Alberta welcomed a significant German immigration wave at the beginning of the 20th century. The province actually shares a political aspect with Bavaria, as the Progressive-Conservative party that has been running Alberta for 40 years exerts considerable influence on Canada’s federal government – just as does Bavaria’s CSU, which exerts a direct influence on Berlin.
A welcoming place for investors, Alberta has no provincial retail sales tax (PST), no provincial capital taxes, no payroll taxes, no machinery and equipment taxes, and the lowest gasoline tax amongst Canadian provinces. It also boasts the lowest combined federal and provincial corporate tax rate in the country at 25%.
Known to harbour the third largest petroleum reserves in the world (after Saudi Arabia and Venezuela), Alberta is also one of the Canadian provinces currently investing the most in renewable energies, pursuing a target of decarbonisation and diversification of the energy supply. Through the Renewable Electricity Program, Alberta is set to achieve a target of 30% renewable energy consumption by 2030. Solar energy especially is on the rise, with specific support programs for indigenous, residential and commercial, municipal, and on-farm programs. As Canada’s sunniest province with over 333 days of sunshine a year, Alberta has an abundance of solar resources. Alberta has over 20 years of experience in the wind power industry and over 1400 megawatts of installed generation capacity. The province’s 901 wind turbines currently make up 6% of Alberta’s total energy generation capacity.
Science & Research
The province features 3 universities, of which one is internationally renowned (University of Alberta (UofA) in Edmonton), and is strongly interested in technological and scientific exchanges with Bavaria. The “made in Germany” trademark is widely appreciated as a sign of very high quality products and know-how.
The Alberta government has been showing strong interest for several years in a technological innovation policy and has grouped its research and innovation organizations to create ARIA, the "Alberta Research and Innovation Authority". The goal is to monitor emerging trends and technologies in order to identify ways to diversify and to propose new and competitive edges.
Bavaria-Alberta relationships, formally established in 1999 with the opening of an Alberta Office in Munich, currently focus on the scientific and technological fields. In June 2009, the Bavarian Ministry of Science and Alberta’s Ministry of Advanced Education and Technology signed a MoU to strengthen their scientific and technological cooperation.
At the Bavarian Alliance for Research (Bayerische Forschungsallianz – bayFOR), the Coordination Bureau Bavaria/Quebec/Alberta/International supports Bavarian scientists' mobility toward their Albertan partners. The same type of program is under study by the Albertan government.