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Welcome to Castor

The Town of Castor is located in the Battle River Alliance for Economic Development (BRAED) region. Located near the intersection of Highways 12 and 36, Castor’s natural beauty, which includes sandstone cliffs, rolling terrain and natural prairie grasslands, makes it a scenic and diverse area. The Town’s tree lined streets and natural water ponds, which dissect the community, make it a picturesque site. We welcome you to visit our town whenever you are in the area and appreciate what we have. Castor continues to serve the agriculture community, which is still the mainstay of the area. The oil and natural gas industry has grown over the years and is a major employer.

The beautiful Town of Castor will leave you feeling welcomed whether you are only stopping in for a visit or a more extended stay. With a strong family value presence, Castor is sure to fulfill your daily needs while supplying you with a sense of homeliness. Our community is an oasis on the Prairie.

The Castor Economy

Agriculture is the main economic base in the Castor area. Cattle and hog production is a major contributor to the economic stability of the area. Grain farming also prevalent, with all varieties of crops being grown in high quality and quantity. Castor is also the central loading station for hogs going to market from the East Central Alberta area.

It is expected that agriculture will continue to flourish in the area. Good management and
continued stability will be maintained in the future. Development of High-speed, broad band
internet to the region continues to provide new opportunities.

Small operations such as retail, concrete mix, service industries, the hospital and county seat
have provided the main employment in the area. Our business community can meet all your
requirements and you will be greeted with a friendly smile and excellent service.

Labour Snapshot

Totals %
In the labour force 280 65.10%
Participation rate 65.10%
Unemployment rate 8.90%
Management occupations 25 9.43%
Business, finance and administration occupations 20 7.55%
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations 10 3.77%
Health occupations 0 0.00%
Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services 40 15.09%
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport 0 0.00%
Sales and service occupations 45 16.98%
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations 95 35.85%
Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations 30 11.32%
Occupations in manufacturing and utilities 0 0.00%
Oil and Gas

Castor is located in proximity to both Calgary and Edmonton, the fourth and fifth largest metropolitan areas in Canada, and is also near the South Athabasca Oil Sands with a projected production of over 3.4M barrels of oil per day. Drilling, seismic, and pipeline construction contribute significantly to our economy and numerous opportunities exist for up-stream oil service companies to locate to Castor.

Agriculture

Cattle production, hog production and grain farming with all varieties of crops being grown, are all major contributors to the economic stability of the area. The region boasts approximately 500 farms producing coarse grains such as wheat, oats, barley, canola and other oil seed crops of high quality and quantity. Castor is also the central loading station for hogs going from the East Central Alberta area.

Construction

A multitude of construction, contracting and renovation businesses operate out of Castor and the region has experience in both small and large scale projects. The community has local expertise in infrastructure projects such as new housing, businesses, roads and driveways throughout the area. This important sector meshes well and complements the agriculture and oil and gas industries in the region.

Transportation

Castor is located on Highway 12 in the heart of East Central Alberta. The high quality grade of Highways 12 and 36 make for easy access both north-south and east-west. The Town is adjacent to the Highway 36 High Load Corridor. The Castor Airport is a local air-strip. The nearest commercial and freight services are offered at the Calgary or Edmonton International Airports.

Business Taxes

The non-residential municipal tax rate in Castor is: 17.1263
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%
Canadian Small Business Threshold: $500,000

Business Directory

Making Castor Home

Totals %
Population 521
Median age of the population 38.2
Total number of census families in private households 145 0
Total number of private households by tenure 210
Owner 185 88.10%
Renter 20 9.52%
Average value of dwellings ($) $243,031
Average income $ $50,732
Average household total income $ $97,653
Residential municipal tax rate 45 8.3784%

Housing
There is a variety of housing options on and around the Town of Castor. When Searching for a house in Castor 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. Local schools include:

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

Recreation

The recreation facilities and programs offered to the public are first-rate. The Town of Castor has many great facilities including the Castor Arena (Beaver Dome), Castor Centennial Pool, Castor Curling Rink, Castor Golf Club, Kinsmen Sports Grounds (3 shale ball diamonds and a campground) and Lions Campground. These facilities have been well maintained over the years. The golf course offers a nine-hole, grass green course with a new clubhouse. The curling rink was completed in 1988.

Contact Castor

Town of Castor
4901 50 Avenue
Castor, AB T0C 0X0
Phone: (403) 882-3215
Fax: (403) 882-2700
www.castor.ca