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Health + Life Sciences

Edmonton: Canada's Health City

Home to Canada's largest integrated healthcare system and numerous globally recognized research institutes, Edmonton is committed to being Canada's preeminent Health City.
Alberta Legislature

Canada's Health City

In April 2016 the City of Edmonton announced a new initiative to prioritize health innovation and build Edmonton as “Canada’s Health City”. The strategy aims to: create an ecosystem that attracts, retains and supports health-related talent; increases access to capital for health-related projects; and accelerates commercialization of health technology and research created in Edmonton.

Largest Integrated Healthcare System in Canada

With Alberta Health Services (AHS) headquartered here, Edmonton is a strategic location for health-related companies to locate. AHS is Canada’s first and largest province-wide, fully-integrated health system, responsible for delivering health services to the over 4.3 million people living in Alberta with an annual operating budget of $15.4 billion.

The total healthcare expenditure in Alberta was $20.6 billion in 2020. This equated to $5,077 per person annually.

Our City is Home to:

45 per cent

of all Albertan Life Science companies

2nd Highest

healthcare spending in the country

19 Different

specialized health programs at the University of Alberta

Edmonton’s economy, talented workforce, significant military presence, unified healthcare infrastructure & government investment is an ideal landscape, positioning the region as an industry leader.
Dennis Filips Founder & President, iTraumaCare
VR Health Program

Groundbreaking Research

Edmonton has several specialized hospitals and leading health research institutes. The majority of these are connected to the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, a top-100 ranked global medical school that has 19 different departments offering degrees at the master’s and PhD level.

The University of Alberta’s research specialties include cardiology, virology, oncology, and organ transplantation.

Medical Device Commercialization

Overall, Edmonton is a centre for medical device research and commercialization. The presence of AHS provides an incredible advantage for companies looking to test their products in a fully-integrated and data rich market.

Additionally, Edmonton has many important assets set up to assist entrepreneurs in this industry, including TEC Edmonton’s Health Accelerator (ranked as the top business incubator in North America), the Edmonton Research Park, and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Research, Innovation & Technology Hub.

Renowned Health Facilities

Some of Edmonton's many internationally recognized facilities include:
  • Alberta Transplant Institute
  • Cross Cancer Institute
  • Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology
  • SMART Network at the University of Alberta
  • Stollery Children's Hospital

Success Stories

Health & Life Sciences

Technology will make your doctor more human again

In April, SingularityU Canada brought two days of forward thinking to Edmonton. Some of the brightest minds in the world presented a vision for the future that embraced exponential technologies — from artificial intelligence to cellular agriculture to blockchain.
Philip Edgcumbe Day 2
Success Stories
Health & Life Sciences

Primed Medical Products



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