Build your future
Breath-taking natural wonders, welcoming communities, and new, exciting experiences are not the only things that attract people from all over the world to Alberta. Our quality of life is excellent and our economy offers many new career opportunities.
Working in Alberta
Salaries in Alberta vary depending on the employer, hours worked and educational qualifications, as well as experience and responsibilities which the position requires. Alberta wages are among the highest in Canada.
If you are coming to Alberta, one of your first priorities will be to find a job. The Government of Alberta has many resources to help you with your search. The alis website provides career, learning and employment information.
The Government of Canada’s Job Bank has tools and information about careers, including the skills and knowledge needed for different jobs. Use this website to create a professional resume and to be matched to job postings that suit your experience and skill set with Job Match.
Some occupations in Alberta are regulated, meaning that you must be licensed by a professional regulatory organization in order to work in that occupation. If your occupation is regulated you often can, and should, begin the licensing process with the organization before you come to Canada. Other jobs are not regulated, meaning that you do not need to be licensed in order to work.
This information shows a breakdown of average household spending in Alberta in one year. “Other expenditures” includes household operations, furnishings, and recreation. This will help you understand what expenses you can expect once you arrive in Alberta.
Take care of your family
Most people living and working in Alberta get free access to medical clinics or hospitals and most medical services under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan. Discover more about Alberta’s health care system.
We take pride in our high-quality education system. In 2017, 63% of the labour force, 25 years of age and older, held a post-secondary education certificate, diploma or degree.
Children living in Alberta must attend school from ages 6 to 16. Public education is free for those under 20 years of age, up to the end of senior high school.
Most students attend school from early September to late June. A wide range of schools are available (public, Catholic, Francophone, charter, private) offering innovative programs (home education, online/virtual schools, and alternative programs).
Alberta’s post-secondary system has 26 publicly funded institutions, including 6 universities, 2 technical institutes, 11 public colleges, 5 private university colleges, and 2 arts and culture institutions.
Average tuition fees per year for full-time Canadian baccalaureate students for 2017 - 2018:
- Alberta $5,745
- Canada $6,618
Many Albertans own a vehicle; however, you can usually travel within larger communities using public transit. To drive a car, truck, or van, you need a driver’s licence, insurance, and registration for your vehicle.
Alberta continues to develop and improve our public transportation system. Many cities offer public buses while Calgary and Edmonton also have train transit systems. A monthly pass for unlimited access to the public transportation system in a larger city will cost about $95/month, and $55 – $80/month for a smaller city. Explore public transportation in Alberta.
From condominiums and townhouses (or row houses) to single family homes (or detached houses), Alberta has many different types of housing at a wide range of prices. By doing your research and learning about the right type of home for you and your family, you will surely find a place to call your own.
If you are working or attending school and you have young children, you may need to arrange for child care. Alberta offers both informal, unlicensed care and formal, licensed programs. Discover your options.
Enjoy your life
Cost of living
Living in Alberta is affordable. A Mercer 2017 worldwide Cost of Living survey of 209 cities compared the cost of over 200 items including housing, transportation, food, and household goods. The city ranked as number one is the least affordable. Of Canadian cities in the survey, Vancouver was ranked #107, Toronto was #119, and Montreal was #129. Calgary was very affordable with a ranking of #143.
Alberta has 4 distinct seasons - from hot summers to snowy winters and everything in between. Alberta enjoys the highest number of sunny days in Canada with up to 18 hours of daylight in summer and over 312 days of sunshine each year.
It is true that it gets cold in the winter, but our homes are centrally heated; so indoors, we are comfortably warm. Our geography gives us a “dry cold” which is easy to manage if you dress warmly for it; with the right clothing, you will be prepared to enjoy all that an Alberta winter has to offer.
Life is more than work, especially in Alberta. You can experience urban life or enjoy laid-back rural living with good access to services. With 12 statutory holidays, you’ll have plenty of time to explore all the province has to offer. Get close to nature, whether winter or summer, we love the great outdoors.
Every year, people from across Canada and all over the world choose Alberta as an ideal place to work and live because of our high standard of living, diverse and welcoming communities, and beautiful landscapes.
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