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Alberta deficit forecast drops to $9.1B, as province gains 90,000 jobs in latest financial update

CBC News | Feb 28, 2018

“Alberta is now forecasting a year-end deficit of $9.1 billion, a drop of $1.4 billion from the figure in the March 2017 budget.

The improvement, reported Wednesday in the third-quarter update, is mostly due to higher oil and gas revenues and gains in investment income.

The brightening economic outlook has prompted Alberta Finance to update its GDP prediction for the third time this fiscal year.

The provincial unemployment rate has been revised to 6.8 per cent, an improvement over the 7.6-per-cent rate forecast in March 2017.

Finance Minister Joe Ceci said nearly 90,000 full-time jobs were added between January 2017 and January 2018, with 12,500 in mining and oil and gas production, nearly 23,000 in manufacturing, about 8,000 in the financial and real estate sector, 7,100 in transportation and warehousing and 5,700 in the accommodation and food service sector.

Ceci said he expects the province’s economy to be fully recovered in a year.

“We are forecasting we will be at pre-recession levels by 2019,” he said.

The finance minister announced the 2018-19 budget will be released on March 22. The government is expected to lay out how it plans to return to balanced budgets by 2023.”

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Alberta to invest $1 billion over eight years in bitumen upgrading

Published on: February 26, 2018 –  Edmonton Journal
“The province plans to spend up to $1 billion over the next eight years for new partial upgrading facilities in Alberta to diversify the energy sector.

The money will likely come in the form of $800 million in loan guarantees and $200 million in grants.

The government hopes it will attract as many as five new upgrading facilities, representing $5 billion in private investment and 4,000 construction jobs.

The cash injection comes as a result of recommendations made by Alberta’s energy diversification advisory committee, released Monday.

The committee was formed after the 2016 royalty review. Its mandate was to figure out how to increase the value of Alberta’s resources and create more jobs — think opportunities around partial upgrading, refining, petrochemicals and chemicals manufacturing.”

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Alberta energy diversification recommendations serve as model for rest of Canada

OTTAWA, Feb. 26, 2018 /CNW/ – The Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC) welcomed Alberta’s Energy Diversification Advisory Committee (EDAC) report released today. The expert committee shared its recommendations to increase the value of energy resources, create jobs and attract new investment to Alberta.

“Alberta and Canada need to compete for new investments in resource value added chemical manufacturing,” continued Masterson. “This is an important step in understanding the opportunity for Alberta with expanded resource value added manufacturing but also the competitiveness issues that exist when investors are looking at Alberta versus other North American jurisdictions.”

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Edmonton’s economy cuts a diverse path

Edmonton Sun | February 9, 2018 | graham.hicks | Original Article

“The good news is Edmonton has hundreds of non-energy-related manufacturing companies, started by entrepreneurs who are successfully competing in a competitive world.”

“Having visited four manufacturing businesses in Edmonton that operate independently of the carbon-based energy (i.e. oil, gas, coal) sector, I can now envision a pragmatic, optimistic economic future for Edmonton in a world using less carbon fuels.” Continue reading

 

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Manufacturing sector clear winner in Alberta job growth in 2017

Original article | Mario Toneguzzi | February 1, 2018

Manufacturing sector clear winner in Alberta job growth in 2017. Analysis out by ATB Financial’s Economics & Research Team on job growth in Alberta in 2017.

“The province’s unemployment rate was down to 6.9 per cent at the end of the year which is the lowest it has been since late 2015 when the impact of the collapse in oil prices took hold.

The sector adding the most jobs in 2017 was manufacturing which grew by 17,900 positions. Much of this was due to a revival of manufacturing related to the energy sector, particularly in refining… Continue reading

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