Latest news releases and bulletins
Economic growth exceeds expectations; deficit drops
February 28, 2018
Alberta's economy is leading the country with growth in nearly all sectors. In the third quarter fiscal update, GDP growth is revised up to 4.5% and the deficit dropped by $1.4 billion. Read the news release and access the third quarter reports below:
- 2017-18 Third Quarter Fiscal Update and Economic Statement
- 2017-18 Third Quarter Heritage Fund Update
Liquor sector creating jobs, diversifying economy
January 18, 2018
By reducing markup and creating grant programs, the Alberta government is supporting the province’s liquor industry and helping businesses grow and thrive. Read the news release.
Carbon levy keeps diversifying Alberta’s economy
January 1, 2018
As part of the government’s made-in-Alberta Climate Leadership Plan to diversify the economy, create jobs and reduce emissions, the next phase of the carbon levy comes into effect today. Read the news release.
Alberta craft liquor producers tapping success
December 29, 2017
Good things were brewing from Alberta’s craft liquor producers in 2017, as the government’s partnership with the industry resulted in new jobs and more choice for consumers. Read the news release.
Benefit adds spirit to Alberta’s liquor sector
December 8, 2017
The Alberta government is reducing the liquor markup for small manufacturers of spirits and refreshment beverages in the province, allowing them to grow and diversify their businesses. Read the news release.
New CEO for Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission
December 5, 2017
After serving as acting CEO of the Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission (AGLC) for nine months, Alain Maisonneuve has been appointed to the position for a five-year term. Read the news release.
Latest website updates
Media representatives who plan to participate in the Budget 2018 embargo are asked to register by completing the online form before 4:30 p.m. on Monday, March 19. Media will be provided access to embargoed budget materials and events at the Alberta legislature in Edmonton or McDougall Centre in Calgary on Thursday, March 22, 2018.
Weekly Economic Information Update
March 16, 2018
The following weekly publications are available in the Economy & Statistics section.
- Economic Review - Alberta's manufacturing strong start to 2018
- Alberta Economy - Indicators at a Glance
- Data in Excel format
March 12, 2018
These newsletters focus on a particular theme related to the Alberta economy and are published occasionally.
Labour Market Notes - March 2018
March 9, 2018
The monthly Labour Market Notes contains timely analysis of the latest labour market data for Alberta and is released the same day as Statistics Canada’s Labour Force Survey.
Developed by Alberta Treasury Board and Finance, the Alberta Activity Index (AAX) tracks economic activity closely. It is a weighted average of nine economic monthly indicators (employment, average weekly earnings, retail trade, wholesale trade, manufacturing, new truck sales, housing starts, rigs drilling, and oil production). The AAX page is updated monthly, and includes highlights, a data table in Excel format, and a chart showing the year-over-year change in AAX and Real GDP. View the Alberta Activity Index.
Economic Trends - February 2018
February 28, 2018
The monthly Economic Trends publication contains timely analysis of current trends in Alberta’s economy. These documents are available in Economy & Statistics.
- February 2018 Economic Trends - 2017-18 Third Quarter Fiscal Update Highlights
- InFocus: Pipeline bottleneck hits Canadian oil producers