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Welcome to Paintearth County

The County of Paintearth is a progressive rural municipality in East Central Alberta. We are proud to boast a strong working relationship with the energy sector. The County boasts an 83 unit wind farm, intense natural resource drilling programs, is home to the Battle River Coal Generating Station, and recently completed construction of an Eastern Alberta Transmission Line. In addition, Highway 36 (High Load Corridor) is located in the middle of the County. The Paintearth region is a progressive municipality with many opportunities. We are committed to maintaining well-planned, safe, friendly municipalities, as well as enhancing a robust and diverse business community.

The Paintearth County Economy

The County of Paintearth No. 18 works closely with our neighboring municipalities, which are the Towns of Coronation and Castor, and the Village of Halkirk. The municipalities of the Paintearth region have successfully initiated partnerships such as the Paintearth Economic Partnership Society, Paintearth Regional Waste Ltd., broadband internet service, regional ambulance service, regional water services, and other accomplishments.

Labour Snapshot

Totals %
In the labour force 1,125 80.90%
Participation rate 80.90%
Unemployment rate 4.90%
Management occupations 340 30.36%
Business, finance and administration occupations 115 10.27%
Natural and applied sciences and related occupations 30 2.68%
Health occupations 80 7.14%
Occupations in education, law and social, community and government services 95 8.48%
Occupations in art, culture, recreation and sport 15 1.34%
Sales and service occupations 125 11.16%
Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations 165 14.73%
Natural resources, agriculture and related production occupations 105 9.38%
Occupations in manufacturing and utilities 50 4.46%
Oil and Gas

The County 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 here.


Agriculture in the region is a major economic sector with diversity ranging from grain and specialty crops to domestic and specialty livestock. Producers mainly grow grains such as wheat, oats, barley and canola. Livestock is also a vital part of the industry, with increased activity in the rearing of hogs in ultra-modern facilities, and improved pastures to support larger herds of dairy and beef cattle.

Energy Generation

With high winds, ready access to transmission lines and hundreds of hectares of farmland for development, Paintearth County is in a geographic area that is very well suited to the wind energy sector. The Paintearth Mine, a 6,226 hectare coal mine located near Forestburg, provides employment and creates numerous opportunities in transportation, manufacturing and other support services for the industry.


The County is serviced by an excellent highway network consisting of Highway 12 providing east and west connecting Saskatchewan to Red Deer, Alberta. Highway 36 is currently designated a high/wide-load corridor to facilitate oversize loads throughout Alberta, and a key northern arm of the Ports-to-Plains Alliance network connecting Canada, USA & Mexico. Our region is serviced by 2 community airports in Castor and Coronation, providing 4000 ft. runways to accommodate small aircraft. Edmonton International Airport is the closest major airport, approximately 2 hours away, with the Calgary International Airport less than 3 hours away from the center of the region.

Business Taxes

The non-residential municipal tax rate in County of Paintearth is: 13.3410
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%

Paintearth Economic Partnership Society
The Paintearth Economic Partnership Society (PEPS) is a partnership of the County of Paintearth No. 18, the Towns of Castor and Coronation and the Village of Halkirk. It is meant to be the first point of contact for industry and business in the region.

Making Paintearth County Home

Totals %
Population 2,102
Median age of the population 40.1
Total number of census families in private households 540
Total number of private households by tenure 635
Owner 590 92.91%
Renter 50 7.87%
Average value of dwellings ($) $316,559
Residential municipal tax rate 0.0000%

There is a variety of housing options on and around the County of Paintearth. When Searching for a house in the County of Paintearth you will notice that our friendly, active community also features very affordable housing options compared to urban centres. The PEPS website features more Industrial Land Development Opportunities and Residential Land Development Opportunities.

Education is a vital part of our community. Local schools include:

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

Recreation is important part of living in the County of Paintearth. From Provincial Parks and Historic Resource Sites to Skiing, Golf or Camping, Paintearth County has a lot to offer as a weekend getaway or a place to put down roots. Badlands, Forests and Earth-Painted Cliffs surround lovely creeks just waiting for you to put in you canoe and explore.

Contact Paintearth County

County of Paintearth
#1 Crowfoot Crossing, TR 374 & HWY 12
Mailing Address: Box 509, Castor AB T0C 0X0
Phone: 403.882.3211
Fax: 403.882.3560