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Guiding Values Videos Series

The City Plan has 6 Guiding Values that articulate how Edmontonians want to experience their future city.

  • I want to BELONG and contribute
  • I want to LIVE in a place that feels like home
  • I want opportunities to THRIVE
  • I want more ACCESS within my city
  • I want to PRESERVE what matters most
  • I want to be able to CREATE and innovate

The Guiding Values Videos series feature passionate people and organizations that embody these values.


How can we build a more inclusive city for all Edmontonians? Watch Zachary Weeks as he explains how being more open-minded and accepting of everyone can help create ACCESS for all.

“My dream is that we have a city that’s able to be fully accessed and enjoyed by everyone no matter what their ability or situation. That’s the way we’re going to make a more inclusive society.”


Edmonton is growing. From newborns to newcomers, from students starting school to refugees starting a new life, Edmontonians want to feel welcome and supported. So we can all contribute.

“I think we are ‘citymates’ — all of us. When newcomers choose Edmonton, we should support them because Edmonton is our home and their home too. So we’re in the same home.”


How will spaces for creativity and innovation make our city a better place to live? According to Alex Prior, Chief Conductor of the ESO, and Annemarie Petrov, CEO of the Winspear Centre, music, art and theatre help bring us together as a society.

“I think Edmonton’s going to be an incredible hotbed of creativity, a creative hub, a cultural hub...a place where creativity is celebrated and encouraged and given the opportunity, could become something really quite extraordinary.”


Small-batch ice cream can have a big impact, especially when churned with a heavy dose of community spirit. Watch Candyce Morris of Kind Ice Cream share how they embody the LIVE Guiding Value.

“It’s so important to have a place for connection.”


The MacKinnon Ravine is an example of the PRESERVE value in action. Listen to Dr. Stunden Bower, Associate Professor for the University of Alberta’s History and Classics Department, discuss the ravine’s history.

"Becoming a place where a really representative cross-section of the population can be heard and where we can take into account the needs not just of humanity but also of non-human nature in the built and natural environment is very much an ongoing task."


Throughout The City Plan engagement sessions, Edmontonians told us they want their future city to provide opportunities for all residents to succeed, no matter who they are or where they come from.

“Having an understanding of the different walks of life, creating a safe environment, a safe city to live in, a city that is understanding, that has supports to be able to accommodate the different types of people that are coming here is so important.”

Big City Moves

Catalyze and Converge

Is about developing new physical and economic opportunities for ideas, talent and investment to come together.

By creating a collaborative environment where businesses, academic institutions, the arts, and technology spark synergies and drive competitiveness ahead, Edmonton is attractive by design.

A Rebuildable City

Is about working with what we have today and continuously adapting and re-imagining our built environment to meet the needs of the future.

Reshaping the city to better serve another million residents will require that we preserve our heritage assets while deliberately making more room to grow.

Greener As We Grow

Is about creating a city that is dedicated to preserving and protecting the environment through good design and conscious development decisions.

By designing for people, a greener city is a place where everyone has access to natural spaces and can enjoy the benefits of living a healthier and better connected outdoor life.

Inclusive and Compassionate

Is city-making that supports human-centred design where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can not only survive, but thrive.

By focusing on building a city that emphasizes compassion and inclusivity, the City of Edmonton and Edmonton residents alike are intentional in their efforts to reduce poverty, provide attainable and affordable housing and eliminate homelessness.

A Community of Communities

Is about building connections to welcome new residents and developing housing, recreation and employment centres that are within reach.

They are linked by a range of efficient mobility options and walkable features. Diverse design and development opportunities are provided to meet the needs of residents through all life’s phases.

Building Our City

Mayor and Lynnwood Elementary School

Students from Lynnwood Elementary School shared their city planning vision for the future with Mayor Don Iveson.

"You know, I love visiting schools and talking to elementary school kids who are studying cities and planning. They're the ones who are going to inherit the decisions that city council is making on their behalf today"

Edmonton’s Future Is

What are the things that make a neighbourhood great, that connect you with your neighbours and friends? What makes you want to go out and explore our city?

Those are the things we want you to identify for The City Plan to make future Edmonton residents love their neighbourhoods as much as you do? Help us write The City Plan.

What Choices Will You Make?

What does Edmonton’s Future look like to you? What choices do we need to make to get there?

We're asking Edmontonians what #EdmontonsFutureIs. Help write The City Plan.

Thank you, Edmonton

How do we plan for a future of one million more Edmontonians? We begin with you.

Thousands of Edmontonians shared their voices to shape The City Plan vision. From workshops and surveys to engagement sessions and open houses, you took part in the conversation. Thank you, Edmonton. We couldn’t do it without you.

Jane's Walk Story Map

A photo of a map with pins placed on it.Take a virtual walk through Edmonton with The City Plan Story Map. Learn more about the impact of good planning on the development of our city.

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