Who We Are

We are the Edmonton Metropolitan Region — a diverse group with one common goal — to make the best decisions possible for the citizens of the area and the Region.  We are committed to working together as the Capital Region Board (CRB) to ensure long term economic prosperity and quality of life for all citizens of the region.

Our main functions, as decreed by the Government of Alberta, are to plan for and manage the growth of the region in a strategic, coordinated and integrated way that preserves the unique characteristics of each municipality while ensuring the long term sustainability and prosperity of the region as a whole.



What We Do

Planning for Growth

Our approach is set out in the Growth Plan, which is updated every five to eight years. The Growth Plan guides the efficient use of infrastructure and the building of compact communities to foster enhanced intermunicipal transit, healthy lifestyles and economic opportunities.

Managing Growth

We use the Regional Evaluation Framework (REF) to execute the Growth Plan.  Each member municipality submits its plans and plan amendments to the CRB for approval to ensure we remain aligned with the vision and goals that we collectively set.

By the Numbers

The Edmonton Metropolitan Region is made up of 24 diverse municipalities (5 cities, 11 towns and 3 villages in 5 counties) covering 11,993 square kilometers around Alberta’s provincial capital city.
  • Edmonton Metropolitan Region is the second fastest growing region in Canada
  • Population: 1.2 million (2016)
  • Jobs: 725,000 (30% of Alberta’s GDP) (2016)
  • By 2044 we will double in population to 2.2 million people and 1.2 million jobs

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Board Committees
The Advocacy & Monitoring Committee works with key government stakeholders including our members, MLAs and Government of Alberta departments to build support for the integrated Capital Region Growth Plan and ensure ongoing coordination and knowledge sharing.  

Terms of Reference

Committee Members
  • Mayor Greg KrischkeChair, Member at Large | City of Leduc
  • Mayor Don Iveson, Vice-Chair | City of Edmonton
  • Mayor Nolan CrouseCapital Region Board Chair | City of St. Albert (NON-VOTING)
  • Mayor Tom Flynn, Land Use & Planning Committee Chair | Sturgeon County
  • Mayor Camille Berube, Governance, Priorities & Finance Committee Chair | Town of Beaumont
  • Councillor Dwight Ganske, Housing Committee Chair | Town of Stony Plain
  • Councillor Wes BrodheadTransit Committee Chair | City of St. Albert
The Governance, Priorities & Finance Committee oversees the operations and financial performance of the Capital Region Board to ensure compliance with the Board’s legislation, regulation, corporate policies and bylaws.  
Committee Members
  • Mayor Camille Berube, Chair | Town of Beaumont
  • Councillor Phyllis Kobasiuk, Vice Chair | Parkland County
  • Councillor Michael Walters, Member | City of Edmonton
  • Councillor Glen Finstad, Member | City of Leduc
  • Councillor Tim Osborne, Member | City of St. Albert
  • Reeve Wayne Woldanski, Member | Lamont County
  • Councillor Karen Shaw, Member | Sturgeon County
  • Mayor Randy Boyd, Member | Town of Bon Accord
  • Mayor Wally Yachimetz, Member | Town of Calmar
  • Mayor Charlene Smylie, Member | Village of Wabamun
 
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The standing Housing Committee oversees the implementation and evolution of the Housing Plan through a policy framework that provides leadership in the development of housing to meet the needs of the region. The Housing Committee collaborates with the other committees and task forces of the CRB to ensure coordination and integration and the achievement of all strategic priorities of the Growth Plan.

Terms of Reference

Committee Members
  • Councillor Dwight Ganske, Chair | Parkland (Town of Stony Plain)
  • Councillor Ed Gibbons, Vice-Chair  | Edmonton (City of Edmonton)
  • Councillor Carla Howatt, Member | Strathcona/Fort Saskatchewan (Strathcona County)
  • Mayor Mel Smith, Member | Sturgeon (Town of Redwater)
  • Mayor Ralph van Assen, Member | Leduc (Village of Warburg)
  • Councillor Dan Warawa, Member | Lamont (Lamont County)

The standing Land Use Planning Committee provides leadership in the development of integrated land use policy and planning through a policy framework and provides advice to the CRB for municipalities implementing regional Land Use Plan policies at the municipal level. This committee also provides oversight and guidance to the Energy Corridors Task Force.

Terms of Reference

Committee Members
  • Mayor Tom Flynn, Chair  | Sturgeon County
  • Mayor Rod Shaigec, Vice Chair  | Parkland County
  • Councillor Ed Gibbons, Member  | City of Edmonton
  • Mayor Gale Katchur, Member  | City of Fort Saskatchewan
  • Councillor David MacKenzie, Member  | City of Leduc
  • Councillor Clay Stumph, Member  | Leduc County
  • Councillor Patricia Lee, Member  | Town of Bruderheim
  • Councillor Amber Harris, Member  | Town of Gibbons
  • Councillor Barry Turner, Member  | Town of Morinville
  • Councillor Dwight Ganske, Member  | Town of Stony Plain
  • Councillor Lloyd Jardine, Member | Village of Thorsby

The standing Transit Committee provides leadership and strategic oversight for regional transit projects to support the implementation of the Intermunicipal Transit Network Plan. This includes ensuring transit plans are incorporated into the regional highway plans and that various studies, projects policy frameworks and measurement tools support effective management of public transit and special transit services for persons with disabilities.

