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Alberta Grades 10-12 Social Studies Topics

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Students will:

  • 4.6 analyze impacts of globalization on women
  • 4.8 analyze how globalization affects individuals and communities (migration, technology, agricultural issues, pandemics, resource issues, contemporary issues)
  • 4.9 explore multiple perspectives regarding the civic responsibilities that individuals, governments, organizations and businesses may have in addressing opportunities and challenges presented by globalization

Learning Outcomes

 At the end of this activity, students will be able to:

  • Identify two work-related reasons for why people choose to move to another province within Canada. (4.6, 4.8)
  • Identify two challenges faced by interprovincial workers and explain how these challenges affect the workers. (4.6, 4.8)
  • Identify two ways that interprovincial migration specifically affects women (4.6)
  • Explain how government policy can better support the unique challenges faced by interprovincial workers. (4.8, 4.9)

Type of Activity:

Reading and reflection with optional group discussion.


To educate students about how mobile work and government policies affect interprovincial workers in Canada.

Time needed:

50-60 minutes.

Materials required:

Internet access; writing implements.

Prior Student Knowledge Required:

Basic knowledge of federal-provincial division of powers and Canadian history.

Teacher Preparation Required:

Read stories and background information provided on website.

Individual Activity (20-30 minutes)

  1. Visit the On the Move Alberta Stories website ( and find the stories of interprovincial workers.
  2. Select two stories to read. Ensure that at least one of the stories is about a female interprovincial worker.
  3. For each story, write 50-word answers the following questions:
  1. Why did the worker move from their home province to find work?
  2. What challenges did the worker face once in Alberta?

Classroom Discussion (20-30 minutes)

  1. What motivates workers from other provinces to come to Alberta?
  2. Why do many of these workers end up in the construction or energy sector?
  3. What do you think is the role of employers in attracting these interprovincial workers?
  4. What difficulties or problems do interprovincial workers face when working in another province? How do they solve these problems?
  5. Do interprovincial workers face a more difficult path to employment than those working in their home provinces? Do they have unique opportunities?
  6. How do policies enacted by the federal and provincial/territorial government affect interprovincial workers? How could they be improved?