Alberta continues to recover and is seeing an increase in manufacturing and exports to international markets. A new report shows that manufacturing sales in our province hit a record high in 2021. The gains in manufacturing are complemented by gains in our international exports, which means that the world is getting more high-quality, made-in-Alberta products.
We’re also seeing positive signs in our retail economy as Albertans move past the pandemic and get back to normal life. Our province saw strong retail sales through the end of 2021, with total sales higher than in 2020 and 2019. This is great news for local businesses who have been faced with immense challenges over the last couple of years.
Industries across our province are booming, thanks to the Alberta Recovery Plan. Over the past two years, our province has consistently topped the Canadian average in industry growth. This incredible growth presents a new challenge: recruiting new Albertans and workers to fulfill the growing demand for skilled labour in our province.
Our government has already acted to address this growing job demand, passing Bill 49, the Labour Mobility Act, streamlining a consistent and transparent approach for recognizing skills, education, and credentials of out-of-province workers. At the inaugural Premier’s Summit on Fairness for Newcomers, Premier Jason Kenney also announced two new programs under the Alberta Advantage Immigration Strategy. These will encourage skilled and talented professionals and entrepreneurs from around the world to settle in Alberta and help meet the current and future workforce needs in our province.
Alberta’s economy is growing, diversifying, and creating jobs. Alberta is and always has been a place people come to in search of opportunity and prosperity, and our government is working tirelessly to ensure that advantage is stronger than ever.
I wish you and your family a Happy Easter!
Prasad Panda, MLA