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Major Employers

Forty-five of the businesses in Lethbridge employ more than 100 people.  Combined, these businesses and organizations employ more than 20,000 people in Lethbridge, which is approximately 32% of the Lethbridge employed workforce.  The top 10 major employers in Lethbridge contribute 13,473 jobs to the local economy and these employers increased their employee total workforce by 7% between 2013 and 2015.  Manufacturing and logistics jobs among major employers have increased by 20% over the course of the last decade while agri-food major employers in the city have increased their job totals by 20%.

Public sector employment in Lethbridge remains strong with nine of the top 10 major employers in health care, education, and government services.  These nine public sector organizations employ over 12,000 people, which accounts for almost 20% of the employed workforce in Lethbridge.  Rounding out our top 10 major employers is a freight transportation company.
 
The region's largest employers also represent many other sectors.

  • 11 are in the manufacturing or logistics sector
  • 12 are in the retail or hospitality sector
  • Five are in agri-food
  • Three are in the financial sector

Business Licences
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Sources

Source: City of Lethbridge, Business License List


Major Lethbridge Retailers
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Figure D.32
Major Lethbridge Retailers - 2016
Name of Retailer (A-P) Name of Retailer (P-Z)
Ashley Home Furnishings Pier 1
Best Buy Princess Auto
Canada Safeway Real Canadian Superstore
Canadian Tire Real Canadian Wholesale
Challenger Building Supplies Reitmans
Chapters Save-On Foods
Costco Safeway
Dollar Giant Sears
Flaman Sales & Rentals Shoppers Drug Mart
GAP Sobey's
Home Depot Sport Chek
Home Hardware Rona
Homes Alive Pet Centre Staples
Jysk The Bay
Leons The Brick
London Drugs No Frills
Marks Work Warehouse Toys R Us
Michaels Visions
Old Navy Wal-Mart
Peavey Mart Winners
Petland  
Pet Smart  
Number of Shopping Malls - 2
Total Number of Stores in Malls - 139

Lethbridge Employment by Industry Division
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Figure D.33.a
Lethbridge Employment by Industry Division
Industry by North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Number Employed
1996 2001 2006 2011
Accommodation & Food Services 3,020 3.485 3,480 3,905
Business Services 1,280 2,895 3,365 3,885
Construction 2,135 2,595 1,595 3,975
Education Services 3,200 3,565 3,485 4,765
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate 1,400 1,670 1,990 2,560
Health & Social Services 3,970 4,485 5,625 6,210
Information & Cultural 905 760 700 865
Manufacturing & Processing 2,910 3,575 3,760 3,570
Primary Industries (Farming, Fishing, Mining, Oil) 1,040 945 705 1,395
Public Administration 2,035 1,765 1,830 2,955
Trade - Retail & Wholesale 6,910 6,300 7,380 8,020
Transportation & Warehousing  1,135 1,725 1,100 1,590
Other Services 2,680 2,045 2,250 2,330
Not Applicable 600 315 1,085 575

Notes

1) Due to the adoption of the National Household Survey in 2011 and the discontinuation of the Long Form Census (which was the mechanism by which this data was collected and reported in prior years), the following categorical combinations have been utilized for comparative purposes.

2) Business Services is a combination of Professional, Scientific & Technical Services and Administrative & Support, Waste Management & Remediation Services.

3) Finance, Insurance, Real Estate figures were generated by combining Finance & Insurance with Real Estate & Rental & Leasing.

4) Health & Social Services is an approximation of the category Health Care & Social Assistance.

5) Manufacturing & Processing only refers to Manufacturing in the 2011 data.

6) Trade & Wholesale is a combination of the Retail Trade and Wholesale Trade categories in the 2011 data.

7) Primary Industries is a combination of the categories Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction.

Sources

Statistics Canada, 2011 National Household Survey.

Statistics Canda, 1996, 2001 and 2006 Census of Canada.

