Data to help leaders in RMWB make future policy and investment decisions

Fort McMurrayThe Wood Buffalo Region population is diverse, on average is a little older, we have less unemployment and housing is more affordable according to the most recent Sustainable Community Indicators report released by the Oil Sands Community Alliance (OSCA).

The report provides important data regarding our community on topics such as: demographics, housing, education, health services, labour force, economy, cost of living, transportation, and community. OSCA compares 2016-2018 data to the 2006, 2011, and 2015 reports, as well as to other communities including Grand Prairie, Medicine Hat, Edmonton and Alberta.

“Good data helps our local industry and municipal leaders make good decisions to support the growth and sustainability of our region,” said OSCA Policy Analyst Shafak Sajid. “The RMWB has been through some tremendous challenges in the last few years but this community indicators report demonstrates the tremendous resilience of our residents and our communities.”

Along with key findings for more than 20 indicators the report identifies pressure points, track progress for sustainability, plus offers insights and observations to better understand the results (i.e. the story behind the findings) wherever possible.

The indicator data is collected from a variety of public resources from federal, provincial and municipal government sources; industry groups; and other publicly available data. The report is useful to indicate the relative progress of a community over time and trending information for key quality of life indicators.

Sajid, points out that “the true value of Sustainable Community Indicators is that they help us understand where our community is, which way we are going and how far we are from where we want to be.

“Compiling this data on a regular basis alerts you to a problem long before it gets too bad and helps you recognize what needs to be done to fix the problem. Indicators of a sustainable community point to areas where the links between the economy, environment and society are weak. They allow you to see where the problem areas are and help show the way to fix those problems.”

OSCA will share the data with the Alberta government, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, and regional stakeholders such as the Wood Buffalo Economic Development Corporation (WBEDC). Copies of the report will be available on the OSCA website.

For more information contact info@oscaalberta.ca