Why Grande Prairie
Grande Prairie has lower costs compared to larger urban centers. Our proximity to natural resources and easy access to major markets amplify cost savings for those who do business here. Other cost savings include:
- No sales tax
- Competitive real estate
- No Business License fee for most business types
- Lowest provincial corporate tax rate in Canada (8% General Corporate Tax Rate and 2% Small Business Rate)
Young, Accessible Workforce
We are one of the youngest and fastest growing populations in Canada.
With a median age of 31.9, Grande Prairie has a readily available workforce with varied skill sets thanks to the diverse economy. From sales and marketing, to skilled trades and engineering, Grande Prairie boasts a labour force of nearly 40,000.
For growing companies, upskilling and training of staff is possible through many programs and continuing education courses at Grande Prairie Regional College.
Grande Prairie has been steadily expanding and diversifying from its agricultural roots grown in the 1900s.
The City is surrounded by an abundance of natural resources, leading to forestry and oil and gas becoming integral pillars of the economy.
A wealth of natural gas adds to Grande Prairie’s stable economy relative to the rest of Alberta - particularly during times of decline in the oil sector.
As the largest city north of Edmonton, Grande Prairie has a strong retail and service industry that brings goods to a regional trade population of nearly 300,000 – visiting the City from as far as the Northwest Territories.
Grande Prairie is home to a youthful population that doubled in the last two decades to 68,088. From big city amenities, to some of the most untouched and beautiful natural surroundings in Alberta, Grande Prairie offers unparalleled opportunities for recreation contributing to its elevated quality of life.
Coupled with affordable housing and reputation for career opportunities, Grande Prairie continues to be an attractive place to live and call home.
The City is dedicated to continually improving services and streamlining processes to ensure ease in working with the City, no matter when or where you connect with the City of Grande Prairie.
Located on the CANAMEX trade route, Grande Prairie is situated in the heart of two major oil & gas resource plays, the Montney and Duvernay.
The City has easy access to markets and major ports by highway (Hwy 43, 40, 2), rail, and air, providing an ideal location with an enviable mix of accessibility.