Capital Region

The Alberta Government recognizes that a balance between industrial development, population growth and environmental management is critical to achieving long-term prosperity throughout the province. The cumulative effects management approach was officially adopted in 2007 to ensure that the effects of development are managed responsibly and Albertans are assured that regional and industrial development does not come at the expense of the environment.

This approach aligns with the Alberta Government’s Integrated Resource System which sets and achieves the environmental, economic and social outcomes Albertans expect from resource development while maintaining the social licence to develop resources.

The Capital Region and Industrial Heartland is home to world-scale refining of oil and gas, chemical, and petrochemical facilities and is a region of significant potential for new investment opportunities in the energy and manufacturing sectors.

  • Over $25 billion has been invested in new and expanding facilities with the Heartland region and another $18 to 24 billion is expected over the next 15 years.
  • The population of the Capital Region is expected to grow to over 1.7 million people in the next 35 years.

The Capital Region, in the context of cumulative effects management, is defined as the area including Capital Region Board, which represents 24 municipalities surrounding the City of Edmonton, and Elk Island National Park, as shown by the black border in the figure below.

  • Within the Capital Region, the Industrial Heartland is an area of 582 square kilometres (shown by the brown line in the figure below) zoned for heavy industrial development.
  • The Devon to Pakan reach of the North Saskatchewan River, which is the water management framework boundary, is shown by the blue line in the figure below.

Each boundary represents scope and scale of the management frameworks in the region.

Implementing Cumulative Effects Management Within the Industrial Heartland and Capital Region

Find technical reports, factsheets and related web resources for Alberta’s Capital Region air and water quality environmental frameworks. These frameworks form the foundation for implementing cumulative effects management in the Capital Region and Industrial Heartland.


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Updated: Sep 21, 2018