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The final strategic plan will include:

  • Council’s updated vision for Edmonton in 2050
  • Principles which will guide City Council’s decision making
  • 10-year strategic goals which will influence the delivery of City services

2050 Vision and Goals

Council's Draft Strategic Plan

Council’s strategic plan is your plan. Public engagement creates opportunities to provide input through surveys, drop-in sessions, discussion groups and pop up events.

Next Steps

Council’s Strategic Plan is your plan. The results of the survey and the drop-in sessions will form the basis of the recommendations which will be made to City Council in summer 2018.

The City of Edmonton’s Public Engagement Framework is part of the City’s overall commitment to open government — Edmonton as an Open City. An open city creates opportunities for diverse input and participation, inviting citizens to play a larger role in shaping their community and enabling social and economic growth.

Public engagement creates opportunities for people to contribute to City Council and Administration decision making, which helps shape City policies, programs, projects, and services.

Creating City Council’s Strategic Plan is one of the most important tasks for building a great city - a city where we can all live, work, grow, connect and thrive.

This plan forms the foundation for all of the everyday tasks and the long-term work the City does. It also guides Council’s commitment to enhance the quality of life for all Edmontonians.

Municipal government is the closest to its citizens. What it does, how it does it and when it does it touches the daily lives of all Edmontonians.

Let’s celebrate our wonderful city, and get excited about helping to shape the future of Edmonton!

About the Plan

Edmonton has grown and evolved as a city over the last decade. It’s one of the youngest cities in Canada with global aspirations.

Edmontonians have also changed: they have high expectations for service delivery and demand that government listen and act responsibly.

As Edmonton continues to grow and evolve, it needs a roadmap so citizens know what the City wants to accomplish and can find ways to contribute to the vision.

As we evolve, so does our vision. In 2050, Council envisions a more people-focused city, embracing Edmonton’s diversity and community spirit. The vision outlines what we want to become.

Council’s strategic goals paint a broad picture of what Edmonton stands for in the future. These strategic goals identify the areas where change will be focused, and they become the goalposts for the strategic recommendations and directions that make up Council’s Strategic Plan.

Council’s Strategic Plan guides and informs the city for a 10-year period. We recognize that new issues, challenges, trends and opportunities will emerge throughout the 10-year life of the strategy, and changes to the plan may be required.

To learn about progress on Council’s 2009-2018 strategic plan please see the last annual progress report (2016).


In spring 2017, the Strategic Renewal project team completed pre-engagement meetings with community and business leaders to better understand how to engage Edmontonians around Council’s Strategic Plan.

The conversations in the meetings centered on 2 areas:

  1. Insights from the community and business leaders’ view of the world
  2. Strategic advice on how to conduct a meaningful consultation and engagement process

These conversations helped shape the public engagement approach for the process of engaging Edmontonians, called Vision 2050. This process was approved by Council in December 2017. Vision 2050 is a people-focused process that will guide us toward our collective ambition for the Edmonton we all want.


Ten years ago, Edmontonians from all walks of life helped City Council build a common vision for our future. The result of this work was the City of Edmonton’s 2040 vision and a 10-year strategic plan called The Way Ahead. Since 2008, these plans have been the road map for our work, guiding us towards our continued commitment to serving the citizens of Edmonton.

The Way Ahead and the 7 directional plans (called The Ways) that supported it have served us well these past 10 years. They’ve helped us transform our downtown core, expand our LRT, reduce our carbon footprint, and build new recreation centres, fire halls and libraries.

Building on the achievements and lessons of The Way Ahead and The Ways, Edmonton City Council is refreshing its vision and building one integrated strategic plan. This new strategic plan will be an evolution of The Ways which will provide more clarity and consistency in our work.

It’s now time to not only renew this strategic plan but to look a little farther into the future as we prepare for the next million people who will call our city home.

For More Information


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