Edmonton Metropolitan Region
Alberta Capital Region
Downtown Edmonton skyline
Member municipalities of the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board
Location of the region in Alberta
|• Total||9,438.86 km2 (3,644.36 sq mi)|
|• Density||140.0/km2 (363/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC-7 (MST)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-6 (MDT)|
|Forward sortation areas|
|Area code(s)||780, 587, 825|
|Highways||2, 2A, 14, 15, 16, 16A, 19, 21, 28, 28A, 37, 39, 44, 60, 100, 216|
The Edmonton Metropolitan Region (EMR), also commonly referred to as the Alberta Capital Region, Greater Edmonton or Metro Edmonton, is a conglomeration of municipalities centred on Alberta's provincial capital of Edmonton.
The EMR's commonly known boundaries are coincident with those of the Edmonton census metropolitan area (CMA) as delineated by Statistics Canada. However, its boundaries are defined differently for Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board administrative purposes.
The EMR is considered a major gateway to northern Alberta and the Canadian North, particularly for many companies, including airlines and oil/natural gas exploration. Located within central Alberta and at the northern end of the Calgary–Edmonton Corridor, the EMR is the northernmost metropolitan area in Canada.
The Edmonton CMA is the largest CMA in Canada by area at 9,426.73 km2 (3,639.68 sq mi). In the 2016 Census, it had a population of 1,321,426, making it the sixth largest CMA in Canada by population. The Edmonton CMA comprises the majority of Statistics Canada's Division No. 11 in Alberta.
A fragmentation in regional cooperation and partnership has long played a divisive role within the EMR. Particularly, Edmonton was frustrated that its surrounding municipalities were receiving an increased tax base for major industrial development, while not contributing to Edmonton's burden to maintain and build new infrastructure within Edmonton used by the residents and businesses of the surrounding municipalities.
After pulling out of the Alberta Capital Region Alliance (ACRA), Edmonton lobbied the provincial government to establish some form of regional government that would be more effective in fostering regional cooperation between it and its surrounding municipalities. As a result, Premier Ed Stelmach announced in December 2007 that a governing board would be established for Edmonton's Capital Region. Four months later, the Capital Region Board was formed on April 15, 2008 with the passing of the Capital Region Board Regulation by Order in Council 127/2008 under the authority of the Municipal Government Act. On October 26, 2017, the Capital Region Board (CRB) was renamed to the Edmonton Metropolitan Region Board (EMRB).
The CRB was originally established with 25 participating or member municipalities – 23 of which were within the Edmonton CMA and two of which were outside the CMA (Lamont County and the Town of Lamont). The number of member municipalities was reduced to 24 on September 10, 2010 after the Village of New Sarepta dissolved to hamlet status under the jurisdiction of Leduc County on September 1, 2010. Concurrent with the CRB's name change to the EMRB in October 2017, municipal membership decreased from 24 to 13 to include only those municipalities with a population of 5,000 or more.
More specifically, the EMRB includes:
Under the CRB Regulation, the CRB was tasked with preparing a growth plan to cover land use, intermunicipal transit, housing, and geographic information services components. In March, 2010, Growing Forward: The Capital Region Growth Plan (CRGP), consisting of individual plans for these four components and two addenda, was approved by the Government of Alberta.
The CRGP includes a population and employment forecast for the Capital Region. With a base population of 1.12 million in 2009, the CRB has forecasted the population of the Capital Region to reach 1.31 million by 2019. However, the 2019 population estimate was reached and exceeded by 2014. The CRGP also designates priority growth areas and cluster country residential areas within the Capital Region.
The following is a list of municipalities in the Edmonton CMA, with those that are members of the EMRB indicated accordingly.
|Alexander 134||Indian reserve||1,099||N|
|Betula Beach||Summer village||16||N|
|Enoch Cree Nation 135||Indian reserve||1,690||N|
|Golden Days||Summer village||160||N|
|Itaska Beach||Summer village||23||N|
|Leduc County||Municipal district||13,780||Y|
|Parkland County||Municipal district||32,097||Y|
|Point Alison||Summer village||10||N|
|Seba Beach||Summer village||169||N|
|Strathcona County||Specialized municipality||98,044||Y|
|Sturgeon County||Municipal district||20,495||Y|
|Sundance Beach||Summer village||73||N|
|Wabamun 133A and 133B||Indian reserve||1,622||N|
|Total Edmonton CMA||1,321,426||—||—||—|
Major industrial areas within the ECR include the northwest, southeast and Clover Bar industrial areas in Edmonton, Nisku Industrial Business Park in Leduc County, Acheson Industrial Area in Parkland County, Refinery Row in Strathcona County, and Alberta's Industrial Heartland spanning portions of Sturgeon County, Strathcona County, Lamont County and Fort Saskatchewan.
At the moment, two more major industrial areas are in the final stages of establishment. The establishment of the Horse Hills industrial area in northeast Edmonton is in the final planning stages, while Edmonton Airports is currently planning its inland port development under the Port Alberta initiative at the Edmonton International Airport within Leduc County.