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Discover the Edmonton region

Edmonton

A thriving hub of opportunity

We're a region without limits. Land, water, talent, food, funding – it's all here waiting for you.

In our region, the people are as real as the opportunities. We're fiercely progressive and passionately entrepreneurial; pro-business and pro-environment; laid back, and incredibly hardworking.

It's a place where different is embraced, bold is celebrated, and life is exceptional.

Downtown Edmonton
  1. North America's fastest growing tech ecosystem
  2. Canada's largest hydrogen hub
  3. 8 post-secondary institutions with more than 130,000 students
  4. Ranked 3rd globally for AI research
  5. Second youngest metro region in Canada

Liveable. Affordable.

We are a major metropolitan centre you can afford to live in. In fact, we're ranked the most affordable major city in Canada and the fourth most affordable, globally.

Here you can have it all. Embrace everything that urban living offers or slow it down in one of our smaller communities.

People walking on Whyte Avenue
  • Doing business

    As one of Canada's largest metro regions, ideally located to the North, we're perfectly positioned in one of the most business friendly places in North America.

    Our biggest strength is our people. With a population of 1.4 million, and 8 post secondary institutions, with more than 130,000 students, we have a young and diverse talent pool.

    And we are the fastest growing region in Canada, with more than double the national average in export growth and generating $105 billion in GDP.

    Seachange Brewing
    Seachange Brewing
  • Future and families

    Universal health care, free primary and secondary schooling, affordable childcare and housing, safe and inclusive neighbourhoods, recreational activities, and competitive salaries – the Edmonton region is a great place to build a family, a future, and a life.

    Flying Canoe Festival
    Flying Canoe Festival
  • Culture

    Located on Treaty 6 Territory, the Edmonton region is diverse, inclusive, and truly has it all.

    Here, you can feed your soul through a vibrant arts scene and feed your appetite through an exceptional food scene. You can scream at the top of your lungs at a major sporting event or escape to the serenity of the surrounding natural playground. You can embrace our urban core or slow it down in our smaller towns. Whatever your speed, we’ve got the perfect fit.

    Heritage Festival
    Heritage Festival

Sector Spotlight AI and Technology

  • Made in the Edmonton region

    With annual exports from Alberta totaling $13 billion, manufacturing has cemented itself as an integral part of the regional economy, serving as both a standalone industry and a critical component to the success and growth of other industries.

    AI and Technology
    Workers on a work site.
  • Driving innovation forward

    The region is driving innovation forward in the world of robotics, transportation and logistics — with artificial intelligence at the wheel.

    AI and Technology
    A person wearing a VR (virtual reality) headset.

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Import here. Export here. here.

The Edmonton region is an inland port known as Port Alberta - where air, rail, pipelines, and roadways converge within a Foreign Trade Zone. Our unique northern location, combined with favorable regulations and incentives, make the region an international manufacturing, cargo, and logistics hub.

Canada has a total of 14 trade agreements with more than 50 countries, opening access to 1.5 billion customers and a combined GDP of $49.3 trillion USD - that's half the global GDP.

Edmonton Night

Latest in the region

Upcoming events and webinars

  • Trade Talks November 2022

    November 30 @ 8:00 am

    This is the first of what will be a quarterly meeting with a new topic each quarter! Enjoy some coffee and pastries while you learn about the opport…
  • The 2023 JUNO Awards in Edmonton

    March 13, 2023 @ 8:00 pm

    The JUNO Awards are heading back to Edmonton in 2023. The city, which is home to a vibrant medley of different cultures, attractions and natural…
  • Canadian Hydrogen Convention 2023

    April 25, 2023

    Canada is playing a critical role in the development of the global hydrogen economy with innovators in production processes and pioneers in fuel cel…

Why companies are choosing the Edmonton Region

  • Skilled talent

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    Investing in the Edmonton region means you have access to a pool of talent fed by a world-class education system. With eight post-secondary institutions, and 130,000 students, we are developing a future-focused workforce.

    The University of Alberta is ranked in the global top 100, and is ranked 3rd globally for AI research. The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology is the largest technology and apprenticeship trainer in Canada. And our region graduates more engineers per capita than anywhere else in Canada – by a large margin.

    Ranked as the best city for youth and youth work (Youthful Cities 2019), the Edmonton region is the second youngest metro region in Canada. Our friendly, affordable, and inclusive region, make it easy for companies to attract and retain talent.

  • Technology and innovation hub

    Innovation

    The Edmonton region was ranked as North America's fastest growing tech ecosystem in 2021 according to CBRE.

    Edmonton is home to the Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute (Amii), one of three Canadian AI Centres of Excellence. The region's expertise in machine learning and reinforcement learning has attracted global companies including: Deepmind, IBM, Google, Microsoft, Apple, and many more.

    Outstanding breakthroughs in industries such as autonomous vehicles, clean tech, and nanotechnology are happening here, supported by world-class talent in state-of-the-art facilities.

  • Cost advantage

    Big Ideas

    It costs less to operate a business in the Edmonton region. Alberta has the lowest combined corporate tax rate in Canada and one of the lowest in North America. In Edmonton, office space is more affordable and talent costs are approximately 30% less than other major Canadian centres. This gives our companies a competitive advantage, and this is before taking into account some of the attractive incentives available.

  • Brands that call the Edmonton region home

    • Beamdog
    • Inflexion Games
    • Jobber
    • BioWare
    • Airdar
    • WeFaces
    • The Little Potato Company
    • Lily Dale
    • Corteva
    • Bureau Veritas
    • UFA
    • ATCO
    • Edmonton International Airport
    • Suncor
    • SBI Bio Energy
    • Aurora Hydrogen
    • Air Products
    • Future Fields
    • Gilead
    • Entos Pharmaceutical
    • My Viva
    • Beamdog
    • Inflexion Games
    • Jobber
    • BioWare
    • Airdar
    • WeFaces
    • The Little Potato Company
    • Lily Dale
    • Corteva
    • Bureau Veritas
    • UFA
    • ATCO
    • Edmonton International Airport
    • Suncor
    • SBI Bio Energy
    • Aurora Hydrogen
    • Air Products
    • Future Fields
    • Gilead
    • Entos Pharmaceutical
    • My Viva