Agriculture & Forestry
“For many Albertans, farming and forestry are more than just a job – they are a way of life.”
The True Value of Canola
Alberta produces many crops that are vital to both Canada’s food supply and its economic development. Canola, in particular, plays an important role in our province’s economy. Each year, the canola farming and processing industry contributes $19.3 billion to the Canadian economy, and supports 249,000 jobs, generating $12.5 billion in wages.
The strength, diversity and history of agriculture and forestry in Alberta means we have an opportunity to be leaders on the world stage. Shifting demographics and land-use conflicts pose challenges, but also provide the chance for these sectors to adapt, innovate and create jobs – providing viable economies for rural areas of Alberta. We must ensure these industries grow and remain an important part of Alberta’s landscape as we move forward.
Agriculture and forestry are deeply rooted in Alberta’s foundations as a province. These industries are entrenched in who we are as Albertans – they have helped define us, and have allowed us to grow. Those working in these sectors face significant natural challenges, such as drought and flooding, that can affect production and cause industry-wide damage without warning. Over the years, programs and services have been developed to provide the support that these industries require to overcome these challenges. Recent government policies, including new farm worker labour regulations and the ending of commercial forestry in the Castle region, will have an impact on these industries and the viability of many rural communities.
 Alberta Forest Products Roadmap, http://www.albertaforestroadmap.ca/
 Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, “Rural Economic Development Action Plan,” http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$Department/deptdocs.nsf/all/csi15118/$FILE/rural-economic-development-action-plan.pdf.