Why Are We Here?

Alberta’s Global Talent

Despite the many employment opportunities available in the region, and despite their skills, education and willingness to work, many immigrants continue to have higher than average levels of unemployment and underemployment.

Immigrants tend to find work in sectors requiring low levels of education. The number of immigrants working in Alberta working sales and service is almost three times higher, and in manufacturing more than five times higher than in their home country.


Immigrants coming to the Edmonton region have a higher level of education than the average Canadian. Of those who arrived in 2006, 48% have university degrees, 12% college diplomas, and 5% trade certificates. More than half – 66% of immigrants plan to get further education or training once they arrive in Canada.


Of those who arrived in 2006 and intended to work, 32% were managers, 27.3% were professionals, 9.6% were skilled and technical, 7.6% were intermediate and clerical, and only 5% were labourers in their country of origin.


Recent immigrants have a wide variety of occupations. At the top of the list are engineers, accountants, teachers, computer specialists, sale and marketing managers, electricians, mechanics, welders and carpenters.