An economically attractive and livable Region

EMRB recognizes the key to attracting a talented and skilled workforce is to provide affordable housing options, as well as access to transportation, employment, parks and open spaces, and community and cultural amenities.

Community Housing Morinville Summer 2022

By 2044, the Region’s labour force is projected to grow to more than 1.26 million — this represents an increase of more than 500,000 new jobs since 2021. 

An economic corridor connecting people, goods and services to global markets 

Efficient and cost-effective access in and out of the Region is essential to attracting and retaining businesses and industrial development and fostering economic growth. The EMRB leads a coordinated effort to ensure integrated regional land use plans in place with policies allowing for strong and integrated economic corridors.

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IRTMP Transportation Cargo plane on EIA tarmac

Cargo volume at Edmonton International Airport (YEG) continues year-over-year growth, even while overall global cargo volume is declining

Global companies, like Amazon, choose to establish warehouses here and create local jobs

About 49,700 vehicles travel the QEII Highway at Leduc interchange every day

Connecting communities to the world

High-speed internet is a necessary utility for every sector of a modern economy, and for all residents to be connected in everyday life, whether for work, school, health, community or entertainment. 

Recognizing that many areas within the Region experience gaps in reliable high-speed internet service, our advocacy efforts bring a unified voice to overcome an obstacle to our regional growth. 

A woman is working at home using a modem router, connecting the Internet to her laptop.

Increased connectivity could add up to $1B to the Region’s annual GDP (with average speed of 100 MBps)

Agriculture grows the economy

There’s a saying in the Region that the original black gold isn’t oil, it’s the soil, and our Region is home to some of the most fertile soils in the country. Agriculture is the second largest industry in the Region, with 30% of Alberta’s prime agricultural soils and 25% of Alberta’s food and beverage processing industry. 

By implementing the regional agriculture plan, we will see more compact growth, which will save 250 quarter sections of some of the most fertile lands that can be used to create opportunities in the agri-food sector, adding 17,000 jobs and an estimated $10B increase in the Region’s economy.

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The local farmers market in downtown Edmonton, Alberta, Canada is busy with locals and tourists looking to buy fresh local food and designed clothes.

Total direct economic output from the agricultural and agri-food industry in the Region has the potential to more than double from $4.5 billion in 2021 to an estimated $10 billion by 2046.

Climate resiliency for a healthy economy

Climate change has far-reaching effects that go beyond municipal borders. Among these are rising costs associated with the negative impacts of extreme weather events. Recognizing that the benefits of actions taken to adapt to climate change exceed the costs of inaction, the Region is looking at proactive measures to reduce these impacts and save money over the long term.

Car driving through flooded road after storm