News & Highlights



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



City wins three Transportation Association of Canada awards

The City received awards three Transportation Association of Canada (TAC) awards: 

  • TAC Road Safety Achievement Award for its Speed Limit Reduction Initiative (part of Vision Zero), which reduced the default speed limit in Edmonton from 50 km/h to 40 km/h. 

  • Climate Action Achievement Award for Strathcona Neighbourhood Renewal and Garneau Neighbourhood Renewal projects for the efforts to mitigate emissions from traditional modes of transportation.

  • Young Transportation Professional Award for Project Engineer Maggie Boeske for her work on The Bike Plan, The City Plan, Safe Mobility Strategy and updates to the Complete Streets Design and Construction standards. 

WNBA Canada Game in Edmonton

The Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) played the second WNBA Canada Game featuring the Los Angeles Sparks and the Seattle Storm in a preseason game on Sunday, May 5, 2024, at Rogers Place in Edmonton. 

Edmonton region recognized for housing reform

In the latest episode of Oh the Urbanity!, Edmonton was recognized as "maybe the most forward-thinking city for housing reform in North America.” The episode highlights the city’s initiatives to boost infill housing, build affordable and energy-efficient housing and its recent changes to zoning to encourage more density.

2024 Canadian Country Music Association Awards are coming back to Edmonton

The Canadian Country Music Association announced that Country Music Week 2024 and the 2024 CCMA Awards presented by TD will return to Edmonton in September to celebrate Canada’s biggest night in country music.

Ben Stelter Foundation announces Canada’s first proton therapy centre in Edmonton

The Edmonton region is getting Canada’s first proton therapy treatment centre, named in honour Edmonton Oilers superfan, Ben Stelter, who died of cancer in 2022. The Ben Stelter Centre for Proton Therapy and Neuroscience will be built by WestCan Proton Therapy Inc. The $120-million facility will create more than 250 jobs during construction and is expected to have 100 permanent positions once complete. The cutting-edge facility will improve patient outcomes and further positions the Edmonton region as a hub for health technology and research.



Edmonton recognized for cleantech industry in global rankings

Edmonton is one of the cleantech ‘ecosystems to watch’ in North America according to a report presented at COP28, the United Nations annual climate change conference. The Global Startup Ecosystem Report Climatetech Edition report, from Startup Genome, a worldwide policy advisory and research organization that collaborates among others with Canadian companies.

Edmonton Valley Zoo receives multiple national awards for conservation excellence

The Edmonton Valley Zoo is being recognized nationally in conservation and environmental stewardship by protecting the natural environment and helping mitigate climate change. The zoo won three awards at Canada’s Accredited Zoos and Aquariums’ 2023 Annual Awards of Excellence. 

Edmonton named Climate Action Leader on CDP A List

Edmonton has been recognized by the Carbon Disclosure Project as one of 120 cities across the globe that is taking bold leadership on environmental action and transparency, despite the pressures of a challenging global economic situation.

Valley Line Southeast LRT Opens

As the first completely new transit line to open in western Canada in a generation, the Valley Line Southeast LRT provides more accessible, convenient and sustainable travel options for Edmontonians. The 13 km connects Downtown to Mill Woods and features 11 street-level stops, the new Tawatinâ Bridge across North Saskatchewan River and an interchange point at Churchill Square to access the existing Metro and Capital LRT lines.

NHL Heritage Classic returns to Commonwealth Stadium 

Twenty years after Edmonton hosted the first regular-season outdoor game, the 2023 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic returned to feature the Battle of Alberta. A sellout crowd of 55,411 fans saw the Edmonton Oilers beat the Calgary Flames, as well as performances by Alberta musicians Rural Alberta Advantage, Brett Kissel and Nickelback.

Edmonton ranked second in Canada for sports events

In the 2023 BCW Sports City Ranking, Edmonton ranked second in Canada and 38th globally among cities closely associated with sports. The city's success can be attributed to hosting events, such as the PTO Canadian Open, FIFA Qualifier games, and the FIS Big Air World Cup.

The Style Experience FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup wins Sport Tourism Canada PRESTIGE Award 

The Style Experience FIS Snowboard Big Air World Cup, held in December 2022 at Commonwealth Stadium, received the Sport Event Sponsorship Initiative of the Year Award at Sport Tourism Canada’s PRESTIGE Awards. This esteemed award honours the exceptional collaboration between companies, organizations, agencies, and individuals that significantly contributed to the outstanding success of a national or international sports event held in Canada between 2020 and 2022. 

Edmonton is Leading the Way in the Emerging Hydrogen Sector 

Hydrogen has the power to help us reduce carbon emissions while ensuring Edmonton prospers through investment and jobs that come with the growth of the green economy. Projects in Edmonton are underway to test hydrogen technology in the area of transportation, putting our region in the spotlight for leading innovation and investment in the growing hydrogen sector. Learn more.

Art Gallery of Alberta Wins Award for Outstanding Achievement in Exhibitions

The Canadian Museums Association awarded Edmonton's Art Gallery of Alberta with the Award for Outstanding Achievement: Exhibitions for their 2022 exhibition Scents of Movement, Scents of Place. The artist collaboration Sans façon and the artist Brian Goeltzenleuchter recreated scents from specific times and places in people’s lives.

Edmonton on Forbes 23 Best Places to Travel Around the World in 2023

Edmonton is included on Forbes 23 best places to travel around the world in 2023, where they celebrate our city as a vibrant urban center in the heart of the wilderness, with up to 18 hours of sunshine in the summer. The city’s creative culinary options, exploding craft beer scene and diverse Indigenous experiences are also mentioned.

Tawatinâ Bridge artist David Garneau Wins Governor General’s Award

Métis painter, curator, and critical art writer David Garneau won a 2023 Governor General’s Award for Outstanding Contribution in Visual and Media Arts. The Tawatinâ Bridge shared-use pathway features over 500 paintings of the River Valley’s flora and fauna, and the First Nations, Métis, and settler histories of the area.

The JUNO Awards return to Edmonton

In March 2023, Edmonton hosted the 52nd annual JUNO Awards, Canada’s largest celebration of music, at Rogers Place. Highlights were a spotlight on the 50th anniversary of hip hop and Alberta’s own Nickelback’s induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.

Blatchford named Best New Community in Canada 

Blatchford was recently awarded Best New Community at both the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) National and Edmonton Region Awards. The award category recognizes excellence in performance by developer and home builder members who create attractive, exciting, innovative and environmentally responsible communities.

Edmonton ranked first in Canada in housing affordability and supply study 

Edmonton received top marks in the Canadian Home Builders’ Association Municipal Benchmarking, 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. 



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.’