Potential


The Startup City That Creates Our Future Economy

Edmonton has huge potential. More than 90 per cent of our businesses are small and medium enterprises with the ingenuity and agility to solve problems in new ways. They are the job creators of our region.

We boast a wealth of globally-leading post-secondary institutions, making this city an academic powerhouse. With nearly 10 per cent of our population taking advantage of these institutions to ready themselves to fill the jobs of the future, we are actively creating some of the world’s best talent.

Unlocking our potential for today’s and future generations will take smart, deliberate decisions. As mayor, I will catalyze and leverage data about our city and utilise innovative technology to do things better — to create an Edmonton that works and moves forward faster. We are a city of starters and learners, and together, we can ignite our future economy.

We are a city worth investing in and here’s how we’ll get there:

  • The Alberta Economic Corridor - within my first 100 days of office I will work to establish a collaborative economic partnership, similar to Toronto-Waterloo, between Alberta’s two big cities, Edmonton and Calgary.

  • Ensure doing business in Edmonton is simple, by:
    • Immediately introducing a one-year suspension of business licensing fees for small and medium enterprises 
    • A commitment to a two-week turn around on development permits
    • Updated bylaws that allow for the use of unconventional spaces for winter/summer patios, and outdoor retail and hospitality
    • Two year tax freeze with a deliberate reassessment to look for opportunities to continue the freeze or reduce further.

  • Prioritizing and accelerating the Capital LRT line expansion to the Edmonton International Airport.
    • Advocating for the development of high-speed rail between Edmonton and Calgary

  • Delivering a clear return on investments for taxpayers by harmonizing the mandates and budgets of our Economic Development Agencies and ensuring they operate transparently.

  • Bolstering our resources and investments in Aksis -- taking meaningful action towards truth and reconciliation in our city’s lead indigenous economic development agency.

We are a Startup City and our city’s brand should reflect the incredible talent we have here. We have some of the best locally created restaurants, festivals, tech ventures and family-owned businesses. If you are a builder, doer, entrepreneur, maker —this is the city you want to be in.