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In the Shadows

Living and Working Without Status in Alberta

This report examines the lives of undocumented migrant workers living in Alberta. It discusses the results of a research study of 32 undocumented workers, outlines the circumstances that led to their loss of status, describes their work and living conditions, and explores their reasons for staying and their hopes for the future.

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.

Alberta's Coal Phase-Out

A Just Transition?

This report analyzes Alberta’s coal phase-out and compares the transition programs for impacted workers and communities put in place by the Notley government to the key principles of the "just transition" literature.

Scrutinizing Alberta's Public Sector

How Its Size and Compensation Compare to Other Jurisdictions

This report compares the size and compensation of Alberta's public sector to Canada and the other three large provinces, and concludes that Alberta's public sector does not stand out in any significant way in comparison to these other jurisdictions.

Political Challenges and Digital Frontiers

Reproductive Health and Services in Southern Alberta

The three papers in this report chart the history of reproductive justice and health in Canada and Alberta, survey emerging trends, and explore the myriad ways in which reproductive health services and reproductive justice are under threat.

Cutting Through the Blue Ribbon

A Balanced Look at Alberta's Finances

This report offers a balanced analysis of Alberta's finances—looking at both expenditures and revenues—and concludes that long-term fiscal stability cannot be achieved without addressing the province's long-standing revenue problem.

The Future of Alberta's Labour Market

The Role of Immigration, Migration, and Developing Existing Human Capital

This report looks at how Alberta can best meet its workforce needs once the province returns to prosperity and the Alberta labour market needs new sources of labour.

Indigenous Gendered Experiences of Work in an Oil-Dependent, Rural Alberta Community

This report aims to help address knowledge gaps about the lived experiences of Indigenous working families in the oil industry and how working conditions impact families and gender relations by presenting a case study of the oil-dependent community of Wabasca.

Alberta in Context

Health Care Under NDP Governments

This report analyzes and compares the record of recent NDP governments on health care in five provinces: Ontario, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia, and examines briefly the health care policies of the Alberta NDP government since 2015, highlighting points of intersection—and contrast—with the five provinces examined.

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