AEDA Studies

The former Alberta Economic Development Authority (AEDA) published the following studies exploring the challenges and opportunities that impact Alberta’s continued prosperity.

Report on Competitiveness: Alberta 2014

AUG 2015
Alberta’s sustained prosperity is reliant on its competitiveness nationally and internationally. This annual benchmarking study compares Alberta’s relative competitiveness to 14 other jurisdictions in Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia. For both government and industry, this study is an important measurement and reporting tool that identifies key areas to focus on to maintain Alberta’s prosperity. 

Report on Competitiveness: Alberta 2013

MAY 2014
Alberta’s sustained prosperity is reliant on its competitiveness in the global market. The study compares Alberta’s relative competitiveness to 14 other jurisdictions in Canada, the United States, Europe and Australia. For both government and industry, this study is an important measurement and reporting tool that identifies key areas to focus on to maintain Alberta’s prosperity. This edition builds on the inaugural Report on Competitiveness: Alberta 2010 .

Congestion Management: Vital Component of Today's Infrastructure Planning

MAR 2013
Congestion is a part of life in communities and regions across Alberta. While it is in part a function of the diversity and dynamism of the provincial economy attracting people and business to the province, congestion is also an impediment to business productivity, health and safety, and quality of life. The study sheds insight on Alberta’s congestion issues and the congestion management (CM) options available to all parties in the solution. Download Congestion Management Full Report here

Water Reuse in Alberta: Experiences and Impacts on Economic Growth

MAR 2013
Alberta is lagging behind other jurisdictions in Canada and around the world in providing a legislative framework to support water reuse. Asserting that water supply challenges are limiting community development and economic growth in Alberta, the study calls on the province to update its water management and reuse policy, legislation, technologies and practices; and to integrate the concepts into its current water governance and water license allocation systems.

Return on Innovation: Opportunities in Alberta's Innovation System

MAR 2013
Innovation must be a priority for Alberta. The study identifies probative questions that focus on what Alberta needs to do to create an innovation system that spurs research, innovation and commercialization of ideas that have high return potential. 

Fuel Shortages in Alberta and How To Fix Them

JUN 2011
Discusses the impacts recent transportation fuels shortages have had on the province, what can be done to mitigate issues, and who should take the lead. 

Balancing Alberta's Workforce: Are We Ready for Tomorrow's Growth and Prosperity?

MAR 2011
Illustrates the need to avoid skilled labour shortages as the Alberta economy heats up, and makes calls to action to both provincial and federal governments. 

Alberta: A Global Energy Leader

OCT 2010
This report expresses AEDA's vision for Alberta to be recognized as a globally responsible energy leader, and for this story to be communicated effectively to the world. A framework is provided laying out some broad goals accompanied by recommendations to achieve those goals. 

Building Alberta's Financial Services Industry

JUN 2010
Examines Alberta's financial services industry and suggests areas of opportunity for the industry to expand and diversify.

Broadband Enablement in Rural Alberta

APR 2010
Recommends three actions to improve broadband connectivity to rural Alberta. 

Enhanced Oil Recovery Through Carbon Capture and Storage - An Opportunity for Alberta

JAN 2010
Explores the opportunity for Alberta to capitalize in an emerging area, including the benefits of using EOR, and to meet the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Sustainable Water Management and Economic Development in Alberta

DEC 2009
Identifies, examines and compares the current status of Alberta water characteristics, markets and issues facing Alberta across each of its major water basins and how these are affecting sustainable economic development.

A More Productive Alberta - Our Key to Future Economic Growth

APR 2008
Examines key productivity drivers and what Alberta needs to create "a culture of innovation and productivity" within the province.

Building a Great Future for Alberta

SEP 2006
Initiating a vision for, and a clear description of, a desirable economic future for Alberta. 

Mega Project Excellence: Preparing for Alberta’s Legacy – An Action Plan

DEC 2004 
Shares strategies to promote mega project excellence in Alberta, in response to concerns about a series of cost overruns associated with the construction of recent mega projects. 

An Urgent Call to Action

JAN 2004 
Identifies a serious problem Alberta was facing with growing skilled-labour shortages, and raises concerns that shortages will become even more acute in the future.

The Transportation Sector in Alberta: Present Position and Future Outlook

JAN 2004 
Demonstrates the importance of the transportation and logistics sector to the Alberta economy, and provides a clear understanding of what is needed to meet the demands of a growing value-added economy over the next decade.