Year’s end is no time to rest for many workers in Alberta

While most Albertans take a break from work or school, many continue to work so we can enjoy the season.

The end of the year is a time when many Albertans gather with family and friends to celebrate the holiday season, enjoy festive events and take a break from their daily routines.

Some workers don’t get that break, and their contributions to providing a welcome holiday for Albertans shouldn’t be forgotten. The store clerks providing precious gifts; the oil, gas and utility workers ensuring homes are warm; the restaurant and supermarket staff making sure tables are laden; the health workers and first responders keeping people safe; and the road crews clearing the way for travel - all are working to give Albertans the opportunity to make the most of their holiday time.

“As you enjoy the holidays please take a moment to reflect upon those who are working at this time of year. They are spending time away from their families so we can spend time with ours. This season let us all resolve to do the best we can to ensure workplaces are safe, fair and healthy.”

Ric McIver, Minister of Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour

Alberta workplace statistics

  • Highest workforce participation rate among provinces of 73.1% versus national rate of 66.5% (2013)
  • Highest average wages of $28.26/hour (October 2014) and $1,150/week (September 2014) among provinces
  • Highest employment growth rate in Canada, gaining 50,500 jobs since November 2013

Joseph Dow - Press Secretary, Jobs, Skills, Training and Labour