The forest industry in Alberta currently creates jobs for over 20,000 people and contributes more than $5.5 billion to the provincial economy. The Government of Canada’s Forest Products Sector Council is predicting that the number of people employed in the forest industry could double in the prairie provinces by the year 2020.
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.
- Since its inception, the program has been presented to more than 2000 young people.
- Alberta’s forest products industry creates jobs for 20,000 Albertans.
- The industry contributes over $5.5 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.