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Welcome to Camrose County

Camrose County is located in the Battle River Alliance for Economic Development (BRAED) region, a partnership of communities in East Central Alberta working cooperatively and voluntarily to address community economic development issues from a regional perspective.

Our County has quaint, vibrant communities that bring a diversified economy and large tax base from a population of over 8,400. Camrose County is a dynamic, friendly place to do business with strong growth potential. There are business opportunities in sectors such as Agriculture, Service (oil and gas), Transportation and Tourism, and we boast a skilled, highly adaptable labour force. We are also seeking investment into our Ervick Industrial area at the junction of Highway 13 and 21.

Camrose County is a great place to “Live, Work, and Play” with charming Hamlets, beautiful lakes and parks, and strong ties to a vibrant agricultural community. Within the boundaries of the County are the City of Camrose, the Town of Bashaw and the Villages of Bittern Lake, Bawlf, Edberg, Hay Lakes, and Rosalind as well as the hamlets of Armena, Duhamel, Ferintosh, Kelsey, Kingman, Pelican Point, Meeting Creek, New Norway, Ohaton, Round Hill and Tillicum Beach.

The Camrose County Economy

The economic base of the County is largely agricultural, with about 390,000 hectares of land classified as pasture with very good arable soils throughout most of the district. This area is well known for its mixed farming attributes. The County also houses its own Seed Cleaning Plant and boasts a Forever Green project to revitalize natural tree stands. Other prominent industries in the County include the Oil and Gas Service Industry, Transportation with an emphasis on our exceptional highway and rail system, and Tourism. Together, there are ample investment opportunities waiting for you in Camrose County.

Camrose County is committed to attracting industry and development to the Ervick Industrial area at the junction of Highway 13 and 21. This area is on the High Load corridor and is also the junction of the CN and CP railways, offering an ideal location for many industries. Camrose County is committed to servicing the area with water infrastructure, which increases its attractiveness as well.

Labour Snapshot

Totals %
In the labour force 4,860 73.90%
Participation rate 73.90%
Unemployment rate 6.00%
Management occupations 1050 21.81%
Business, finance and administration occupations 655 13.60%
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations 135 2.80%
Health occupations 275 5.71%
Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services 315 6.54%
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport 90 1.87%
Sales and service occupations 670 13.91%
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations 1080 22.43%
Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations 375 7.79%
Occupations in manufacturing and utilities 170 3.53%
Oil and Gas

Our region is ideally situated for oil and gas industry transportation and servicing. Highway 21, a major north-south distribution route leading into the City of Edmonton and then north to the oil sands, opens up access for investors. Nearby Highway 36 (High Load Corridor) is also easily accessible from the County. Drilling, seismic, and pipeline construction help fuel the economy creating opportunities for new energy service companies.

Agriculture

Agriculture is one of the major economic bases of Camrose County. Farms in our region are generally mixed with ranching and grain production. The sector is further diversified by its beef, bison, lamb, dairy, hog and poultry farms as well as ample fruit, vegetable and honey production. Camrose County Agriculture Services works closely with Ag. Producers and provides Weed Control, Pest Control, Extension Services and more.

Tourism

Tourism is a growing industry, with numerous small business enterprises starting to evolve as the large Edmonton market looks closer to home for recreation opportunities. With amenities such as the Miquelon Lake Provincial Park, Tillicum Beach Park, and Pelican Point Park, the County is viewed as having significant potential for ecotourism ventures. Camping and sporting retreats, such as fishing and golf, are just some popular activities.

Transportation

Camrose County is located in East Central Alberta. Its northwestern boundary is located 40 kilometres southeast of Edmonton via Highway 21, the County’s High Load Corridor. Other major highways (26, 13, and 53) connect within the County, opening up markets for businesses. Air service can be accessed at Camrose Municipal Airport and rail service runs east-west and north-south connecting in the City of Camrose. Trucking and courier companies are also located within the County.

Business Park

Ervick Industrial Park is located at the intersection of Highway 13 and Highway 21. Currently 60% of the lots are occupied. Business range from Feed Mills to corporate offices. The park is ideally situated in the high load corridor along rail lines. In addition to the available lots, an adjacent 300-acre parcel is zoned for development.

Milang Industrial Park is located just South of Highway 13 on Highway 56 to Stettler. Of the 8 lots, 7 have been developed, and expansion is in the planning stages. Businesses include fertilizer storage facilities, pipe storage, office buildings and other outdoor equipment storage

Legacy Junction is at the intersection of Highway 13 and Highway 56. 7 of the 8 lots have been developed, however there is lots of growth potential on over 100 acres of undeveloped land. Agricultural equipment dealerships, auto body mechanic shops and welding shops are some of the tenants in this park.

Business Incentive Grant
The Business Incentive Grant is intended to make a positive contribution towards the cost of creating a business entity. The purpose of the Business Incentive Grant By-law is to encourage business development and permanent employment in Camrose County by providing a Business Incentive Grant to stabilize and provide support to the rural community.

Business Taxes

The non-residential municipal tax rate in Camrose County is: 13.9392
Alberta general corporate tax rate: 12%
Alberta small business tax rate: 2%
Annual Business Limit (ABL)/Small Business Threshold: $500,000
Canadian general corporate tax rate: 15%
Canada small business tax rate: 10.5%
Canadian Small Business Threshold: $500,000

Business Directory

Community Profile Document for Economic Development

Making Camrose County Home

Totals %
Population 8,458
Median age of the population 42.3
Total number of census families in private households 2,515 0
Total number of private households by tenure 3,120
Owner 2,780 89.10%
Renter 340 10.90%
Average value of dwellings ($) $407,084
Average income $ $54,272
Average household total income $ $109,196
Residential municipal tax rate 3.0840%

Housing
There is a variety of housing options on and around Camrose County. When Searching for a house in Camrose County, you will notice that our friendly, active community also features very affordable housing options compared to urban centres.

Education
Education is a vital part of our community. Camrose County schools are part of the Battle River School Division and the Elk Island Catholic School Division. Local schools include: School List

According to the 2016 Statistics Canada Census on Education, approximately 50% of Camrose County residents have a Post-secondary certificate, diploma or degree. Nearby post-secondary and training options include:

Recreation
Our friendly communities feature an excellent selection of golf courses, modern campgrounds and recreation facilities, lakes and parks will all the amenities so you can relax and enjoy the fresh air. Family entertainment is easy to find in Camrose County. Tour our County during Prairie Fun Days and soak up our hospitality and create memories for you and your family. Camrose County has something for everyone.

Check out the Tourism Camrose 2018 Guide to see how much the County has to offer.

Contact Camrose County

Camrose County
3755 – 43 Avenue,
Camrose, AB, T4V 3S8
Phone: (780) 672-4446
Fax: (780) 672-1008
www.county.camrose.ab.ca