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.
The region’s integrated logistics systems helps facilitate trade on local, regional, national, and international levels.
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.
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.
The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) or United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement establishes trade between Mexico, the United States, and Canada. It is the 2nd largest free-trade agreement in the world, and as of 2017 has generated a trilateral merchandise trade total of approximately $1.5 trillion CAD.
The Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) with the European Union has led to the elimination of 99% of tariffs with the EU.
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.