Thought I would add my 2 cents to this thread. As most have mentioned, Edmontons boom is largely industrial, and to prove that point I'm going to fill you in on some information I heard while at an MCA meeting last Weds. The guest speaker we had was a gentleman who negotiates with unions. He said the number of construction workers in AB peaked last year at 184,000, the highest number in AB history. He also made a point with a graph showing the "major" projects upcoming in AB, some approved, most proposed. Imagine, if you will, the scale of projects happening now in oil sands, and increase that by about 50-65 BILLION $. The point I'm getting at, is that a large number of those projects are slated for Sturgeon, Strathcona Counties, Edmonton, and Ft. Sask. The reason for this, said the guest speaker (Ive forgotten his name), is because trades-people are getting sick of the commute, in and out of Ft. Mac, and the companies are hearing this, and building the upgraders here. Another quick point to end this long winded rant, is that, unless the immigration laws are relaxed, there will be some postponements, or potentially cancellations of these goliath projects. There is just not enough of a workforce, and unless something changes, we could see this boom go bust.
Last edited by ExcaliburKid; Jan 15, 2007 at 9:30 PM.