HRIA releases comprehensive Alberta and Western Canada HR Trends Reports

CALGARY, Sept. 15, 2016 /CNW/ - Human Resources Institute of Alberta ('HRIA') today released the results of its semi-annual HR Trends survey. A valuable tool for employers and HR professionals, the Alberta HR Trends Report contains practical information on what is occurring in Alberta workplaces. HRIA also released its Western Canada HR Trends Report, in partnership with Human Resources Professionals; Human Resources Management Association (HRMA), Saskatchewan Association of Human Resource Professionals (SAHRP) and Human Resources Management Association of Manitoba (HRMAM).

"With the tough economic conditions in Alberta, organizations have and will continue to take actions to curb the growth of their labour costs," said Daniel Boucher, Director of Research at HRIA. "A quarter of organizations engaged in the use of temporary layoffs in the first half 2016 and this trend is expected to continue. Furthermore, HR Professionals expect that Termination without cause will continue to be the primary reason that employees leave organizations throughout 2016. And with wage growth expected to be below the Bank of Canada's forecasted change to Canada's core inflation rate at the end 2017, most workers' salaries are not going to keep pace with inflation."

The report provides a snapshot of current labour market information, including the challenges and opportunities facing Alberta's employers and HR professionals. Report highlights:

Weak salary growth expected in Alberta: Base salaries in Alberta are expected to grow an average of 1.7% in 2017, however the Oil and Gas sector is expecting an average decrease of 0.1%. Forecasted growth in base salaries in Alberta is below the average for Western Canada. Learn more…

Use of temporary layoffs grows: 25% of Alberta organizations engaged in temporary layoffs between January and June 2016; the highest amount in the past two years. Learn more…

HR can do more to protect human rights in the workplace: 27% of Alberta organizations updated their HR policies in response to new protected grounds of gender identity and gender expression being added to Alberta's Human Rights Act, but 10% reported being unaware of the changes.Learn more…

This is the sixth Alberta HR Trends Report and the second Western Canada HR Trends Report commissioned by HRIA as part of a regular series to help fill the labour information void for HRIA members and Alberta employers. The Alberta HR Trends research initiative was started in December 2013 in collaboration with Abingdon public opinion research firm and was expanded in 2016 to include all four western Canadian provinces, in partnership with their respective Human Resources provincial associations.

Related Links

Western Canada HR Trends Fall 2016 Infographic

Western Canada HR Trends Fall 2016 Report

Alberta HR Trends Fall 2016 Infographic

Alberta HR Trends Fall 2016 Report

About Human Resources Institute of Alberta:

HRIA is the leading professional association for human resources practitioners in Alberta dedicated to the advancement of the HR profession. As Alberta's exclusive granting body for the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation, HRIA plays a critical role in establishing professional standards within the industry. HRIA connects over 6,000 HR practitioners, including over 3,000 CHRPs across the province through various professional development, networking, and community initiatives.


For further information: Contacts (Media Only): Kari Whipple, Manager, Communications, HRIA, 403.671.3343,


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