 

Cochrane.ca. (2016). Major Projects | Cochrane, AB - Official Website. [online] Available at: https://www.cochrane.ca/544/Major-Projects [Accessed 19 Aug. 2016].

 

Highland Park and also High Plains Park (same as the Balzac/industrial area).

Airdrie’s largest commercial projects since 2010.

®     K-5 school, H. Lorimer, Kings Heights, $12.6 million

®     K-4 school, Coopers Crossing, $8.9 million

®     Save-On-Foods with interior Starbucks, $8.8 million

®     Platinum Storage, Gateway, $6.8 million

®     City of Airdrie Fire hall, Williamstown, $3.9 million

®     Strip mall, 5 bays, Kings Heights, $2.9 million

®     Carstar Autobody Shop, Gateway, $2.5 million

®     Strip mall, 5 bays, Kingsview Market, $1.5 million

®     Strip mall, 8 bays, The Village, $1.5 million

Airdrie.ca. (2016). City of Airdrie - Major construction projects. [online] Available at: http://www.airdrie.ca/index.cfm?serviceID=480 [Accessed 19 Aug. 2016].

 

Cochrane’s largest commercial projects since 2010.

®     New Aquatic and Curling/Multi-sport Centre, $45 million

®     Bow River Bridge and Arterial Road Connections $41.2 million

®     Police Station, $10.8 million

®     Riverfront Park and Complete Flood Projects, $6 million

®     Open Space master Plan Implementation, $4.3 million

®     Wastewater Capacity Upgrade, $24.6 million

®     Transit, $2 million

®     Railway Pedestrian Crossing, $2 million

®     Horse Creek Crossing Project, $2 million

®     Centre Avenue Grade-separating Crossing, $30.3 million

®     Ongoing Road and Infrastructure, $39.6 million

®     Ongoing Water Capacity Upgrades, $9.2 million

®     Fleet, Equipment and Facility Life cycling, $14.5 million

Cochrane.ca. (2016). Major Projects | Cochrane, AB - Official Website. [online] Available at: https://www.cochrane.ca/544/Major-Projects [Accessed 19 Aug. 2016].

 

LARGEST EMPLOYERS

Rocky View is home to many large employers because of its well positioned location. We also see many large businesses set up shop because of tax advantages (no business tax), available land, and growing population. These employers employ hundreds of Albertans each year and are continuing to support the Rocky View economy.

 

Airdrie employers over 100 employees (full-time, part-time & casual)

 

 

Employer

# Employed

Propak Systems Ltd.

1,049

Rocky View Schools

462

City of Airdrie

445

Walmart Canada

400

Real Canadian Superstore

300

Fortis Alberta

254

Canada Safeway

200

First Student Canada

175

ADESA Calgary

160

McDonald’s Restaurant

160

 

Source: http://www.airdrie.ca/index.cfm?serviceID=484

 

Major employers in the Balzac industrial area;

®     Alta Genetics Inc.

®     Blue Grass Ltd

®     Costco

®     Douglas Trucking

®     Harmony Beef

®     Rangeland RV & Trailer

®     Rocky Mountain Enterprises

®     Zytech Building Systems Inc

 

Cochrane Employers over 100 Employees

 

Employer

# Employed

Spray Lake Sawmills

162

All Span Building Systems

75 - 165, currently approx. 115

Dynastream Innovations

75 employees

 

Source: https://bowvalleycollege.ca/Documents/Executive/community%20vitality/Cochrane.pdf

 

According to Statistics Canada, the unemployment rate is 4.4 per cent in Rocky View County, with the provincial average at 7.4 per cent.

rockyview.ca, 2016