Over the next 50 years, Edmonton’s population is forecast to grow to 2.1 million people. That’s a little over a million more people than we have now. We’re responsibly planning to ensure a high quality of life for our residents and a vibrant, strong central city for the region.
Edmonton is Growing, Fast
In just two years, Edmonton grew by 7.4% or more than 60,000 people. That’s 82 people moving to Edmonton every day. To put that in perspective, effectively from 2012 to 2014, we grew almost the size of St. Albert.
Edmonton’s Plan: Building Up, In and Out
We are building “up” through new residential high-rise towers in our core neighbourhoods, and by encouraging higher-density development adjacent to large-scale transit stations.
We build “out” by ensuring our newest communities are compact and complete with housing, employment and services. Edmonton’s newest communities have the highest suburban residential densities in the region.
Room to Grow
Even with Edmonton’s “Up, In and Out” growth management strategy that uses land efficiently and effectively, we are still running out of room to grow. With Edmonton providing 70% of the region's housing options and nearly 80% of the region's jobs, this is a problem.
Not having enough land to meet demand affects land costs, housing affordability and job creation.
Annexation will allow Edmonton room to grow, and with growth comes opportunity. Growth brings new retailers, restaurants, festivals and international events that add vibrancy and culture. It also helps Edmonton attract and keep a talented workforce, creates jobs and attracts global leaders in research and innovation. In other words, a strong Edmonton sustains a globally competitive and prosperous region.
Regional Growth Plan
Edmonton is a major city in the fastest-growing region in the fastest growing province in Canada.
With the Edmonton region projected to have 34% of the provincial population by 2041, careful long-term planning is critical to ensure this growth is accommodated sustainably.
To ensure the Edmonton Metropolitan Region uses resources efficiently and supports the high quality of life we enjoy, municipalities within the Edmonton Metropolitan Region partnered together to form the Capital Region Board (CRB). There are 24 municipalities within the Capital Region Board (CRB), including Edmonton, Leduc County and the Town of Beaumont.
The Capital Region Board’s (CRB) regional growth plan describes where people will live and where jobs will be located in the region over the next 50 years. The plan also provides a vision for what growth will look like - what density new residential areas will be developed at, and requires new neighbourhoods to be developed next to already built up areas. This ensures that land is used efficiently and that development and supporting infrastructure, such as sewer pipes, are aligned.
The plan calls for much of Alberta's growth over the next 50 years to be accommodated within the land south of Edmonton’s existing boundary, in the area Edmonton is proposing to annex.
Edmonton is the Region’s City
Whether you live in Calmar, Gibbons, Stony Plain or Ardrossan, keeping Edmonton a strong hub benefits everyone in the region. With nearly a million people, and growing, Edmonton provides the mass population to attract and retain top talent in sectors such as health care, business, services and investment to enhance quality of life in the region.
Also, the $488 million invested in major downtown projects, such as Rogers Place, The Quarters Downtown, and drainage infrastructure to service the many new towers, catalyzed up to 4.8 billion private and public projects planned for the city’s core. This creates jobs, housing and services that enables Edmonton to keep providing the diversity of services and attractions for a thriving future for our region.