Terms of Reference

Committee Members
  • Councillor Wes Brodhead, Chair | City of St. Albert
  • Councillor Michael Walters, Vice-Chair  | City of Edmonton
  • Mayor Gale Katchur, Member | City of Fort Saskatchewan
  • Councillor Dana Smith, Member  | City of Leduc
  • Alderman Searle Turton, Member  | City of Spruce Grove
  • Councillor Dave Anderson, Member  | Strathcona County
  • Councillor Susan Evans, Member  | Sturgeon County

The Capital Region Board employs a small Administration staff made up of technical experts and other support staff.

General Enquiries
Tel: 780-638-6000
Email: info@capitalregionboard.ab.ca
 
Nolan Crouse, Chair CRB
Tel:780-638-6000
Email:
 
Malcolm Bruce, CEO
Tel:780-638-6002
Email: mbruce@capitalregionboard.ab.ca
 
Sharon Shuya,
Manager, Regional Projects Growth Plan 
Tel:780-638-6004
Email: sshuya@capitalregionboard.ab.ca
 
Neal Sarnecki, Manager,
Regional Projects Land Use and Transit
Tel:780-638-6003
Email: nsarnecki@capitalregionboard.ab.ca
 
Stephanie Chai,
Manager, Regional Projects Housing
Tel:780-638-6007
Email: schai@capitalregionboard.ab.ca
 
Media Contact
Loreen Lennon, Communications Manager
Tel:780-638-6008
Email: llennon@capitalregionboard.ab.ca
Brandt Denham, GIS Coordinator 
Tel: 780-638-
bdenham@capitalregionboard.ab.ca
 
 

Capital Region Board Members

In addition to the elected officials above, a non-voting Government of Alberta appointee also sits on the Board.  The Government of Alberta has also appointed representatives to the committees of the Board to enhance communication and cooperation between the Board and province.

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Committees, Task Forces and Administration

See all agendas and minutes in Documents and Resources 
Task Forces

A long term plan cannot be a static document and the 30-year CRB Growth Plan for the CRB is no exception. The update to the 2010 Growth Plan began in 2014 when the Growth Plan Task Force was struck. Over 30 months the Task Force worked through that plan's successes and learnings to update and enhance the next generation of Growth Plan. The resulting Edmonton Metropolitan Region Growth Plan was approved by the Board on October 13, 2016 and delivered to the Province on October 19, 2016, thus completing the Task Force's mandate. Updates to the new plan will begin in two-five years in order to address changing conditions, incorporate new ideas, and capitalize on experience of implementing this new plan to make course corrections for improvement as required.

The Board thanks the Task Force members for their service and dedication to the creating the best future for all Regional residents.


Task Force Members
  • Mayor Roxanne Carr, Chair | Strathcona County
  • Mayor Lisa Holmes, Vice-Chair | Town of Morinville
  • Mayor Don Iveson, Member |City of Edmonton
  • Mayor Gale Katchur, Member| City of Fort Saskatchewan
  • Councillor Cathy Heron, Member | City of St. Albert
  • Councillor John Schonewille, Member | Leduc County
  • Mayor Ralph van Assen, Member | Village of Warburg

History

On April 15, 2008, the Government of Alberta recognized what we now call the Edmonton Metropolitan Region  when it created the Capital Region Board (CRB) to prepare a growth plan for the area.  

Established under the Capital Region Board Regulation 38/2012 under the Municipal Government Act, the CRB is a non-profit corporation consisting of 24 elected officials (Mayors and Council members) from each of the region’s member municipalities.
 

The CRB was mandated to guide the municipalities of the region in developing a long term, integrated management plan to support global competitiveness and sustained economic growth with particular attention to the economic, social and environmental impacts on all region residents.
 
The initial and current growth plan, entitled ‘Growing Forward’, was approved by the Province on March 11, 2010. Growing Forward outlines how member municipalities can establish regional partnerships in priority areas for growth, recognizing the positive benefits of shared development, infrastructure and policy frameworks. Four priority areas were initially identified:
  • Land use
  • Intermunicipal transit
  • Housing
  • Geographic information services (GIS)

In 2015 the Board’s Growth Plan Update Task Force developed a 50-year Vision for the Region, which began the shift from usage of "Capital Region" to the more apt ‘Edmonton Metropolitan Region’,
 
For the purposes of the Alberta Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and Alberta Capital Finance Authority Act, the CRB is deemed to be a regional services commission.