Why Edmonton?

For Companies on the Grow

Edmonton can best be described as quietly confident. Bold and brash has never been our style. We put our energy into getting things done and always have. Our history dates back to the fur trade where business was conducted on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River that winds its way through the city.

1.3M People

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 the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

5th largest city in Canada

Vibrant and growing.

Edmonton is a city that welcomes newcomers and embraces a spirit of collaborative community. Five minutes here and you're one of us. 

24x Municipalities

The Edmonton Metropolitan Region is represented by 24 municipalities around Alberta’s capital city, Edmonton. Included in this region are five counties, four cities, 11 towns, and three villages. The region covers 11,993 square kilometres, accounts for 1.9% of Alberta’s land mass, and for 31.8% of Alberta’s population. 

Strong Economy

Growing at twice the rate of the national average.

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

Strong Economy

Succeed Sooner

Edmonton’s unique and collaborative business culture enables faster personal growth and increased opportunity.

  • $85.5 Billion
    GDP
  • 2.78x Faster Growth
    than the National Average

More investment and growth than any other major market in North America.

Between now and 2020, the city will see over $5 billion invested in the development of residential towers and retail spaces, office towers, new hotels, educational institutions, arts and culture facilities, and light rail transit.

20$ per Square Foot

Rental rates are affordable. 

Rental properties in downtown Edmonton range from $20 to $27 per square foot, beating other major western Canadian cities by as much as 40%.

One of the fastest growing GDPs among cities in Canada in the past 5 years.

  • 27%
    Public Admin & Defence
  • 27%
    Transportation and Warehousing
  • 19%
    Business Services
  • 19%
    Resource Extraction & Utilities
  • 18%
    Finance, Insurance, Real Estate
$85B GDP Averaging +1.84% growth.

Our economy is strong and growing.


Workforce

Build the Right Team.

People. It's what every business relies on to succeed. As one of Canada's youngest and fastest growing cities, we have a ready-to-go talent pool.

Young, smart and ready.

  • 37.8
    Average Age
  • 29.5
    % of the Population are Millenials.
  • 95,000
    Students
  • U of A
    World's Top 100 Ranked University
  • NAIT
    Largest Apprenticeship Trainer in Canada

More than 95,000 Students

Edmonton’s six publicly funded post-secondary institutions and numerous private training schools specialize in health, biotechnology, manufacturing, and machine learning and artificial intelligence.

University of Alberta ranks as one of the world’s top 100 universities.

It is also in the top 5% of engineering schools in North America. Annually, they receive upwards of $440 million in external research funds.

Edmonton leads in health research and teaching at the University of Alberta Hospital.

The university’s Mazankowski Heart Institute continues to advance cardiovascular care in North America, and, additionally, The Stollery Children’s Hospital is regarded as a national leader in organ transplantation.


Northern Alberta Institute of Technology is the largest apprenticeship trainer in Canada.

NAIT features the Shell Manufacturing Centre, a one-of-a-kind facility in North America, which helps keep small and medium enterprises globally competitive. 

Location

We Are the Ideal North American Access Hub

Perfectly-situated for success, Edmonton’s location provides unique access to growing markets in Canada and around the world

Designated Foreign Trade Zone (FTZ) Access Point

Edmonton is the key transportation and supply chain hub for the energy, manufacturing, and industrial sectors in Western Canada. 

Gateway for Canada's Arctic

Edmonton is the only city with direct flights to all major populated centres in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut, home to billions of dollars in current and future mining investments. 

8M Passengers per year at Edmonton International Airport

Edmonton International Airport is a major stop on world trade routes.

It offers non-stop connections to over 60 destinations across Canada, the U.S., and overseas, and has the only full freighter direct cargo flight service linking mainland China with Canada via Air China Cargo. 

The freighter route Shanghai-Edmonton-Tianjin-Shanghai provides premium air cargo shipping options between Asia and North America. 

There are also weekly flights to Europe and direct to Amsterdam via KLM Royal Dutch Airlines. 

