Overview

The agriculture and agri-food sector in Alberta includes crops and livestock, horticulture, bio-industries, food production, and food and beverage processing. It continues to be a bright spot in the province’s economy, even during the recent economic downturn.

Last year, primary agriculture in Alberta contributed $5.2 billion to GDP and generated $13.5 billion in total farm cash receipts – representing over 20% of total Canadian farm cash receipts. The sector also employs around 49,300 Albertans.

We have one of the world’s most productive primary agriculture economies and we enjoy an outstanding reputation for food quality. Alberta is one of the few jurisdictions in the world that produces more agricultural products than it consumes.

Our blueprint for jobs

The agriculture and agri-food sector has been aggressively trending toward value-added and processed foods, which enables companies to better capitalize on global food trends.

As part of A Blueprint for Jobs, we will develop a strategy for the agriculture sector with goals of:

  • Implementing an investment, value-added and export growth strategy led by Government to increase the value of agriculture in Alberta.
  • Attracting investment with an aggressive investment attraction target of $1.4 billion over the next 4 years.
  • Creating 2,000 new direct jobs in key sectors such as canola processing, pork industry, plant protein, greenhouse, food processing, malt industry, agri-technology, and other emerging sectors.
  • Growing Alberta’s exports in primary agriculture to 7.5% per year and in value-added exports to 8.5% per year.
  • Advocating for more dedicated agricultural capacity at Global Affairs Canada and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and for a Canada Food Inspection Agency that is more responsive to industry and better oriented to business development.

Key sectors

We are focusing our efforts in areas where the potential for growth is the greatest: