“Alberta’s labour market continues to show strength, with more Albertans employed in February than at the same time last year. Employment rose to 2.5 million, up 17,400 month-over-month, which is a 4.1 per cent increase year-over-year. Full-time jobs also jumped to 2,070,699.

“While Alberta only accounts for 11.7 per cent of Canada’s population, our province leads the nation in net employment growth, with 42.8 per cent of the country’s employment gains. With a highly skilled workforce, business-friendly policies, diversified economy and affordable, exceptional lifestyle, Alberta continues to be the economic engine of Canada. Our province leads the nation in net employment growth and last week, the Canadian Survey on Business Confidence showed optimism among Alberta businesses was up considerably over the last 12 months, out-pacing the rest of the country.

“We are keeping this momentum going with Budget 2024, which maintains Alberta’s competitive advantage so businesses and industry can continue to innovate, thrive and create jobs. It also ensures Alberta’s economy can remain vibrant and resilient for years to come.

“Alberta continues to lead by example when it comes to jobs and the economy. Strategic investments, even greater diversification and a responsible budget means our province will remain a leader in Canada for investment and job growth.”