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Why Grande Prairie?

Often noted for the oil and gas activity here, the region is home to a wide range of industries, including agriculture, forestry, retail and manufacturing.

Our business-savvy community has been recognized by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business as the Most Entrepreneurial Community in Canada for three consecutive years.

The Grande Prairie Business Advantage:

  • No provincial sales tax and low cost tax regime 
  • Rich natural resources, including natural gas, natural gas liquids, oil, oil sands, lumber and agricultural land 
  • Presence of major corporations such as EnCana, Husky and Canadian Natural Resources 
  • Grande Prairie’s status as a regional service centre for a market of over 280,000 
  • A diverse economic portfolio with many pillars supporting fast growth 
  • Young population, growing at an average rate of 4% annually
  • Affluent families; household discretionary income nearly double the national average 

If you are considering doing business in Grande Prairie, be sure to check out our resources to help you get started.

2016 Retail Market Analysis

Conducted to get a better understanding of the current opportunities available to Grande Prairie business owners and investors, the 2016 Retail Market Analysis (PDF 23.4MB) presentation provides useful information on:

• Retail Trade Area Demographics & Income
• Retail Inventory Supply & Performance
• Retail Outflow vs. Inflow
• Consumer Survey Results
• Consumer Survey Cross-Tabulations – Residence, Age & Income

Retail Market Analysis Brochure (PDF 3.3MB) 

Industrial Attraction Strategy

The Industrial Attraction Strategy (PDF 1.13MB) was born out of Council’s 2015 - 2018 Strategic Plan. The plan seeks to create a competitive advantage with respect to infrastructure, service levels and costs for commercial and industrial development.

Hospital Economic Impact & Gap Analysis

The Grande Prairie Regional Hospital Economic Impact & Gap Analysis (PDF, 473 KB) was completed in October 2016 to measure the economic impact of the $730 million facility and to assess Grande Prairie’s capacity for supporting the increase in demand arising from the requirements of the new regional hospital.

2016 Vacancy Report

The 2016 Grande Prairie Vacancy Market Survey (PDF, 1.54MB) looks at all office, industrial and retail vacancies in Grande Prairie as of July 2016.

Industrial Land and Vacant Lots

Looking for the perfect site for your business? There are 8 industrial parks and 6 business parks in Grande Prairie. All industrial and business parks have opportunities for development alongside longstanding and reputable businesses.

Commercial & Industrial Areas

View the map of all the commercial and industrial areas in Grande Prairie hosted on Google Maps.  

Vacant Lot Map (PDF 2MB)

View the Vacant Lot Map to see available lots in the city.

Utilities and Services

Availability and capacity of Internet services in industrial and business parks vary depending on location and service provider; contact Telus at 310-3100 or Eastlink at 877-813-1727 for Internet service details.

Economic Updates

For updates from the Economic Development Department on current trends and economic activity, sign up for the Economic Development newsletter.

Last updated: 11/5/2018 12:06:06 PM