The City Plan charts how we will build our future city to a population of two million people. It describes the choices we will make about how we build and move around the city. It is a plan for how, together, we will adapt, prosper and succeed as we grow from a big small city to a small big city.  
February 12, 2019 - Today, the Big City Moves were received by the Urban Planning Committee for information. These five Big City Moves invite Edmontonians to work together to build our future city. The City Plan is an important initiative for Edmonton, and represents a once in a generation effort to comprehensively plan for our future.

The five Big City Moves were developed using public and stakeholder engagement, current policy and strategic direction and technical studies. The Big City Moves are foundational in the next steps in our project, conducting modelling and developing scenarios.

The Big City Moves are:


"The City Plan is about being deliberate and intentional. It is a growth strategy, an investment plan, and it’s Edmonton’s calling card."
- Kalen Anderson, Director of The City Plan
Urban Planning Committee, February 12, 2019


Greener As We Grow

is about creating a city that is dedicated to preserving and protecting the environment through good design and conscious development decisions.


Rebuildable City

is about working with what we have today and continuously adapting and re-imagining our built environment to meet the needs of the future. Edmonton actively enables redevelopment.

Community of Communities

is about building connections to welcome new residents and developing housing, recreation and employment centres that are within reach.


Inclusive and Compassionate

is city-making that supports human-centred design where people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities can not only survive, but thrive.


Catalyze and Converge

is about developing new physical and economic opportunities for ideas, talent and investment to come together.


Big City Moves
City Plan Website
Urban Planning Committee Agenda - Item 6.2


The City Plan is an evidence-based plan. In the preparation of the plan we will be completing research, modelling and scenario development. As this work is completed over the next 12 months, we will publish it to The City Plan website. Today, you can take a look at the first deliverable from the Mass Transit Study. This work continues and it is expected a final report will be published in Fall 2019. There is also work advancing on a market study and costing assessment related to a draft city concept. 

Through the Edmonton Insight Community, The City Plan will be delivering a survey asking residents more about what it would mean to implement the Big City Moves. The survey will come out in March. If you would like to participate in the survey, join the Edmonton Insight Community.

The City Plan is halfway through Phase III of the project. Our next project milestone is the Urban Planning Committee meeting in September 2019. The completed City Plan is anticipated to be brought forward to public hearing in May 2020. 

Full size version of the project timeline.


In 2016, according to federal census data, 48,550 low income renter households in Edmonton spent more than 30 percent of their annual before-tax income on housing costs, meaning they were experiencing significant housing affordability challenges. Of these households, 22,350 spent more than 50 percent of their household income on housing.
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