Our northern location is a strategic advantage. As North America's northernmost major city, our region is where air, rail, pipelines, and roadways converge to create an international manufacturing, cargo and logistics hub.
The region includes state-of-the-art infrastructure, connecting us to the global marketplace.
The Edmonton International Airport (YEG) is Canada’s most northern and largest airport by area. It has been tagged as Canada’s innovation airport. EIA is open 24 hours a day, with no operational restrictions, moving 8.2 million passengers and 43,000 tons of cargo in 2018.
The airport’s specialized cargo cluster development, Cargo Village, has 8 integrated courier/freight carriers, 3 independent cargo handlers, 40 freight forwarders and customs brokers, and 6 cargo terminals. The airport is currently undergoing a $36 million cargo expansion.
YEG is the first Canadian airport to receive CEIV certification for its expertise in the safe handling of temperature-sensitive cargo such as food products and pharmaceuticals.
YEG has international partnerships with Air China, Korean Air, Icelandair, Air France-KLM, and it is Canada’s closest major airport to Asia by circumpolar routes. The airport is a northern hub, connecting Northern Canadian communities and territories to Alberta, Canada, and worldwide.
The Edmonton region is linked to major ports on Canada’s West Coast by rail, including the Ports of Vancouver and Prince Rupert.
This is Canada’s largest and most diversified port. The port handles $1 of every $3 of Canada’s trade in goods outside North America. Its connection to the Port of Prince Rupert, which is one of North America’s fastest-growing ports, is a strategic advantage.
Prince Rupert is North America’s fastest growing port. It is the deepest port in North America and the closest to Asia. It provides access to over 170 countries. Shipping from the Port of Prince Rupert can shave up to 4 days off shipping to key Asian markets. The Port of Prince Rupert is 23 hours closer to Shanghai than Vancouver and 69 hours closer to Shanghai than Los Angeles. It’s known as Canada’s fastest-growing trade gateway and the Edmonton region is the last major city that goods flow through when entering or exiting the port.
There are 16 rail intermodal and storage facilities in the Edmonton region. These facilities are operated by Canadian National (CN) and Canadian Pacific (CP) ‚ the two top freight transportation players in Canada.
CN and CP operate 7,000 miles of track in Alberta, connecting the region to 8 Canadian provinces, 16 U.S. states, and Mexico.
CN operates regional facilities for automotive distribution and bulk handling as well as metal and forest product distribution centres. Over 58 million tons of commodities were moved by rail from Alberta to other North American regions in 2016.
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.
Complex and well-built road networks weave throughout the Edmonton 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.
Our 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.
Major pipelines run through our region including TransMountain, Keystone, and Enbridge help deliver oil, gas and hydrocarbon products throughout North America. The region helps Alberta move 2.2 million energy barrels per day.
The Edmonton region serves as a hub for the provincial pipeline system, helping deliver oil, gas, and hydrocarbon products throughout North America. Alberta’s pipeline network stretches 373,000 km and has a takeaway capacity of 2.2 million barrels per day.
The Edmonton region includes 50 km of hydrogen pipelines with plans for more to support the emerging hydrogen economy. Primary oil and gas are piped into the region, where it flows to other locations or is used as feedstocks for the local petrochemical industry before export.