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Edmonton is the major supply and service centre for northern communities and resource industries as well as the gateway to the thriving Western Canadian market of over 10 million people.

It leads real GDP growth of any major metropolitan area in Canada and is positioned as the transportation hub for moving goods into Western Canada and moving products out to North American and Asian markets.

Edmonton is well serviced by professionals in the logistics sector.

Alberta offers an integrated approach to transporting goods and services. Alberta’s transportation and warehousing sector contributes nearly $11.2 billion annually to the Alberta economy and employs more than 105,000 people. (Government of Alberta: Logistics and Market Access)

An excerpt to the Guide to Edmonton's Industrial Assets - Transportation and Logistics Opportunities in Edmonton - provides more details on the opportunities, resources and the competitive advantages of locating your business in Edmonton.

Trucking Highlights

  • Alberta has a modern network of 31,000 kilometres of highways that reach north to key resource locations, south to major export markets and west to coastal ports.
  • More than 20,000 trucking firms move 60% of all freight within the province.
  • Trucking moves nearly 30% of all non-pipeline international exports, valued at approximately $7 billion.
  • Rapid economic growth over the last 10 years has led to a 46% increase in heavy truck registrations in Alberta.
  • Alberta’s industry is world renowned for its expertise in the movement of over-dimensional and overweight cargo.
  • Significant growth in population and economic activity creates more consumer and industrial trucking demand. (City of Edmonton: Municipal Census; Economic Outlook 2012-2013

Other Transportation Highlights

Edmonton's Sector Highlights
  • CN and CP (Class 1 transcontinental rail carriers) move over 20% of Alberta’s export shipments valued at $19 billion over their Alberta network to key ports and markets
  • Within the Greater Edmonton area, the railways offer 16 rail intermodal and storage facilities with the capacity to move bulk commodities and containers
  • CN’s Walker Yard:
    • is located in north Edmonton bordering on the Yellowhead Highway and Anthony Henday Drive,
    • extends 50 blocks and is one of Western Canada’s largest rail yards,
    • employs 1,600 skilled workers,
    • handles an average of 3,000 rail cars/ day and operate around the clock,
    • southern terminal for rail service to Fort McMurray, and
    • first major urban supply centre along the northern line from the port at Prince Rupert, Canada’s closest deep water port to Asia.
  • CP Southside Intermodal Facility:
    • currently being relocated to a further south Edmonton location,
    • will be located on a 240-acre site closer to the Edmonton International Airport, providing easy access to Highway 2 south,
    • will offer expanded capacity and state-of-the-art facilities, and
    • is targeted for completion in 2014.
Edmonton Companies
  • Air Canada Cargo
  • CN Rail
  • CP Rail
  • FedEx
  • Katoen Natie
  • Mammoet Canada Western Ltd.
  • MTE Logistix Edmonton Inc.
  • Reimer Express Lines
  • Westcan Bulk Transport
Hoovers Database January 2012

For More Information

Ken Mamczasz, P.Eng.

Economic Investment and Development
Regional and Economic Development
9th Floor, Edmonton Tower
10111-104 Avenue NW
Edmonton, AB T5J 0J4

Title Director, Economic Investment & Development



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