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PROFILE: Alberta Canada



Overview

  • Capital City: Edmonton

  • Size: 255,541 square miles  (Note: Texas is 1.05 times as big).

  • Population: 4.75 million (2023); It is the fourth largest province by population.

  • Population Distribution: Major population centers are Calgary - 1.2M, Edmonton - 932,000, Red Deer - 100.418 and Lethbridge - 93,000.

  • Location: West-central Canada, north of Montana.

  • Alberta was named after Princess Louise Caroline Alberta (1848-1939), the fourth daughter of Queen Victoria.

  • It is known as "The Energy Province".


Economy

  • Alberta has a diverse resource, manufacturing and agricultural base. They have a strong energy base both with petroleum, natural gas and mineral oil sands.

  • Agriculture is an important industry - cattle, wheat, barley, canola, sugar beets, potatoes, peas, mustard seed etc. One third of Alberta's land area is in agricultural use. Forestry also has a significant role.

  • Manufacturing industries include food processing, chemicals, oil refining, wood related products, metals, machinery and equipment.

  • Unemployment Rate: 6.7% (2019)

  • GDP: 338.2 billion (Canadian Dollars) (2020)

  • Labor Force: 190,700 (2020)


International Trade (in US Dollars)


Total Exports: $157.8B


Major Product Exports (2022)

  • Crude petroleum oils - $100.7 B

  • Natural gas - $12.9B

  • Liquified propane - $3.1B

  • Misc. petroleum oils - $2.6B

  • Ethylene - alpha-olefin copolymers - $2.9B

  • Wheat - $2B

  • Processed beef - $1.8B

  • Coal - $1.6B

  • Oil seeds, rapeseeds - $1.5B

  • Petroleum bitumen - $1.4B


Major Export Partners (2022)

  • US - $141.3B

  • Japan - $4B

  • China - $3.9B

  • South Korea - $1.1B

  • Mexico - $1B

  • Peru - $600M

  • Netherlands - $400.9M

  • Australia - $300.3M

  • Indonesia - $298M

  • Taiwan - $284M


Total Imports: $41B (2022)


Major Imports (2022)

  • Light petroleum oils - $7.3B

  • Large aircraft - 1.2B

  • Wind-powered electric generating sets - $407.7M

  • Corn - $381.7M

  • Ethanol - $374M

  • Modem, similar appliances - $369.9M

  • Taps, valves, similar appliances - $301.7M

  • Wines - $299.6M

  • Miscellaneous petroleum oils - $262.4


Online News Sites

Sampling of Alberta Companies

  • Carlson Construction - construction services - Edmonton

  • Ostrem Chemical Co. Ltd. – chemicals - Calgary

  • Cassady Engineering - mechanical engineers - Nisku

  • Hunt Oil Company of Canada- oil & gas - Calgary

  • Modern Resources - oil & natural gas - Calgary

  • Cenovus Energy Inc. - oil & natural gas - Calgary

  • Imperial Oil Ltd.- oil & gas - Calgary

  • Suncor Energy Inc. – petroleum - Calgary

  • Absorb Software Inc. – software - Calgary

  • Alberta Cheese Company - cheese and other food products - Calgary

  • Northgate Industries - modular buildings - Edmonton

  • Mercury Plastics - flexible film packaging - Edmonton

  • Alco Inc. - gas & oil equipment - Edmonton

  • Nova Chemicals – petrochemicals - Calgary

  • Agrium Inc. - agri-business - Calgary

  • Stantec - architecture/engineering - Edmonton

  • Flint Energy Services Ltd. - energy/construction - Calgary 

  • West Coast Reduction - meat processing - Calgary

  • Edmonton Exchanger - fabricated steel products - Edmonton

  • Altex Industries - heat exchangers – Edmonton

By Paul Mastilak

InterMark3, Inc.

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