Wood Buffalo Economic Development

Regional Overview

Region overview

There’s no place like home.

Wood Buffalo is much more than Fort McMurray and oil. Little is heard or written about the other nine communities in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, ones that are thriving and defining their separate identities here. With an immigrant population twice that of the average Canadian municipality Wood Buffalo is home to incredible cultural diversity, with residents from all over the world. The planned airport expansion including customs services will link Wood Buffalo with the international community, opening up lifestyle and employment options outside the oil sands. An international, young and highly skilled resident population is the force behind an energy-based economy with an environmental focus, one that is becoming known for innovative technology development.

Regional overview

  • The RMWB is one of the largest municipalities in North America, encompassing 66,000 square kilometres of natural northern Canadian beauty. First founded during the fur trading days 140 years ago Wood Buffalo is now home to the oil sands developments, an industry attracting the best and brightest from around the world.
  • We like it the way it is, and we love the way it’s going to be. Wood Buffalo is rushing to catch up with the economic opportunity and growth presented by oil sands development. With a current population of 104,338 people as of 2010, a population size change of 101% from 2000-2010, and an average annual growth rate of 7.4% there can be no doubt that Wood Buffalo is big – and getting bigger.
  • Wood Buffalo is intense, and so is the potential. Everything here is larger than life and bigger than dreams. Meaningful employment, secure income, and great rewards combine to make this an exciting place to live, work, and play. The residents of our 26,013 households have an estimated average annual income of $189,458, and a median age of just 32 years. 32% of our residents are under 25 years, making this a young, vibrant community of unparalleled growth and opportunity.
  • Our growth comes not only from new arrivals to the region but from current residents starting families. Our birth rate has grown 77.62% between 2000 and 2010, and the average annual growth rate for births is as an astonishing 6.01%. Our family in Wood Buffalo just keeps growing.
  • Very few places on earth offer the opportunity to fast-track your career in an environment so completely open to new ideas and supportive of an entrepreneurial spirit. Wood Buffalo is one of them.


2010 Regional Map with Plant Sites (4.1MB)

2011 Visitors Guide (15MB)

Fort McMurray Street Map (0.4MB)

Fort McMurray Sub Division Map (1.3MB)

Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Map (0.4MB)