Advocacy

The voice of commercial real estate industry in our region

Please email us at advocacy@bomaedm.ca for advocacy updates,
ways to get involved, or to
bring an issue to our attention
 

Did You Know?

Real estate, which includes commercial real estate, is the second largest private sector industry by GDP in Alberta after oil and gas. As of 2021, it is the largest industry in Canada by GDP. At municipal levels, real estate is one of the largest regulated industries, and commercial real estate accounts for a disproportionate amount of tax revenue.


As an industry association, BOMA Edmonton provides trusted expertise to governments and to the public. We are a leading voice on what’s important to our members and the broader commercial real estate industry.  

BOMA Edmonton advocates for a vibrant, inclusive, and responsible commercial real estate industry that positively impacts economies, businesses, communities, and lives. Keeping the region that we serve competitive is critical to this aim.  

We are a part of the economic development community and a major industry. We see ourselves as a partner in city and community building with others in the private, public, and non-profit sectors locally and around the world.  

Current Issues

Four-Year City Budget
Edmonton Metropolitan Regional Recovery Working Group
BIA Taxation Proposal
Access to Utilities Info
Downtown Research Project
Real Estate Council of Alberta Education Licensing

BOMA Edmonton Advocacy

  1. We advocate for fair and equitable commercial taxes, systems, and practices, and we would like to see a return on the tax dollars that supports business growth, as well community initiatives. 
  1. We advocate for reducing red tape and other barriers to a competitive economy. 
  1. We contribute to and work with social, community, and art and culture agencies to make our communities safer and more vibrant for everyone.  
  1. We work to educate others about the commercial real estate industry and to elevate the industry through public and government relations.
  1. As a membership-based organization for commercial real estate professionals, we establish and promote standards of excellence in education and professionalism. 
  1. We are leaders in Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. We advocate for diverse voices throughout the industry and on behalf of our industry. 
  1. As the shepherds of the BOMA BEST, the industry standard for sustainable building certification, we work to reduce energy and water consumption, improve building operations, and reduce carbon emissions.  

Advocacy Participation

Issues-Based Advocacy Work

Issues that directly or indirectly impact our industry arise on a regular basis. We work as an association or in collaboration with partners for the best possible outcomes for our membership at large. Our goal is to address issues that impact the majority of our members or issues that can be tied to broader industry impact.