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Young, smart and ready

Driven, resourceful, intelligent people. They're what every business relies on to succeed.

Ready to Succeed

As one of Canada’s youngest and fastest growing cities, we have a ready-to-go talent pool. Between 2011 and 2016, Edmonton’s population grew 13.9 per cent, nearly triple the overall Canadian growth rate. Edmonton’s average age of 37.7 makes it the third-youngest major centre in Canada. Not only young, but also ethnically diverse. Studies indicate that a diverse workforce is a creative one — and creativity helps businesses deliver innovative solutions and remain globally competitive.
A world leader in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning for decades, UAlberta continues to push research boundaries

95,000 enrolled in post-secondary each year

10,000 international students from 140 countries

More than 95,000 Students

Edmonton’s six public post-secondary institutions and numerous private training schools specialize in health, biotechnology, manufacturing, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
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University of Alberta

The University of Alberta (UAlberta) — the province’s flagship university — is a top five research university in Canada and a top 100 university in the world. In addition to specializing in engineering, health sciences, and business, the U of A is ranked third globally for Artificial Intelligence/ML research, ahead of places such as Stanford and MIT.


The Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) is focused on teaching skills necessary to have an immediate impact in the workforce and to meet the demands of Alberta’s industries. Not only does the polytechnic school boasts the largest apprenticeship training facility in Canada, but its hands-on simulation exercises are changing how training is delivered.

MacEwan University

MacEwan University provides student-centered instruction and contains the largest undergraduate Business School in Western Canada with specializations like accounting, management and decision sciences.

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A motivated workforce

Edmontonians are well-educated, with higher than average secondary (28.1%) and post-secondary (16.8%) education rates. The proportion of residents with an apprenticeship or trades diploma (9.8%) and postgraduate degrees (4.4% for Master’s and 1% for doctorates) are on par with the national average.

With the skills to match

A large portion of the population is employed in the Trades, Transport and Equipment Operators and Business (139,610) and Finance and Administration sectors (119,060); followed by Education, Law and Social, Community and Government Services (81,095), Management (79,110), Natural and Applied Sciences (54,915), and Health (54,335).

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