Economic Vitality

A well-educated community


Close to 12,000 Franco-Albertans, or 20 percent of the Frenchspeaking active population, have not completed high school, a rate that is however much lower than the national average of 25.6 percent. More than 8,000 French-speaking people have graduated from a trade school.

Over 12,500 Alberta francophones have a university education, and their contribution to the development of Alberta is invaluable. At 20.5, their percentage is higher than the national average of 16 percent. Moreover, the proportion of Alberta francophones who have gone to university is slightly higher that of the total population.
 

Education, 2006, Francophones 15 and older, Alberta

Education, 2006, Francophones 15 and older, Alberta

Data: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Franco-Albertan employment sectors


Franco-Albertans work in many different areas. They are particularly active in the primary industries, with more than 10.1 percent of the labour force employed in agriculture, mining and oil and gas production. A comparable number are active in the construction industry, which is thriving in the province.

Alberta's francophones are well represented in the public service sector, with 23.8 percent of them employed in public administration, education, health and social services.

Demand for qualified labour is significant in the construction and manufacturing sectors, as well as customer service, restaurants and hotels, transportation, engineering, public safety and health.

In Alberta today, 7,000 francophones are business owners or are self-employed, representing 14.6 percent of the French-speaking work force. A large number of them employ other people, stimulating the provincial economy.
 

Labour force by sector of activity, 2006, Francophones, Alberta

 
Number
%
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
1,560
3.5%
Mining and oil and gas extraction
2,980
6.6%
Utilities
325
0.7%
Construction
4,695
10.4%
Manufacturing
3,080
6.8%
Wholesale yrade
1,835
4.1%
Retail yrade
3,735
8.3%
Transportation
2,795
6.2%
Information industry
715
1.6%
Finance and insurance
1,285
2.8%
Real estate
855
1.9%
Professional services
3,045
6.7%
Management of companies
65
0.1%
Administrative services
1,610
3.6%
Education services
4,205
9.3%
Health care
3,525
7.8%
Arts
845
1.9%
Accommodation
2,460
5.4%
Other services
2,270
5.0%
Public administration
3,030
6.7%
All sectors
44,915
100.0%


Data: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census


Occupations


The economic profile of Alberta's French-speaking community would be incomplete without a look at occupations. Three areas are clearly dominant: sales and services, which employs one in five Franco-Albertans ; trades, transportation and equipment operation, with the same percentage; and finance, business and administration, which employs 16.9 percent of the francophones in the province.
 

Labour Force by Occupation, 2006, Francophones, Alberta

 
Number
%
Management
4,340
9.7%
Finance, business and administration
7,615
16.9%
Natural and applied sciences
3,535
7.9%
Health
2,055
4.6%
Social sciences, education and government services
4,050
9.0%
Arts and culture
1,120
2.5%
Sales and services
9,135
20.3%
Trades, transportation and equipment operation
9,370
20.9%
Primary industry occupations
2,365
5.3%
Manufacturing industries occupations
1,345
3.0%
All occupations
44 930
100.0%


Data: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census

Income


In the last few years, francophones in Alberta have benefited as much as the rest of the population from the booming employment sector in the province. At $42,529, their average annual income is now practically identical to the provincial average and exceeds the average incomes of all other francophone communities in the country except Nunavut and the Northwest Territories.
 

Total Individual Income, 2006, Francophones, Alberta

Total Individual Income, 2006, Francophones, Alberta

Data: Statistics Canada, 2006 Census