Building Communities

Building Alberta’s energy processing industry drive new businesses, create new and stable jobs and strengthen communities.

Adding value involves all facets of Alberta’s energy sector. From oilsands recovery in Fort McMurray and natural gas development in Grande Prairie, to pipelines and midstream operations across the province and some of the world’s largest ethylene and polyethylene refineries in Joffre and the Industrial Heartland. The industry also supports supply companies in Edmonton, engineers in Calgary and a host of jobs, trades and professions in virtually every Alberta town and city.

In turn, the economic activities of the petrochemical industry generate tax dollars for infrastructure such a health care and hospitals, schools and roads, and community development.

Employment: 7,700 direct jobs (Average Salary over $60,000 in petrochemical/refining)

Investment: More than $10 billion (between 1974 and 2011); 
the Alberta Industrial Heartland Association estimates an additional $20 billion in investment has been committed or is in the planning stage.

GDP: $2.06 billion in 2011

Taxes: $432 million in 2011 to Alberta and federal governments

Source: Alberta Enterprise and Advanced Education, Statistics Canada