GDP (Gross Domestic Product) measures the value of goods and services produced, and is used as a metric to gauge economic well-being. It is often used to rank the size of an economy relative to other economies.
Jobs are measured primarily by looking at total employment, unemployment rate, and labour force participation rate and give an indication of economic strength.
Investment into an economy leads to future growth, meaning that investment indicators are an important indicator of economic development and future prosperity.


Tourism is an economic platform and not a single industry; it crosses many sub-sectors and has a broad and diversifying effect on the economic base of the province.
Construction is an important sector for the provincial economy. The sector drives growth through the creation of jobs, generating income, and boosting productivity by building the infrastructure necessary for economic development.


Economic Regions
Alberta has eight economic regions, with the Edmonton and Calgary regions accounting for over half the Alberta population.
Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs)
A CMA is considered a large, densely populated centre made up of adjacent municipalities that are economically and socially integrated.