News & Highlights

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From smart design to affordability to learning, here’s a sampling of good news and awards our city, organizations and communities have won recently.

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2023

Edmonton ranked first in Canada in housing affordability and supply study 

Edmonton received top marks in the Canadian Home Builders’ Association 2022 Municipal Benchmarking Study, which examines how local development processes, approvals and charges affect housing affordability and housing supply in major housing markets across the country.

Edmonton among best places for families to live in Canada

MoveHub rounded up the seven best places to live in Canada, and Edmonton was the sole spot in western Canada to make the cut thanks to being best for families.

Victoria IceWay featured in Travel + Leisure 

Travel + Leisure praises the Victoria IceWay as an ‘iconic ice-skating destination… a trail of ice through the forest of one of the city’s most beloved parks.’

Canada invests $9.74M in Alberta’s Hydrogen Economy 

The federal funding is improve access to hydrogen fuels, support product testing, attract investment to Alberta’s hydrogen industry, and increase the availability of quality training opportunities to commercialize new technologies all while supporting good-paying jobs Alberta workers can rely on.

Edmonton’s affordable housing market attracting immigrants 

Canadian Architect’s feature, Why Immigrants Answer When Edmonton’s Suburbs Call, shows how Edmonton’s City Plan for growth is attracting new Canadians by combining affordability, community design, diversity, and a sense of belonging. 

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2022

Edmonton is the first Canadian city to join the UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities

Edmonton joins UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities, an international network of cities committed to excellence in learning for all, to foster a culture of learning throughout life to enhance social inclusion, economic development and cultural prosperity.

Alberta included on Conde Nast Traveler’s Best Places to Travel 

Conde Nest Traveler list of the top places to travel highlights the Indigenous Peoples Experience at Fort Edmonton Park as one of the many reasons to visit Edmonton and Alberta. 

Edmonton Arts Council received Cultural Planning Award of Excellence

Creative City Network of Canada awarded the Edmonton Arts Council and the City of Edmonton with a Cultural Planning Award of Excellence for the Connections & Exchanges: A 10-Year Plan To Transform Arts and Heritage In Edmonton. The Cultural Planning Award recognizes a Canadian municipality that has developed, adopted, and implemented an excellent Culture Plan with a process that demonstrates outstanding visionary leadership and best practices in cultural planning. 

Blatchford’s District Energy Sharing System wins Canadian Architect Award Of Excellence

Canadian Architect celebrates Blatchford’s District Energy Sharing System Sewage Heat Exchange with ‘The building’s striking form and the views it opens up to its inner functions celebrate urban infrastructure’s civic potential, while highlighting the impact of human daily living on the urban environment.’