Industrial development


Canada's energy engine

Strathcona County is a leader in industrial development and Canada's largest hydrocarbon refining cluster – working with industry, regional partners and other levels of government to support sustainable economic growth.

Regional labour profile

Report highlights significant workforce advantages for Alberta’s Industrial Heartland energy sector.

Committed to diversification 

Investment opportunities with the following:

  • Plastics (packaging, construction / building bio-plastics)
  • Paints, coatings, solvents (bio-chemicals)
  • Fibres (carbon fibre)
  • Professional, sceientific, technical services (digital oilfield sensors / scanners)
  • Logistics (plastic packaging centres)

Involving these petrochemical chains:

  • C1 (ammonia, urea, methanol)
  • C2 (polyethylene, ethylene glycol, ethylene oxide)
  • C3 (polypropylenes, propylene glycol, propylene oxide)

Petrochemical flow chart (1.1 MB)

Strathcona County advantages

  • Central hub of Alberta’s oil and gas pipeline system
  • Availability of pre-zoned and serviced heavy industrial land
  • Access to petrochemical feedstock and utilities at low prices
  • Globally competitive tax rates
  • Salt caverns for commodity storage
  • Productive workforce skilled in petrochemicals and related industries
  • Availability of federal and provincial incentives and grants
  • Pro-business environment with no business license fees or registrations
  • Excellent infrastructure: road, rail, air and pipeline access to regional and global markets
  • Large scale development of innovative world-class energy related projects in the area
  • Considerable use and exchange of energy and products within and between complexes
  • Exceptional educational institutions that are deeply integrated with industry
  • High quality-of-life that is secure and stable

Past, present and future

For over 70 years, Strathcona County has lead the way in petrochemical relationships and investment. Engage in the story of how it started and see where it will take us. 

History of petrochemical industry in Strathcona County

Industrial site selector

The booklet below provides a high level understanding of the industrial sectors, investment readiness and value propositions in Strathcona County, Alberta, Canada.

To receive a hardcopy, please contact the Strathcona County Economic Development and Tourism department at

Industrial site selector (PDF) (10.6 MB)

Economic Development and Tourism
Phone: 780-464-8095

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

News / resources

Diversification tops the agenda
ICIS special supplement for future petrochemical attraction in the Strathcona County region

Alberta’s Industrial Heartland
Strathcona County is a founding member of the largest petrochemical processing region in Canada

Strathcona Industrial Association
An association representing east Edmonton & Strathcona County heavy industrial operators

Last updated: Tuesday, July 16, 2019
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