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Fort McMurray

Community Profile:

  • Population exceeds 100,000.
  • Average growth rate of 7.24% per year.
  • Fort McMurray Airport serves about 750,000 travellers annually.
  • Median age of population is about 30.
  • 32% of population is under age 25.
  • English as an additional language (EAL) learners come from more than 80 countries.
  • It’s rare to have more than two or three people in any given class who share the same first language.
  • For the most part, English is the only language our learners can use to communicate with one another.

English Language Learner Support Services:

  • As a Community Adult Learning Council, the Community Network supports many programs and agencies.
  • As a granting council, we fund member agencies to provide EAL classes to learners who face financial and other barriers to learning.
  • In 2012, our funding impacted 1,907 adult learners. Of those, 1,815 identified financial barriers as the primary obstacle to learning.
  • Our adult literacy program matched approximately 80 learners to tutors.

Community Challenges:

  • Fort McMurray is located at 56.7 degrees north latitude and in most years has fewer than 100 frost-free days.
  • A great number of newcomers to Fort McMurray are from tropical or warm climates, and must adjust to an extremely cold climate.
  • The annual rate of staff changeover in the non-profit sector is 37%. This affects the consistency of service delivery for newcomers

Community Support:






Published: February 2013

Local Contact:

The Community Network
Judith Slattery, Executive Director