A powerful defence program

Found in the eastern part of the Battle River region, the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Wainwright has been a crucial part of the Canadian Army’s operational effectiveness. Housing two major training centres, the Canadian Manoeuvre Training Centre and the 3rd Canadian Division Training Centre, it is one of the busiest bases in the country.

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In addition to on-site employment potential, complementary businesses can also benefit from design and construction work for base expansion, local food provisioning, and specialized equipment and technology development. Locating a defence industry business near CFB Wainwright also offers clear advantages such as leading edge research and space for military training and testing.

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ROAM 2021

Wainwright’s industry labour force employment reflects the area’s economic pillars, with above average employment in oil & gas, retail trade, accommodation and food services. As well, there is above average public administration employment given the presence of Garrison Wainwright.