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From convenient access to Canadian and International markets to low business taxes, the region offers an optimum business environment. Our competitive advantages include:

Education

  • Access to an educated workforce with over 15.8% of our residents holding a trades diploma – higher than the Alberta average of 12.4%.
  • Home to a major post-secondary institution, University of Alberta Augustana Campus.

Land

  • There is ample and reasonably priced land available ranging from $70,000 – $560,000 for single detached Residential Lots; $138,000/acre for an average Industrial Lot; and a starting price of $349,900 for Highway Commercial Lot.*

Housing

  • House prices substantially more affordable than average Alberta housing with the average housing price (resale) being 34% lower than the Alberta average.*
  • Comparative average housing prices (including single and multi-family, end 2014) were Wainwright at $263,905, Edmonton at $367,228, and Alberta at $400,100.*

Infrastructure

  • An effective network of highways, air transportation and rail systems easily connect the region to wherever a company wants to do business. Highway 36 and Highway 41 are high and wide load corridors.
  • A variety of electricity and natural gas providers offer choice for consumers and businesses.
  • Quality water treatment, sewage and waste facilities are located throughout the region.

Cost of Doing Business

  • The Battle River region has one of the lowest overall tax systems in Canada.
  • No provincial sales tax.
  • No capital, payroll, or machinery and equipment taxes.
  • Competitive corporate tax rate of 27% (combined federal/provincial) for general business and 14% (combined) for small business as of July 1, 2015.

*Source: 2014 Wainwright Relocation Guide

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