The Capital Region area, which includes the Industrial Heartland, supports a population of one million people and a large resource processing sector of Alberta’s heavy industry. Industrial growth in the coming years will likely increase with continuing promotion of the area as one of the world's most attractive locations for bitumen upgrading, refining, petro-chemical, chemical, and energy support services investment. The Capital Region is fundamentally important to the overall economic activity of the Province. Management of the cumulative effects of economic and social development on the air, water and land capacity is critical to support the future growth of this region.
Our Region Our Future provides information about the Industrial Heartland Project’s support of environmental management for the entire Capital Region. The program brings together industry, municipalities, environmental non-government organizations and government to collaborate on regional solutions for environmental protection.
The program provides strategies and targets to sustain the quality of the region’s environment. It outlines specific environmental outcomes. On this website you will find targets for sustainability and regional strategies for the tracking and management of the Capital Region’s air, water and land.
Under the cumulative effects approach, the Alberta government will set ambient air quality levels to protect our air, establish a watershed management framework for the North Saskatchewan River to protect our water and set policy directions to protect our land.