The Edmonton Business Census is designed to help address gaps in available business and employment information. The data collected will shape how the City supports businesses, improves services and attracts investment.
The City is dedicated to supporting economic growth, and we are working hard to make it easier to do business in Edmonton.
In 2023, City staff will visit most businesses in the O'day-min ward with the questionnaire. Home-based businesses will not be visited.
From May through August, the City will collect data from businesses to provide a count of businesses and provide information such as economic sector, where businesses are, employment counts by establishment and business owner demographic information.
All businesses in the city can choose to count themselves in by completing an online survey.
Census Results and Reporting
After data collection ends in August, the results will be analyzed and published.
The information collected is kept strictly confidential. Publicly available data—your business' name, phone number and website—will be included in census reporting. Sensitive information such as employment and demographics will only be reported in aggregate.
Why Your Business Should Participate
Help Inform Policy
Data such as the number, location and variety of employment opportunities in Edmonton will help inform policy decisions that affect businesses.
Support a Diverse Economy
Demographic information on business ownership will help the City support and celebrate its diverse and inclusive economy.
Providing prospective investors with more information they need to make decisions will give Edmonton a competitive edge in attracting foreign direct investment.
Gathering information about our business community can help the City's economic development partners understand issues and opportunities that can be addressed through their programming and services.
How To Count Your Business In
For the first year, census staff will go door-to-door through the O-day’min ward to capture information through a questionnaire.
If your business is located in and around these neighbourhoods, you can expect a visit between May 8 and August 31, 2023:
Queen Mary Park
River Valley Victoria
Businesses Outside of O'day-min
If your business is outside the O'day-min ward, or you prefer to complete an online questionnaire instead of an in-person visit, you can submit the census survey online. Businesses that complete the survey online will not be visited in person.