· The Pulse
  • The City of Edmonton is spending up to $1 million to accommodate the Pope's visit to the city from July 24 to 27. The city will contribute in-kind costs for security, transit, and rental fees for mass at Commonwealth Stadium, which is expecting 65,000 attendees. The city will also cover the costs of road closures and will make contributions to Indigenous-led events. The Edmonton Police Service will also be responsible for costs related to papal security.
  • Royal LePage forecasts that Edmonton home prices will continue to rise in the months ahead, owing partly to an increase in buyers from other cities seeking a more affordable lifestyle. The aggregate home price rose 6.8% year-over-year in the second quarter of 2022. Across Canada, however, average home prices has dropped for the first time since 2019.
  • The Indigenous Peoples Experience at Fort Edmonton Park, which launched in November 2021, has received the Urban Land Institute Americas Award for Excellence. The city said the exhibit's "equitable engagement and integration throughout all stages of project development" made it a standout among the nominees. In April, it also won the Thea Award for Outstanding Achievement, an international award that recognizes historical and educational projects.
  • Statistics Canada data shows that people in Edmonton and Calgary make some of the highest wages in the country, with the average household recording income $10,000 higher than the Canadian average. The average Edmonton household made $84,000 in 2020, down from $87,000 in 2015.
  • The Edmonton Oilers had a busy first day of free agency, having re-signed defenceman Brett Kulak for a four-year contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $2.75 million, added goaltender Jack Campbell for a five-year contract with an AAV of $5 million, and re-signed forward Evander Kane for a four-year contract with an AAV of $5.125 million.
  • Recently released data from Statistics Canada's 2021 census sheds light on gender diversity among Alberta couples and parents. The census recorded about 8,170 same-sex couples in Alberta, of which about 4,300 were women and 3,900 men. The 2021 census, which was the first to distinguish between gender and assigned sex, also recorded 2,730 couples where at least one person identifies as transgender and 1,325 where at least one identifies as non-binary. Almost 99% of couples in Alberta are between women and men, and slightly more than half have kids.