Here’s the latest on a wide range of innovation in the Edmonton region.

Edmonton moves higher in latest tech talent ranking

Edmonton has moved up three spots from last year to place 35th on CBRE’s Scoring Tech Talent report, based on an analysis of labour market conditions, cost, and quality of highly skilled tech workers in North America. It ranked seventh among Canadian locations.

Last year’s score of 33.64 overall improved to 38.72 overall in 2022. CBRE reports total tech employment in Edmonton of 32,400 in 2021, with an average wage of $90,293. Growth from 2016 to 2021 was 39.7% for employment and 4.8% for wages. Edmonton provides some of the best value when it comes to cost and quality of tech talent, according to CBRE.

Edmonton appears to be well-positioned for additional growth in future years, with a 34.69% increase in tech-related degree completions over that same five-year period. The city also had the second-highest growth in the Gen Z population, at 9%.

CBRE said Edmonton was among the most affordable places in North America to operate a tech company based on rent and salaries, behind only Quebec City, Montreal, and Toronto.

There are about one million tech workers in Canada which accounts for 6.4% of the country’s total workforce, CBRE said.

Funding & Support for Entrepreneurship

  • The Government of Alberta is providing $1.8M in funding for Innovate Edmonton’s Capital City Pilots project. This funding builds on previous investments made by other key project partners, including the City of Edmonton and Prairies Economic Development Canada (PrairiesCan).
  • Applications are due by July 31 for the next cohort of the TELUS Community Safety & Wellness Accelerator, which begins Sept.1.
  • Applications are open until Aug. 12 for the Great Prairies Pitch Marathon, a “show and tell” showcase of startups from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. The event takes place online on Aug.18, followed by after-parties in Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Saskatoon, and Winnipeg.
  • Startup Edmonton is accepting applications for Propel, its 12-week pre-accelerator program, until Aug. 16.
  • Leduc County has received more than $1 million from PrairiesCan to convert the Nisku Recreation Centre into a centralized space to provide programming for businesses and entrepreneurs, with a plan to gather data for a longer-term redevelopment of the centre. “With this funding from the Government of Canada, we have an incredible opportunity to develop a space to support some smaller enterprises within emerging industry sectors,” Mayor Tanni Doblanko said in a release. The funding comes from the Canada Coal Transition Initiative.


Climate Emergency & CleanTech

Digital Inclusion & Education

Food Security & AgTech

Public Health

Social Impact

  1. Twin brothers from Edmonton have received the Diana Award, an honour bestowed in memory of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, to young people who have inspired others to serve their communities and create global change. Peter Anto Johnson and John Christy Johnson, 25, are third-year medical students at the University of Alberta. Peter is in pediatrics, and John is in biomedical engineering.

Arts & Culture

Bits & Pieces

  • Future Fields celebrated Co-Founder and COO Jalene Anderson-Baron’s win at the Alberta Business Awards of Distinction, where she received the Woman Entrepreneur Award from the Alberta Chambers of Commerce.
  • It needs to be “easier, faster and more convenient to do business in Edmonton,” Mayor Amarjeet Sohi wrote in an op-ed, noting that the city is working on an integrated application process to make it easier for businesses to access the services they need based on what they want to open. “I want to build a city where business owners view the city as a competitive location, and the city government as a reliable collaborator and a fair regulator,” he said.

Other Mentions

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