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Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education

Education and entrepreneurship are cornerstones of the dynamic economy that Albertans continue to build through their knowledge, adaptability and entrepreneurial spirit. Toward that end, Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education aligns economic development activities in the province with post-secondary education, entrepreneurship, industry training, research and innovation. Alberta is a leader in Canada with the implementation of this unique, inclusive structure, which builds on existing links between government functions that contribute to a stronger, more robust economy.

Building a skilled workforce through accessible post-secondary education and innovation helps advance our knowledge-inspired economy – an economy that is prosperous, diverse, competitive and stable. Alberta Innovation and Advanced Education is cultivating the knowledge-inspired economy in the province by aligning initiatives that strengthen the province’s skilled workforce, increase business start-ups, support the commercialization of technology, and focus on solving the world’s biggest challenges through a world-class research and innovation system. As a result, the ministry advances Albertans’ goal to engage with the world around them and, through investment and innovation at home, play a leading role in making our world a better place.

Alberta sets vision for future economic growth

Alberta’s Economic Development Framework will help strengthen and broaden the provincial economy and build Alberta’s resilience through “boom-and-bust” economic cycles. The Framework encourages a diverse economic development community to rally around a shared vision for the Alberta economy.   See Learn more.

Small Business Resources

Small Business Resources

Alberta Small Business Resources is a directory of business resources for new and established entrepreneurs. Find out more about how Alberta’s new Small Business Strategy is setting the stage for business success.

The Ministry of Innovation and Advanced Education is responsible for the following:


Apprenticeship and Trades 

Adult Learning

Student Funding 

Provides financial resources to Albertans to support their post-secondary education, including:

Economic Development

Research and Innovation

The Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education is Honourable Don Scott 

The Deputy Minister is Marcia Nelson.