The Edmonton Project

The urban gondola was born from The Edmonton Project — a city-wide brainstorming competition. The business community pledged to move forward with whichever idea won but had no say in the winner. The urban gondola won The Edmonton Project in March 2018.

What We Have Done

March 2018

The urban gondola wins The Edmonton Project initiative.

June 2018

The Edmonton Transit Advisory Board publishes the Urban Gondola Report, supporting the urban gondolas.

September 2018

Working group with stakeholders is formed.

April 2019

Prairie Sky is included on the City’s Urban Planning Committee agenda. SCJ Alliance is retained to publish a third-party Preliminary Economic and Technical Assessment (PETA).

June 2019

12 shareholders incorporate Prairie Sky Gondola Inc.

January 2020

With the PETA complete, and the outcome favourable, the project is again brought to the Urban Planning Committee.

February 2020

A motion is carried by City Council, setting the stage for how Prairie Sky and the City can work together within the parameters of 6 mutually agreed to principles. With this decided, Prairie sky enters Phase Two of project development.

April 2020

​Consultants are retained to advance technical project development:

  • Specialty technical investigations for environmental management, geotechnical engineering and climatic engineering are undertaken.  

  • Concept reports for the mechanical and electrical scope of work within the stations are prepared by Williams Engineering Canada.

  • DIALOG led the team tasked with developing concept station and tower designs overlaid on Dopplemayr’s preliminary technical requirements.

  • EllisDon conducted preliminary constructability, schedule, and budget analysis.

  • Public engagement, including preliminary surveys, letters of support and Prairie Sky Power Plant Tours was initiated.

November 2020

The comprehensive business case is complete which supported further investment by the shareholders.

April 2021

Master Agreement Framework with the City of Edmonton is successfully negotiated and lease negotiations commence.

May 2021

Steer Group is selected to review comprehensive business case and develop ridership projections. Huberman Transportation Consultants is selected to develop a transportation impact assessment and support defining mutually beneficial integration with Edmonton Transit.

July 2021

PriceWaterhouseCooper (PwC) is retained as the financial advisor.

Where We’re Going

At the end of Phase Three of project development, Prairie Sky will have a fully approved and shovel-ready project. The core tasks are:

  • Begin robust public and Indigenous engagement

  • Finalize project development plan, including:

    • Final station locations

    • Final tower locations and height

    • Final station and tower design architecture

    • Final station programming

    • Final cabin options

    • Finalize details of pedestrian connectivity and public realm improvements

  • Undertake all required studies and assessments

  • Complete rezoning for all station and tower locations

  • Secure all required permits and approvals at all levels of government

  • Finalize operational and emergency response plans

  • Procure the construction work