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Alberta wildfires rebuilding to boost province’s growth, jobs in 2017

Alberta wildfires

$5.3 billion will be put back into the province’s economy as Fort McMurray residents and businesses rebuild after Alberta wildfires devastated the northern city earlier this year. Canadian Armed Forces photo.

Alberta wildfires took .1 per cent off provinces GDP in 2017

OTTAWA, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Rebuilding following northern Alberta wildfires earlier this year will add 0.4 per cent to economic growth in the Canadian province in 2017, creating jobs in a region already hurt by the oil price slump, according to a report released on Tuesday.

A total of C$5.3 billion ($3.92 billion) will be put back into Alberta’s economy over the next three years for clean-up and rebuilding around the Fort McMurray area, the Conference Board said.

The insurance industry will be responsible for covering the brunt of that cost, the report said, with the industry estimating claims at C$3.6 billion. The Conference Board estimated that relief and rebuilding efforts will cost various levels of government about C$1.5 billion.

In contrast, the federal and provincial governments covered the majority of payments following flooding in Alberta in 2013 due to a lack of residential flood insurance in the province, the report noted.

More than 1,900 residences were damaged or destroyed by wildfires in May that disrupted oil production and contributed to a contraction in growth in Canada in the second quarter.

The impact of the wildfires likely took 0.1 per cent off Alberta’s gross domestic product this year, the report said. But rebuilding efforts over the next three years should help boost construction and retail sales and create 8,968 jobs next year.

That could take close to 0.1 percentage point off Alberta’s unemployment rate in 2017, the report said.

(Reporting by Leah Schnur; Editing by Dan Grebler)

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