Highlighting our strengths

We want to make it easy to share from the rooftops just how great this Region really is.

Explore what sets our Region apart
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A Business Friendly Environment

  • Office space in the Region’s core is more affordable and talent costs are about 30% less than in other major Canadian centres. 
  • In 2022, the Region was home to 94.7% small and medium-sized businesses.

Robust Education System

  • The Region has more than 130,000 post-secondary students.
  • Eight post-secondary institutions provide access to diverse learning and research opportunities, including partnerships with industry.
  • University of Alberta in Edmonton ranks 7th in the world in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings.
  • NAIT has been recognized as one of Canada’s top technical training and applied research colleges. 

Highest Labour Participation Rate of any Major Metro Region in Canada

The Region is expecting another 500K jobs within the next 20 years and we will have the talent to fill those positions

Using data to drive decisions

This is the place to access regional data from simple things like population and GDP, to more complex datasets related to progress on implementing our growth.

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Regional dashboard

The Government of Alberta provides easy access to a regional dashboard with reliable data on various topics. Users can drill down into specifics for each municipality in the Region, and across Alberta.

Explore the GOA’s regional dashboard
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Growth plan KPIs

We’re monitoring changes and progress on 28 key performance indicators (KPIs) that are tied to the implementation of our growth plan. Users can find data on employment growth and diversity, housing mix and spending, land supply, commuting length and duration, and more.

Explore our KPIs
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Open data & mapping insights

Our open data portal provides datasets with geographic information on land use patterns, soil classifications, demographics, housing demand, traffic congestion, employment areas, school sites, and more. Users are able to access and customize raw data and maps for their own analysis and use.

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Data collection portal – member login page

Member municipality access only — Designed as a pilot project, this portal provides access to customized web applications to address specific data requirements from our 13 member municipalities.

Coming soon.