ALBERTA

Alberta is in western Canada and it is one of Canada’s 3 beautiful Prairie Provinces. It has an area of 661,84 square kilometers and a population of  just over 3 million and with most of them living in only two major cities – Calgary, and Edmonton, which is the capital city. Alberta is bordered to the west by British Columbia, to the north by the Northwest Territory, and to the east by Saskatchewan. In the south, Alberta is bordered by Montana, USA, as a result Alberta is one of only 2 provinces which are completely landlocked.

The southwestern part of the province straddles the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The northern region is mostly coniferous forest, while the southern area is grassland prairie. The region makes this province a beautiful place to visit. The climate is Dry Continental, with warm summers and cold winters where you may experience temperatures that drop below -27c.

In the last five years, the government of Alberta has spent 148 million to provide support to the province’s film, television, and digital media industry. The willingness of the Alberta government to support the film industry has directly led to the province winning the most Oscars, Golden Globes and Emmy awards for short films than any other province in the last 10 years or so. Residents and visitors to Alberta enjoy performances and exhibitions from 55 professional art companies including 18 public art galleries and nearly 300 community-based organizations spread across the province.

Demographics

The ethnic profile for Alberta is about the same as the other Prairie Provinces, predominantly English, German, Irish, and Scottish, and a few French and 5% of the population is aboriginal. Alberta is one of the more popular immigrant destinations due to the abundance of well-paying jobs in the oil fields. This makes Alberta a wonderful place to start your new life as an immigrant, with wonderful opportunities and the great benefits that Canada offers its citizens.

Economy

As more settlers filtered into Alberta, the economy gradually shifted from furs to farms, forestry, and livestock production. The economy flourished and developed, and in the 20th century, the discovery of massive oil fields caused an economic explosion. Today, Alberta’s economy is the strongest in Canada, rich in resources with many job opportunities in these sectors.

Alberta, with its research and innovation driven systems, as well as technology and commercialization programs, makes it an attractive place for companies to accelerate their innovations to the global market.

Key economic factors:

  • Advanced technologies

Alberta’s key technological sectors include clean energy, information and communications technology, life sciences, and nanotechnology. These industries are responsible for up to $16 billion in revenues for the province in the last twelve months.

  • Forest products

Alberta produced nearly $5 billion in forest products in 2015. These products include timber, pulp, newsprint, panel board, and secondary wood products.

  • Industrial machinery and metal fabrication

Alberta’s industrial machinery and metal fabrication sectors contributed a total of $11 billion in the year 2015, with more than a quarter of the products shipped to foreign international markets.

Education

Alberta has 6 universities and 13 colleges. There are also several trade schools, such as the DeVry Institute. It is a major paleontological treasure-trove, and many undergrad, and post-grad students, both in and out of Alberta, come to dig for fossils.

The stratum is one of the most abundant late Cretaceous fossil fields in North America. Geology also figures prominently in many curricula, because the oil companies are always looking for bright new geologists. Alberta is a fascinating place for students, and it provides wonderful educational opportunities for its citizens.

Attractions

Alberta is home to some of Canada’s most impressive scenery, where the prairies meet mountains and spectacular snow-covered peaks dominate the skyline. The awe-inspiring glaciers and the turquoise lakes of Banff and Jasper National Parks draw in millions of visitors to the province each year. Further north is the provincial capital of Alberta, Edmonton, which is home to Edmonton Mall, the largest shopping center in Canada and numerous other cultural factors.

In addition to the dinosaur fields, Calgary, Alberta is home to the largest rodeo in North America. Skiing, camping, hiking, canoeing/kayaking, and fishing are all popular tourist draws. Edmonton hosts several annual festivals. There are numerous parks, and reserves all over the province.

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