Strathcona County has begun work on an Agriculture and Food Sector Development Strategy to ensure we are a leader in providing agriculture and food business opportunities. 

Follow our project and participate in public and sector engagement on County Voice!

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About the strategy

The strategy will help the County attract investment in agriculture and food production, processing, and manufacturing. It will also identify ways to connect agriculture and food businesses with the resources that matter, through things like a support network, science, and extension and engagement. 

The strategy will explore what qualities and policies are required to transform Strathcona County into an ideal location for agriculture, agricultural value-added production, and food-processing. It will be informed by public and local sector input along with industry analysis, acts and regulations, strategic alignment, policy, and financial and budget considerations. 

Your input

This is your agriculture and food sector development strategy. Its foundation must reflect our shared community values. 

Public engagement phases 

Phase Actions When
1 - Gathering input from agriculture sectors and residents

Understand community values and expectations, and topics of importance. Following this phase, the County will develop a draft strategy for further input.

February to September 2023 
2 - Feedback and revising 

Workshops to discuss and refine learnings and potential strategy action items; and to confirm what we found and that recommendations the strategy may make are sound and realistic. Following the workshops, the County will refine the strategy.

October - December 2023
3 - Informing  

Engage again to share a draft recommended strategy, to ensure it reflects what we’ve heard. Following feedback, the County will finalize the strategy.

February - March 2024

Approvals We expect to present a final strategy to Council for approval by end of 2024. May - June 2024

Residents – have your say

Resident input already received

Thank you for participating in our short survey on County Voice, May 25 to June 22, 2023 and for chatting with us at local farmers markets in June, 2023. 

A survey through the Strathcona County Opinion Panel (SCOOP) informed topic areas to explore in further engagement. March 21 – April 4, 2023.

Processors, producers and other ag and food sector businesses - have your say

Current engagement: Agriculture and food sector interviews – June to September, 2023 

Local sector input already received

Small group meetings with processors, producers and other agriculture businesses, March – April 2023.  

Based on what was heard, we will be holding further focussed conversations, providing findings and early recommendations.  

We’d like your input to confirm what was heard, and to provide feedback on early recommendations to overcome barriers, create competitive advantages and pursue opportunities. 

We recognize there are seasonal pressures and are making sure we work with agriculture and food business schedules and activities.  


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Last updated: Tuesday, October 10, 2023
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