The Communities and Cities of Alberta’s Heartland

Report to Community

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association is a collaborative effort between several cities and counties within Alberta to ensure the organization’s vision of making Alberta a global leader in hydrocarbon and energy processing. By adopting an adaptive and proactive acumen, Alberta’s Industrial Heartland Association will achieve its mandate by utilizing the strength of its partnerships with the Alberta government, as well as industry and local stakeholders.

For nearly 20 years, each of the cities and counties within our municipal partnership has been contributing to the planning and promoting of industrial growth in Alberta’s Heartland. Through collaboration, our municipal members have been able to build and depend upon one another to help make the Heartland a model for economic growth.

Cities of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland

The Cities of Edmonton and Fort Saskatchewan provide robust urban environments which contribute much to the continued growth of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. The cities are home to well-established businesses, educational institutions, recreation facilities, parks, and more which provide a high quality of life for 1.3 million people who live and work in the region.

City of Edmonton Overview

The City of Edmonton serves as the supply and service hub to Alberta’s world-class energy sector, offering an ideal environment for industrial growth with a strong and sustainable economy. In addition to being located at the heart of the Alberta Capital Region, Edmonton is the central location of Western Canada’s extensive road, rail, and pipeline networks.

City of Edmonton Energy and Technology Park

With over 4,800 hectares of land, the Edmonton Energy and Technology Park (EETP) is designed to facilitate and support the growth of future industrial investment in Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. Future improvements to the arterial road network and zoning uses are under review, and will make the area more attractive for investments.

City of Fort Saskatchewan

The City of Fort Saskatchewan is the closest major urban center to Alberta’s Industrial Heartland, and its location along the High Load Corridor to Alberta’s oil sands makes the city an ideal location for manufacturing, fabrication, industrial service, and supply sector businesses. In spite of the recent economic cycles, investor confidence in Fort Saskatchewan has remained high, and so the city has continued to benefit from industrial development.

Communities of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland

The three counties—Lamont County, Strathcona County and Sturgeon County—are the rural communities that are part of the municipal partnership. Their land base, industrial parks, transportation networks, and small vibrant towns all contribute to the dynamic activity and growth of our industrial region.

County of Lamont

Lamont County is committed to world-class economic development, having spent 2016 further developing necessary infrastructure for the growth of Alberta’s Industrial Heartland. Lamont County contains a centrally located industrial-zoned land base, and through its rail and high-load corridors, is ideally situated to connect industry to the world market.

County of Strathcona

Strathcona County is a leader in industrial development, with a history of over 50 years of contributing in a collaborative effort to support sustainable economic growth. Currently, Strathcona County is rolling out a Foreign Investment Framework and Implementation Plan in an effort to encourage foreign petrochemical companies to invest within the area. The Country has also recently improved the infrastructure of its road, rail, and pipeline access to regional and global markets, with the intent of facilitating further updates with the intent of maintaining future heavy industrial development.

County of Sturgeon

Sturgeon County is a vibrant and growing municipality in Alberta, and home to several energy sector projects which continue to strengthen the county’s economy. Sturgeon County contains over $16 billion worth of agricultural, manufacturing, and advanced energy related investments set for construction within its borders, including North West Redwater Partnership’s Sturgeon Refinery, one of the largest construction projects in Canada, as well as Pembina’s third fractionator, with plans for a propylene and polypropylene facility in the region.