Why is Edmonton Canada’s Health City?

Established Assets

The Edmonton ecosystem has a range of assets in the health innovation space. This includes Canada’s largest integrated health system and a readiness to diversify the economy; researchers and entrepreneurs who have created and will create new products, devices and system innovations; and a willingness to take risks in order to drive growth.

Intellectual Edge

Thanks to a strong network of six post-secondary institutions, Edmonton has one of the largest pools of highly skilled talent in the country, and each plays an integral part in delivering innovative care, engaging in world-class research and commercializing new technologies.

Strong Partnerships in Place

Significant alignment and momentum has been created among key partners in Edmonton’s health innovation ecosystem. This is marked by the collective vision and common goals emerging from across the public, private, not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors, and leveraging investments by these partners in the system.

A legacy of innovation

Edmonton continues to punch well above its weight when it comes to health innovation. Read just small sample of the big stories coming out of our city.

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Developed oxygen delivery using solar power, for children in low-income countries.

Department of Pediatrics
One of Canada's leading academic health centres for pediatric specialty and subspecialty education a...

Discovered the Nodal protein as a key identifier in treating ovarian cancer.

Department of Oncology, University of Alberta
A clinical and basic sciences department created in 1993 that provides a focus for cancer-related te...

Discovered that infants can safely receive heart transplants from donors with mismatched blood groups

Alberta Transplant Institute
A multidisciplinary, virtual institute improving transplantation and donation in Alberta, and achiev...

Directory

Our list of connected businesses, suppliers, and associated institutions that help to advance health technologies.

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Partners

Meet our partners who have laid the foundation for Health City and helped to get the initiative started.

See who is involved

#YEGinnovates

Companies and individuals in our city that are making a difference in the world through the advancement of medical and health technology.

Featured Innovations

The Initiative

Created to help you navigate the health innovation sector in Edmonton, find business development opportunities and engage with relevant stakeholders.

How it works

Our Economic Cluster

We have a concentration of interconnected businesses, suppliers, and associated institutions that increase the ability for companies to compete, nationally and globally.

A Supportive Policy Environment

Our partners are committed to a policy environment that accelerates the development and growth of health innovation along the continuum, from discovery through to commercialization and application.

Venture Capital and Finance

We’re focused on building better companies and accelerating their access to finance, capital, and institutional investment.

Life in Edmonton

Edmonton, Alberta is Canada’s youngest and fastest-growing metropolitan city. Here, you’ll find an innovative spirit and world class education system, paired with a family-focused lifestyle – there is no place we would rather call home. From the first snowfall magically covering our vast River Valley to the late night summer sunsets, Edmonton isn’t where we have to be, it is where we want to be. #yeg

#MadeinYeg

Maintaining our ever growing local economy is important to Edmontonians. Whether that means grabbing brunch at a locally owned restaurant, stopping by the 104 Street Market or shopping at one of the many locally owned boutiques, “Made in Yeg” is loud and proud.

Daily Life

In Edmonton, a positive work-life balance is nearly as important as cheering on the Oilers. We make time for neighbours, family and friends and by the time the next long weekend rolls around, we are ready to head to one of our many festivals, out to the cottage, or even out of town to the easily accessible and beautiful Rocky Mountains.