The forest industry in Alberta currently creates jobs for over 40,000 people and contributes more than $7 billion to the provincial economy.
Jobs in the forest industry provide vast opportunity for growth, meaningful work in a sustainable industry, and a great lifestyle in a forest community. To learn more about careers in the forest industry and view current job opportunities, visit workwild.ca.
What’s At Stake
- Alberta’s forest products industry has faced many challenges recruiting and retaining labour over the past several years.
- Factors such as competition from other industries and a lack of knowledge among youth about the diversity of careers available in the industry contribute to the challenge.
- The industry needs skilled labour to grow and develop innovative products.
- If we can’t find labour, some operations may be forced to close and existing jobs will be threatened.
What We’re Doing
- In partnership with the Government of Alberta, the Alberta Forest Products Association launched the Work Wild program in January 2011.
- The program is designed to educate youth about the variety of careers available in the forest products industry and the high quality of life that a career in the industry can provide.
- Work Wild uses personal communication in high schools and at community events, an innovative website, social media and advertising to reach youth.
- Alberta’s forest products industry creates jobs for 40,000 Albertans.
- The industry contributes over $7 billion to the provincial economy.
- The Conference Board of Canada estimates that Alberta will be short over 300,000 workers by 2025. Many of these jobs could be in the forest products industry.