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Quick Facts
Province: Alberta (capital city)
Population: 1 million +

When a city has as much going for it as Edmonton, it’s easy to see why the region is enjoying exceptional economic growth, high employment and increasing prosperity. Edmonton’s status as a world centre for the oil, gas and petrochemical industries and supply hub for northern mega-projects has created nearly limitless manufacturing possibilities. Home to Canada’s most diverse metropolitan economy, Edmonton offers an exceptional quality of life, a highly skilled workforce and a cost-competitive business environment making it one of the best places to work and live in the country.

Key Advantages

  • 97% of Alberta’s oil is found in the Greater Edmonton service area
  • Supply and service industries drive the energy extraction engine while research develops new technologies and supports expanded value-added processing of Alberta's massive oil, gas and oil sands reserves
  • But the city’s riches extend beyond its wealth of natural resources. Manufacturing opportunities in the region are virtually without limit. The demands of sectors including agri-food processing, petro-chemical processing, forestry, the life sciences, and nanotechnology are being met by the highly skilled workforce of more than 585,000 people and leading edge R&D facilities. 10 universities and colleges (150,000+ students)
  • Edmonton is one of the world’s most cost-competitive business environments with no sales tax and the lowest business taxes in Canada. With an annual GDP of over $42.5 billion — a growth of over 47% over the past decade—Edmonton’s economic strengths and low business costs are luring the best and brightest. The economy continues to grow with more than 115,000 new jobs created in the past 10 years and $100+ billion planned regional investment in the next decade.
  • 1,500 scientists, researchers, doctors, technicians and staff at Edmonton Research Park
  • #1 health system in Canada five years in a row
  • Proximity to more than half of the major markets in North America
  • 4 civilian airports, including Edmonton International Airport that offers 24 hour cargo handling facilities and processes more than 4 million passengers annually

Sector Strengths

  • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Agri-Food Products
  • Architecture, Engineering & Construction
  • Biomedicine & Biotechnology
  • Financial Services
  • Forest Products
  • Healthcare
  • Information & Communications Technology
  • Nanotechnology & Microsystems
  • Oil, Gas & Chemicals
  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Retail Services
  • Tourism & Entertainment
  • Transportation & Logistics