Located in the heart of the western Canadian prairies, Alberta’s capital city is home to 1.3 million people who embody the welcoming spirit that is a hallmark of Edmonton.

In addition to great business support and connections, Edmonton boasts one of the most stable and diversified economies in Canada. We are located in the wealthiest province in the country with income +30% higher than national average and a median family income of $101,470. The Canadian average is $78.870.

 

We’re growing twice as fast as the national average.

Between now and 2020, the city will see $5.5 billion invested in development of residential towers and retail spaces, office towers, new hotels, educational institutions, arts and culture facilities and light rail transit. That’s more investment and growth than any other major market in North America.

Edmonton has had one of the fastest growing GDPs among cities in Canada in the past five years. Our GDP per capita is 38% above the national average.

Thanks to a strong labour market over the past decade, our region has benefitted from a significant influx of residents, putting us among the top three cities in Canada for population growth, net migration and average incomes.

By the numbers

1.3 million metro population

$85 billion GDP GDP, 38%
higher than national average

3.5% annual growth

36.5 average age

We’re young. We’re smart. We’re ready.

As Canada’s second youngest city, we have a ready-to-go talent pool. The average age in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region is 36.5 years old, with 20-39 year olds as our fastest growing demographic.

More than 95,000 students are currently enrolled in Edmonton’s six publicly funded post-secondary institutions in addition to numerous private training schools. Students graduate with the skills needed to make valuable contributions with an emphasis on the health, biotechnology, industrial, manufacturing and construction sectors.

The University of Alberta is among the World’s Top 100 ranked universities, with one of the top 5% ranked engineering schools in North America.

The Northern Institute of Applied Technology (NAIT) is the largest apprenticeship trainer in Canada and is responsible for producing some of the most skilled in our workforce.

The Mazankowski Heart Institute is an innovator in cardiovascular care

The Stollery Children’s Hospital is a national leader in organ transplantation.

We’re ready for your next big idea

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Edmonton Startup, Jobber, Opens Toronto Office to Keep Pace with Global Growth

Jobber, the software platform that helps home service businesses be more successful, announced the opening of its Toronto, Canada office to support the rapid growth of its global customer base.

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Case Studies

Canada’s Marijuana Industry is Coming

With the Government of Canada having put forward its framework for the legalization of recreational cannabis, cities across the country will be looking to capitalize on the marijuana economy and its associated jobs, investment, and tax revenue. Edmonton will be no different, and it’s about time we started thinking strategically about how to make our mark in this new industry.

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Case Studies

How Does this Recession Compare to the Last?

Despite recent drops in the price of oil to back below $50 per barrel, most analysts and forecasters are expecting that 2017 will be the year Alberta climbs out of recession. Indeed, several of the province’s economic indicators began to climb back towards pre-recession levels late last year – this doesn’t mean Alberta is back to where it was before oil prices started dropping in summer 2014, but things are no longer getting worse.

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Startup Edmonton Shares How To Invest in Startups

In this article from Alberta Venture, Tiffany outlines some of the best steps founders of tech-enabled companies can take when considering investment and scaling their efforts.

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre (AATC) Drives Productivity

The Alberta Aerospace and Technology Centre (AATC) is a direct effort to diversify our economy by creating a new knowledge-based cluster of economic activity in the Edmonton Metro Region that will attract new revenue, new business and new highly qualified people to Alberta.

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Edmonton continues to flex its AI muscles

Cam Linke, Co-Founder Startup Edmonton and Board Member of AMII, shares his thoughts on the role the startup community plays in developing artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies into a variety of startup opportunities in this article from Denise Deveau at the Financial Post.

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Culture of Trade

Global Wholesaler Alibaba Visits Edmonton

EEDC’s Trade and Investment division hosted leading e-commerce companies in Edmonton to meet with local export-ready companies interested in exploring the Chinese consumer market. The workshop was an opportunity for Edmonton businesses to understand e-commerce in China and opportunities with Alibaba to be a sourcing and export platform to do business with the rest of the world.

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Innovation & Entrepreneurship

HackED Draws Over 100 Students

More than 100 students from three post-secondary campuses joined Startup Edmonton for HackED on January 28 & 29. Produced by the CompE Club, in association with Startup Edmonton, the event aims to inspire students from technical programs to build projects over a 36-hour period.

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Culture of Trade

AMTA Builds New Commercial Driver Training Centre at EIA

The Alberta Motor Transport Association (AMTA) will begin construction of a new educational facility at Edmonton International Airport (EIA) in the summer of 2017. The new construction will include a nearly 20,000 sq. ft. facility with an adjacent five-acre test driving track, as well as also include a driving simulation trainer that will enable AMTA to conduct complete training for commercial drivers all in one location.

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Major Investment

EEDC Receives $3 Million to Attract Diverse Businesses to Edmonton

On November 10, 2016, EEDC received $3-million in federal and provincial funding to pursue investment attraction for the Edmonton region. This investment program by EEDC’s government partners allows for a new focus on sector and geo-markets to bring investment to the Edmonton region, and the EEDC team is working to promote our region to the world.

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