We are YEG

We Are YEG: Alberta’s Economic Powerhouse

Alberta is the province that keeps on giving, growing, and diversifying. The Edmonton and Calgary regions are the twin economic engines of Alberta, each playing distinct and critical roles in driving the province's economy forward. While friendly competition exists, the relationship between the two regions is fundamentally rooted in mutual benefit and collaboration - where the growth and prosperity of one, ultimately benefits the other.

Alberta’s GDP is growing faster than anywhere else in Canada, and the Edmonton region is playing a key role in driving this growth.

The Edmonton region is expecting more than $30 billion in investment into its clean energy sector by 2030.

Centered around the Edmonton-Calgary corridor is the 5,000 Hydrogen Vehicle Challenge – an initiative aimed at decarbonizing commercial transportation by getting 5,000 hydrogen or dual-fuel vehicles on the road in Western Canada in five years. Edmonton International Airport is working with Toyota Canada to bring a fleet of 100 Miral Hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) to Alberta’s roadways.

As the fifth busiest airport by passenger traffic in the country, and supporting over 21,000 jobs, YEG’s economic output of $4.9 million is fundamental to Alberta’s economy.

All this economic activity, and much more, makes it clear why the Edmonton region is Canada’s fifth-largest economy with a GDP of $110 billion and a population of 1.5 million that is young, educated, and growing.

Edmonton’s Tourism Treasures

It’s easy to love our city, but don’t just take it from us! Edmonton's Tourism Sentiment Index is +28 which puts us on par with major cities across the globe. Looking for reasons why the Edmonton region is a must-visit destination? We’ve got you covered.

In the Edmonton region tourism is big business, more than $2 billion into our economy big business.

We can’t talk about tourism in Edmonton, without sharing about Edmonton’s modern and well-connected airport. Edmonton International Airport plays an important role in the transportation of people around the world offering more than fifty nonstop flights to destinations in North American, Central America, and Europe.

Edmonton International Airport is a key player in Alberta’s tourism sector and economy being the fifth busiest airport by passenger traffic in Canada. The airport’s partnerships include municipalities in the region to fund a Regional Air Service Opportunities Fund intended to continue to increase air service and economic opportunities in the region.

Tourism is growing in the Edmonton region. Travel Alberta’s research shows that the Edmonton area is expecting massive growth with visitor spending potentially hitting $5.8 billion in 2035, expecting to see the largest growth in tourism spending in the province.

The Edmonton Region's Educational Excellence

With a myriad of institutions and programs that fit anyone’s interests and aspiration, accessible and relevant education and training is a cornerstone of the post-secondary landscape in Edmonton and the city’s metropolitan region.

MacEwan University is in the heart of Edmonton's downtown and as a growing undergraduate university is on track to serve 30,000 students by 2030. Recently, they broke ground for the MacEwan School of Business, scheduled to open in 2027. The institutions impact will continue to contribute to downtown’s vibrancy.

With five campuses, including one rural and one francophone campus, the U of A maintains strong connections with communities across Alberta, working with them to help address some of the most pressing issues facing our province in areas like rural health care, the impacts of climate change and drought, and new technology in the energy sector. The recent Alumni Impact Report shows that U of A grads contribute $250 billion each year to the global economy through alumni-founded companies employing 922,000 people. The U of A seeks to challenge, to change, and to always be Leading with Purpose.

Athabasca University (AU) is a university like no other. As Canada’s leading open online university, AU provides opportunity and access by removing the most common barriers to a world-class university education. AU’s learners are mostly working people who live, work, and study where and how they choose through AU’s wide range of Bachelors, Masters and PhD programs, and personal and professional development programs. Whatever learners’ age, location, career, or education: we support them to develop their careers while living and working in their home communities – in ways no other Canadian university does or can. AU transforms the lives of our learners and their communities, via research and teaching, one person at a time.