Alberta’s economy is on the verge of another boom, however, this time it is much more economically diverse than in the past. Our economy is seeing growth across multiple sectors including technology, energy, and film and television.
These diversified projects will create thousands of good, full-time jobs for Albertans and is yet another sign that Alberta’s Recovery Plan is working. We’ve seen this with Amazon Web Services investing over $4 billion to build their second Canadian data hub in Calgary. This compliments a growing list of companies choosing Calgary as their hub for technology and innovation and creating thousands of jobs.
Alberta is back, and nowhere is that more evident than in our world-class energy sector. According to a recent oil forecast, Alberta will see over 6,000 new wells drilled in 2022 – a 26 percent increase from 2021.
Not only will this anticipated growth get people back to work, but it will return Alberta drilling to pre-pandemic levels. This return of drilling activity is a signal of hope for our energy industry, good jobs, and quality of life for our energy workers and their families.
As we see thousands of new full-time jobs being created across all sectors, we need to make sure we are providing opportunities for all Albertans to take advantage of the job boom. That’s why the Alberta government inked a historic, made-in-Alberta Pre-K childcare agreement, bringing $3.8 billion Alberta taxpayer dollars back into our province from Ottawa. This will reduce childcare fees for families by an average of half starting this month and will average $10-per-day by 2026.
We have a lot of good news to look back on from 2021 and more to look forward to in 2022.
Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy new year,
Whitney Issik, MLA Calgary-Glenmore
MLA – Calgary Glenmore Whitney Issik proudly serves the following Communities: Bayview, Braeside, Cedarbrae, Chinook Park, Eagle Ridge, Kelvin Grove, Lakeview, Oakridge, Palliser, Pumphill, Woodbine, Woodlands