Edmonton Capital Region

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Edmonton Capital Region
Metropolitan area
Edmonton skyline
Edmonton skyline
Coordinates: 53°34′N 113°31′W / 53.567°N 113.517°W / 53.567; -113.517Coordinates: 53°34′N 113°31′W / 53.567°N 113.517°W / 53.567; -113.517
Country  Canada
Province  Alberta
Area (2011)[1]
 • Total 9,426.73 km2 (3,639.68 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • CMA 1,159,869
 • CMA density 123.0/km2 (319/sq mi)
Time zone MST (UTC-7)
 • Summer (DST) MDT (UTC-6)
Area code(s) 780, 587

The Edmonton Capital Region (ECR), 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 ECR'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 Capital Region Board administrative purposes.[2]

The ECR 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 ECR is the northernmost metropolitan area in Canada.

Edmonton CMA[edit]

Edmonton
Capital
Region
Alberta Regions

The Edmonton CMA includes the following 35 census subdivisions (municipalities or municipality equivalents):[3]

The Edmonton CMA is the largest CMA in Canada by area at 9,426.73 km2 (3,639.68 sq mi).[1] In the 2011 Census, it had a population of 1,159,869, making it the sixth largest CMA in Canada by population.[1] The Edmonton CMA comprises the majority of Statistics Canada's Division No. 11 in Alberta.

Capital Region Board[edit]

A fragmentation in regional cooperation and partnership has long played a divisive role within the ECR. 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.[4] Four months later, the Capital Region Board (CRB) was formed with the passing of the Capital Region Board Regulation by Order in Council 127/2008 under the authority of the Municipal Government Act.[5]

Member municipalities[edit]

The CRB was originally established with 25 participating or member municipalities[6] – 23 of which were within the Edmonton CMA and two of which were outside the CMA (Lamont County and the Town of Lamont).[2] The number of member municipalities was reduced to 24 on September 10, 2010[7] after the Village of New Sarepta dissolved to hamlet status under the jurisdiction of Leduc County on September 1, 2010.[8]

Of the 35 census subdivisions within the Edmonton CMA,[3] the Village of Spring Lake, the eight summer villages and four Indian reserves are not members of the CRB.[2] Also, despite Bruderheim and Lamont being urban municipalities within Lamont County that are members of the CRB, the remaining urban municipalities within Lamont County - the Town of Mundare and the villages of Andrew and Chipman – are not members of the CRB.[2]

More specifically, the CRB includes:[9]

  • five cities (Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, St. Albert, and Spruce Grove);
  • one specialized municipality (Strathcona County, which includes the Sherwood Park urban service area);
  • four municipal districts (Lamont County, Leduc County, Parkland County, and Sturgeon County);
  • eleven towns (Beaumont, Bon Accord, Bruderheim, Calmar, Devon, Gibbons, Lamont, Legal, Morinville, Redwater, and Stony Plain); and
  • three villages (Thorsby, Wabamun, and Warburg).

Capital Region Growth Plan[edit]

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.[10] 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.[10]

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.[11] The CRGP also designates priority growth areas and cluster country residential areas within the Capital Region.[12]

List of municipalities[edit]

St. Albert
Sherwood Park
Fort Saskatchewan
Morinville

The following is a list of municipalities in the Edmonton Capital Region, all of which are also within the Edmonton CMA. Those municipalities that are within the region and are members of the CRB are indicated accordingly. CRB members that are proximate to, yet located outside of, the Edmonton Capital Region, such as the Town of Lamont and Lamont County, are not listed as they are located within the neighbouring region of central Alberta.

Municipality Municipal
status [13]
Federal
census
population
(2011) [14]
Latest
municipal
census
population
(2007-2011) [15]
Latest
municipal
census
year [15]
CRB
member [9]
Alexander 134 Indian reserve 1,027 997 2009
Beaumont Town 13,284 13,287 2011 Y
Betula Beach Summer village 10
Bon Accord Town 1,488 Y
Bruderheim Town 1,155 Y
Calmar Town 1,970 2,033 2009 Y
Devon Town 6,510 6,534 2009 Y
Edmonton City 812,201 782,439 2009 Y
Fort Saskatchewan City 19,051 18,653 2010 Y
Gibbons Town 3,030 2,848 2007 Y
Golden Days Summer village 141
Itaska Beach Summer village 20
Kapasiwin Summer village 10 15 2009
Lakeview Summer village 26
Leduc City 24,279 24,139 2011 Y
Leduc County Municipal district 13,541 Y
Legal Town 1,225 Y
Morinville Town 8,569 8,504 2011 Y
Parkland County Municipal district 30,568 30,089 2009 Y
Point Alison Summer village 15 6 2010
Redwater Town 1,915 Y
Seba Beach Summer village 143
Spring Lake Village 533
Spruce Grove City 26,171 24,646 2010 Y
St. Albert City 61,466 60,138 2010 Y
Stony Plain Town 15,051 14,177 2010 Y
Stony Plain 135 Indian reserve 987 1,554 2009
Strathcona County Specialized municipality 92,490 87,998 [1] 2009 Y
Sturgeon County Municipal district 19,578 19,165 2008 Y
Sundance Beach Summer village 82
Thorsby Village 797 988 2010 Y
Wabamun Village 661 662 2009 Y
Wabamun 133A and 133B Indian reserve 1,086 [2] 1,293 2009
Warburg Village 789 696 2009 Y
Total Edmonton CMA 1,159,869
  • ^ Strathcona County's 2011 population of 92,490 includes 64,733 in the Sherwood Park urban service area.[16]
  • ^ The combined Wabamun 133A and 133B population of 1,086 includes 1,069 in Wabamun 133A and 17 in Wabamun 133B.[14]

Major industrial areas[edit]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Population and dwelling counts, for census metropolitan areas, 2011 and 2006 censuses". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Fact Sheet: Geographic Profile". Capital Region Board. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  3. ^ a b "Census Profile – Geographic hierarchy: Edmonton (Census metropolitan area)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  4. ^ Archie McLean and Susan Ruttan (2007-12-19). "Mayor "elated" by new regional planning board". Edmonton Journal. Retrieved 2008-01-09. ,
  5. ^ "Order in Council 127/2008". Alberta Queen's Printer. 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2009-12-24. 
  6. ^ "Order in Council (O.C.) 66/2010". Province of Alberta. 2010-03-15. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  7. ^ "Order in Council (O.C.) 316/2010". Province of Alberta. 2010-03-15. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  8. ^ "Order in Council (O.C.) 230/2010". Alberta Queen's Printer. Retrieved 2010-07-15. 
  9. ^ a b "Capital Region Board Members". Capital Region Board. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  10. ^ a b "Capital Region Board". Capital Region Board. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  11. ^ "The Capital Region Growth Plan Addendum". Capital Region Board. December 2009. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  12. ^ "The Capital Region Growth Plan Addendum". Capital Region Board. October 2009. Retrieved 2012-01-21. 
  13. ^ "2010 Municipal Codes". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2010-04-01. Retrieved 2010-09-03. 
  14. ^ a b "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-02-13. 
  15. ^ a b "2011 Municipal Affairs Population List". Alberta Municipal Affairs. 2010-10-05. Retrieved 2012-12-19. 
  16. ^ "Strathcona County experiences double-digit growth". Strathcona County. 2012-02-09. Retrieved 2012-02-10. 

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