Edmonton is the capital of the Canadian province of Alberta and is the province's second-largest city. Edmonton is the major economic centre for northern and central Alberta and a major centre for the oil and gas industry. Despite the focus on oil and gas, Edmonton's economy is one of the most diverse in Canada with strong industrial, technology, biotech, research and education sectors. Canada is in Northern North America, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean on the east, North Pacific Ocean on the west, and the Arctic Ocean on the north, north of the USA. Varies from temperate in south to subarctic and arctic in north. Mostly plains with mountains in west and lowlands in southeast. The official languages are English and French. All government documents and information services are available in both. English remains the dominant language in every province except Québec. There is also a sizeable francophone community in New Brunswick, which is the country's sole officially bilingual province. Canadian French is different from European French, but they are mutually intelligible. Given Canada's multicultural population, many other languages are spoken in the major cities, especially Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Russian, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. The main religion is Christianity. The economy of Canada is one of the world's wealthiest, with a high per-capita income, and it is a member of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the G8. It is one of the world's top ten trading nations. The security risk for expatriates in Canada is low. Risks include petty street crime mainly in low income neighbourhoods of major cities, as well as of terrorism. The population in Edmonton is 1.04 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 2.4% (2014 est.).
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates in Edmonton as at 1 January 2015 is high in comparison to other places in the world. In Edmonton, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average in USD, is categorized follows: 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: High 2) Clothing: High 3) Communication: High 4) Education: Very Low 5) Furniture & Appliances: High 6) Groceries: Very High 7) Healthcare: High 8) Household Accommodation: High 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: Very High 11) Recreation & Culture: High 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Very High 13) Transport: Very High Edmonton is for example 31.4% more expensive than Montevideo for groceries, 10.7% more expensive for household costs than Durban, and 26% more expensive for transport costs than Athens. Edmonton is ranked as a minimal hardship location. Hardship (also know as quality of living) refers to the degree of hardship an expatriate and their family are likely to experience in the host location. Hardship pay is compensation to encourage people to move, in particular to less desirable locations. In determining the amount of hardship premium payable, factors such as economic, political, religious, infrastructure, environment/climate, personal safety, health, education, and transportation factors are considered. The hardship premium for Edmonton for an expat from Zurich is for example 0%, i.e. host location (Edmonton) premium of 10% minus home (Zurich) location premium of 10%. Xpatulator.com has been created to assist subscribers calculate expatriate pay using the online calculators and extensive database of cost of living and hardship indexes, for 780 international locations. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship or expat pay in Edmonton? Register subscribe to your home location and Edmonton and run your personalised reports.