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The Edmonton Metropolitan Region is connected in every sense of the word. Free trade agreements and integrated infrastructure mean easy trade access to the rest of the world. A welcoming and inclusive environment also gives our region a vibrant global identity and mindset. The region is home to a foreign trade zone, allowing companies to ship materials and unfinished products here so they can be sold to global markets as Canadian products within existing trade agreements ― a major advantage in today’s challenging trade environment.  

Integrated supply chain

Known as Port Alberta (the Edmonton Metropolitan Region’s inland port), the region’s integrated logistics systems help facilitate trade on local, regional, national, and international levels. The region is home to a Foreign Trade Zone allowing companies to bring in materials from around the world, complete manufacturing and assembly, and sell onto world markets as Canadian made products. Canada’s large number of Trade Agreements, which open access to more than 1.5 billion consumers, has become even more attractive as some global economies seek to restrict trade.

Foreign Trade Zone

Investors are eligible for tariff and tax exemptions on the purchase or importation of raw materials, components or finished goods. Materials and goods can generally be stored, processed, or assembled for re-export (taxes and duties generally would not apply) or for entry into the domestic market (taxes and duties would be deferred until the time of entry).

Duty-free Manufacturing

Canada was the first country in the G-20 to offer a tariff-free zone for industrial manufacturers. 

In addition, investors who choose Canada will have the advantage of importing advanced machinery and equipment into Canada free of import duties. This reduces the import cost of advanced machinery and equipment.

Investor Benefits

  • No heavy paper burden
  • No geographic restriction – accessible regardless of location
  • Improved cash flow
  • Reduced operating expenses
  • Increased international competitiveness
  • Access global markets and more than 1.5 billion consumers through Canada’s trade agreements

  • AIR

    The Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is Canada’s largest airport (by area), moving 8.2 million passengers and 43,000 tons of cargo in 2018.

    Cargo Village, the airport’s specialized cargo cluster development, has 8 integrated courier/freight carriers, 3 independent cargo handlers, 40 freight forwarders and customs brokers and 6 cargo terminals. The airport has international partnerships with Air China, Korean Air, Icelandair, and Air France-KLM. EIA operates commercial and passenger flights 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is a full-service airport. 

    EIA is also a northern hub, connecting Northern Canadian communities and territories to a close commercial and international airport.

  • RAIL

    Over 58 million tonnes of commodities were moved by rail from Alberta to other North American regions in 2016.

    There are 16 rail intermodal and storage facilities in the Edmonton Metropolitan Region belonging to Canadian National and Canadian Pacific ―2 top freight transportation players in Canada. Together, they operate 7,000 miles of track in Alberta and connect the region to 8 Canadian provinces, 16 U.S. states, and Mexico.

    Canadian National’s Walker Yard in Edmonton is one of the largest rail yards in Canada, spanning 50 blocks and connecting the region to Fort McMurray, where Canada’s oilsands are located.

  • Credit: Prince Rupert Port Authority


    While not located on the coast, the Edmonton Metropolitan Region is still linked to major ports on Canada’s West Coast by rail. The Port of Vancouver and Port of Prince Rupert—the deepest port in North America and the closest port to Asia— provide access to over 170 countries.

    The Port of Prince Rupert is the closest deep water port to Asia and can shave up to 4 days in shipping goods to and from key Asian markets.

    Photo Credit: Prince Rupert Port Authority

  • ROAD

    Complex and well-built road networks weave throughout the Edmonton Metropolitan Region.

    • The Anthony Henday Drive circles the city of Edmonton, linking the region to highways 2, 16, and the airport, easing the connection of regional businesses.
    • The region is located along the CANAMEX trade corridor. This series of highways link Canada to the United States and Mexico, representing $3.95 billion in trade.
    • The Trans-Canada Highway runs through the region, spanning 7,821 km across Canada.

    The Edmonton Metropolitan Region serves as a hub for the provincial pipeline system, helping deliver oil, gas, and hydrocarbon products throughout North America.

    Primary oil and gas is piped from Canada’s oilsands into the region, where it flows to other locations or is used as feedstocks for the local petrochemical industry before export. Alberta’s pipeline network stretches 373,000 km and has a takeaway capacity of 2.2 million barrels per day.

Trade agreements

Canada has a total of 14 trade agreements with 51 different countries, opening access to 1.5 billion people and a combined GDP of $49.3 trillion USD. That’s half of global GDP.

CPTPP – Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is a trade agreement among 11 nations, representing 495 million people and 13.5% of global GDP.

CUSMA – Canada – United States – Mexico Agreement

On July 1, 2020, the new Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) entered into force. CUSMA preserves key elements of the long-lasting trading relationship NAFTA and incorporate new and updated provisions that seek to address 21st-century trade issues and promote opportunities for the nearly half a billion people who call North America home.

CETA – Comprehensive Economic Trade Agrement

The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union has led to the elimination of 99% of tariffs with the EU.


First generation newcomers make up 23% of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region’s population, creating diverse, welcoming and vibrant communities and workplaces.

Canada’s robust immigration system reflects the need to meet Canada’s demographic and labour market demands. People from around the world have made the Edmonton Metropolitan Region their home, bringing unique talents and expertise to our growing economy.

Canada’s Global Skills Strategy makes it easier for businesses to attract the talent needed to succeed in the global marketplace. Part of this strategy, the Global Talent Stream allows employers to bring top international talent to Canada quickly. Eligible foreign workers with employer-approved applications can receive work permits within two weeks.

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