Business development

Information for businesses regarding COVID-19

Strathcona County recognizes COVID 19 could have a significant impact on our business community. Economic Development and Tourism is providing information on business and economic response recovery tools.


Business development

Strathcona County fosters a supportive environment for entrepreneurs. Below are some of the advantages of starting, locating or expanding your business here.


  • Home to Canada's largest petrochemical processing area with over 15 world-class facilities    
  • Founding member of Alberta's Industrial Heartland
  • 7,490+ hectares of industrial land
  • More industrial development


  • Home to over 11,000 businesses (over 3,500 with employees) and the proactive Sherwood Park and District Chamber of Commerce
  • Strong growth in the manufacturing, construction, professional and scientific / technical sector sectors
  • Over 3 million square feet of retail, office and commercial space
  • Designation of the Beaver Hills Moraine as a UNESCO Biosphere, improves and diversifies local tourism opportunities


  • Less than 30 minutes from the Edmonton International Airport and less than 20 minutes from downtown Edmonton
  • Serviced by Trans-Canada Yellowhead Highway (Highway 16) and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216), Highways 14, 21 and 16. Secondary highway access: Highways 630, 824, 829 and 830
  • Extensive public transit (commuter, local, mobility bus)
  • Rail service by both CN and CP Rail


  • 94% of residents with a diploma, certificate or degree
  • Over 15,800 local highly-skilled graduates available


  • Regional market of over 1.4 million consumers
  • $5.6 billion household spending power
  • 6 per cent population growth over the past five years

Tax savings

  • No business tax
  • No business registration fees
  • The province of Alberta has one of the most competitive tax systems in North America

Economic Development and Tourism
Phone: 780-464-8095

Temporary address:
County Annex Building
160 Festival Way
Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada
T8A 5Z2

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Last updated: Friday, May 08, 2020
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