article: The Edmonton Journal
Put simply, Alberta's chronic worker shortage, which is already creating a logistical nightmare for major energy firms, is only getting worse. And unless it's resolved, some big projects will get deferred well into the future, or may be shelved altogether.
In other words, that $237-billion figure may be a giant mirage, and many people outside Alberta's energy sector say that wouldn't be so bad.
"We don't even have enough workers to build what we're building now," says Holmes.
Yes, Alberta continues to lead the nation in population growth, thanks largely to still-hefty inter-provincial migration numbers and a growing share of immigration from other countries.
During the 12 months ended June 30, for instance, more than 50,000 people from other provinces moved to Alberta. B.C. was a distant second, with a little over 10,000 people relocating there.