Lethbridge County Employment by Industry Division
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Figure D.34.a
 Lethbridge County Employment by Industry Division
Industry by North American Classification System (NAICS) Number Employed
Accommodation & Food Services 235
Business Services 295
Construction 450
Education Services 285
Finance, Insurance, Real Estate 140
Health & Social Services 500
Information & Cultural 10
Manufacturing & Processing 340
Primary Industries (Farming, Fishing, Mining, Oil) 1,445
Public Administration 165
Trade - Retail & Wholesale 485
Transportation & Warehousing 130
Other Services 220
Not Applicable 45

Notes

1) Due to the adoption of the National Household Survey in 2011 and the discontinuation of the Long Form Census (which was the mechanism by which this data was collected and reported in prior years), the following categorical combinations have been utilized for comparative purposes.

2) Business Services is a combination of Professional, Scientific & Technical Services and Administrative & Support, Waste Management & Remediation Services.

3) Finance, Insurance, Real Estate figures were generated by combining Finance & Insurance with Real Estate & Rental & Leasing.

4) Health & Social Services is an approximation of the category Health Care & Social Assistance.

5) Manufacturing & Processing only refers to Manufacturing in the 2011 data.

6) Trade & Wholesale is a combination of the Retail Trade and Wholesale Trade categories in the 2011 data.

7) Primary Industries is a combination of the categories Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction.

Sources

Statistics Canada, 2011 National Household Survey.

Statistics Canda, 1996, 2001 and 2006 Census of Canada.

Major Employers of Lethbridge
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Figure D.31.a
Major Employers of Lethbridge 2015
Lethbridge Companies Employing 100 or More People
Employer Business Activity Staffa
Alberta Health Services Health Services incl. Chinook Regional Hospital 3,001
University of Lethbridge Educational Institution 2,566
Palliser Regional Schools Educational Institution 1,464
City of Lethbridge Municipal Government 1,438
Lethbridge School Division #51 Educational Instituion 1,100
Alberta Government Offices Government Entity 930
Lethbridge College Educational Institution 924
Holy Spirit Catholic Schools Division #4 Educational Institution 745
H&R Transport Trucking Company 702
Covenant Health Health Services 603
Lethbridge Research Centre Agricultural Research 488
Sunrise Poultry Poultry Processing 480
Maple Leaf Pork Pork Processing 380
Triple M Housing Manufactured Housing 366
Green Acres Foundation Seniors Housing 350
Lethbridge Family Services Community Social Service Organization 325
Costco Wholesale Department Store 322
PepsiCo Foods Canada Snack Food Processing & Distribution 251
Southern Alberta Community Living Association Community Social Service Organization 235
Charlton & Hill Metalwork, Heating & Air Conditioning 235
Kawneer Metal Manufacturing 227
Save On Foods Retail Food Stores 225b
Real Canadian Superstore Department Store 220
Davis Auto Group Automobile Dealership 206
Shoppers Drug Mart Retail Health Care Stores 206b
Canadian Tire Hardware Stores 185b
BCT Structures Manufactured Housing 180
Cavendish Farms Potato Processing 171
Richardson Oilseed Limited Canola Processing & Packaging 164
Canada Safeway Retail Food Stores 150
Casino Lethbridge Gambling 150
Meridian Manufacturing Agricultural Equipment 149
Pratt & Whitney Canada Aircraft Engine Manufacturing 140
Haul-All Equipment Equipment Manufacturer 135
Southland Trailer Corp. Transportation Equipment 131
Lethbridge Lodge Hotel Hotel & Conference Centre 130
MNP Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors 129
Browns Social House Restaurant 125b
KB Heating & Air Conditioning Heating & Air Conditioning 120
Alberta Motor Association Travel & Insurance Providers 114
Varsteel  Steel Suppliers 110
Lethbridge Iron Works Iron Foundry 110
ATB Financial Institution 109b
Firestone Restaurant & Bar Restaurant 105
Sears Canada Department Store 100


For more information or to be added to our 2015 Major Employers survey, please contact Mike Prociw at 403.332.6056.
 

Notes

aStaff includes full-time, part-time and casual workers.
bIncludes the staffing levels of all Lethbridge locations.

Sources

Economic Development Lethbridge, Survey of Major Employers, Fall 2015


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