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Recent Research

The Future of Alberta's Oil Sands Industry

More Production, Less Capital, Fewer Jobs

This report explores the employment, capital spending, and operational spending implications of the ongoing restructuring and consolidation of the Canadian oil sands industry.

A Basic Income for Alberta

This report looks at whether introducing a "basic income" is an effective policy response to address the changing nature of work, including increasing employment precarity, labour market restructuring, and job loss due to automation.

Recent Blog Posts

Alberta's Keystone XL investment benefits oil companies more than Albertans

On March 31 Premier Jason Kenney announced that the Government of Alberta will invest $1.5 billion and provide an additional $6 billion loan guarantee to facilitate the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Research manager Ian Hussey looks at the deal to determine just who benefits from this investment and in what measure.

Governments should support oil sands workers, not companies

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has suggested that the federal government should bail out oil and gas companies in response to the COVID-19 crisis and the Saudi-Russian price war. In this blog researcher Ian Hussey explains why that would be a bad idea.

What you need to know about Alberta Budget 2020

Alberta Budget 2020, released on February 27, continued the UCP commitment to deep spending cuts in public services. Parkland Institute research managers Ian Hussey and Alison McIntosh outline some of the budget's key components.