Rail

The Canadian National and Canadian Pacific rail companies operate 16 rail and intermodal storage facilities within the Edmonton Metro Region, and have 9,600 route kilometres in Alberta. 

CN's Walker Yard in Edmonton is one of the largest rail yards in the West. It is the southern terminal for rail service to Fort McMurray and the first major urban supply centre along the northern mine from the port at Prince Rupert, Canada's closest deep water port to Asia. 

60M Tonnes

Are transported into and out of the province by rail each year. 

24Hr Or Less

We are a natural trucking and warehousing hub, positioned along major transportation corridors. 

We can access all major cities in Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest within 24 hours or less by highway.  

Closest major city to Alberta’s oil sands—the third-largest oil reserves in the world.

Alberta’s oil sands are projected to generate nearly $1.1 trillion worth of capital and operating expenditures between now and 2030, and Edmonton will serve as the manufacturing, construction, and transportation hub for much of that economic activity.

Business-Friendly City

Join a Collaborative Community

We think like entrepreneurs. Our business community is characterized by collaboration and support. You’ll be surrounded by like-minded, enterprising business people who are interested in realizing opportunity more than image or ego.

1st Overall

In entrepreneurial policy, as rated by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

$72M raised by TEC Edmonton.

We're home to Canada’s number one business incubator.

TEC Edmonton raised $72 million in total financing generating $160 million in revenue by clients in 2014/2015.

Extremely low personal and corporate tax rates and no provincial sales tax.

KPMG ranks Canada as the number one tax competitive jurisdiction in the world, and Edmonton as the number one tax competitive city in Canada, among other global mid-sized cities.

One of the most cost-competitive places to do business in the world.

Edmonton supports entrepreneurial energy and opportunity, making it one of the friendliest places to start and grow a business in Canada.

Internationally-renowned innovation centres.

  • Biotechnology & Waste Management
    Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence
  • Technology Futures
    CanmetENERGY
  • Nanotechnology
    National Institute for Nanotechnology
  • Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence
    Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute

Resilient and Stable Market

Take advantage of our diversified economy

We have one of the most diversified economies in Canada. Risk is mitigated with Edmonton’s consistent economic stability and resilience, making us a smart, reliable city of choice for business.

95K Median Household Total Income

Income in our region is the second-highest among Canadian CMAs

27% Growth

Between 2005 and 2015, median household income in the Edmonton CMA grew at the fastest rate of Canada's major cities

A stable population.

We have a stable population, thanks in part to Edmonton’s largest employer — the public sector.

6.9% Unemployment Rate

Our consistently low unemployment rate is below the Alberta average — in the 5 - 7% range.

Culture

Contribute to a Down-to-Earth and Vibrant Culture

We're not all business. You can stand out, build your vision and find support in this up-and-coming Canadian city.

52Wk Festival Season

Year-round festival city.

Edmonton is a city for people who want to make the most of not just one season, but four seasons. Edmonton Tourism focusses on filling the event calendar with 52-weeks a year of entertainment and festivals worthy of our nickname, Festival City.

The Edmonton International Fringe Festival is the largest in North America, and the second largest in the world. 

88km of connected parks.

Largest urban park in North America. 

Running throughout the Edmonton, our river valley is the largest urban park in North America, 22 times bigger than Central Park, that covers 18,000 acres and links over 88 kilometres through the North Saskatchewan River valley. 

Edmonton boasts 460 parks, meaning an abundance of green space can be enjoyed throughout our city. 

Foodie Destination

Nine of ‘The 100 Best Restaurants for Foodies in Canada' are located in this region, according to OpenTable.

There's always something going on.

Explore Edmonton

Whether summer or winter, Edmonton is a city where the quality of life is a major attraction for those looking to make the most of every day.

  • Long summer days
    In the summers we enjoy up to 18 hours of sunlight a day.
  • Home to North America's largest mall
    West Edmonton Mall attracts nearly 2X more visitors than Disneyland each year.