With 5% of Canada’s agricultural land our region has built a reputation for high-quality products for over 100 years.
We are part of Canada’s Protein Industry Supercluster: A federal initiative with up to $173 million in direct investment.
The global plant-based food market is expected to reach an approximate $250 billion CDN in sales by 2035.
Workers employed regionally in agri-business.
Canada’s producers and manufacturers enjoy low business costs, accessible export markets, access to investment and advancements in agri-tech.
Alberta is one of the best places to do business. With no provincial sales tax, no payroll tax, no health care premiums, and some of the lowest corporate income taxes in Canada.
Alberta’s tax advantage in 2021-22 was $13.3 billion. Albertans and Alberta businesses continue to pay the lowest overall taxes compared to other Canadian provinces.
Low fuel taxes and low personal income tax rates make Alberta one of the most cost competitive jurisdictions in the country.
The County of Grande Prairie is an Industrial Hub with a large supply of investment ready land and buildings.
We are a designated Rural Renewal Stream community providing direct support for the seamless attraction and retention of newcomers.
The NBDC is the only dedicated laboratory in Canada providing comprehensive diagnostic services to the beekeeping industry for a healthy, sustainable and profitable apiculture.
Three major local highway connect the City to the rest of Alberta and Canada, offering direct connections to Edmonton, British Columbia, the Northwestern Territories, and the Rocky Mountains. On an international level, Grande Prairie is located on the CANAMEX trade route, which connects Canada with both the United States and Mexico
We are the closest municipality in Alberta to western shipping ports, offering a competitive advantage in getting bulk product to Asian markets faster than from anywhere else in Alberta.
Because we are one of the highest grain producers in western Canada, Richardson Pioneer Limited invested in a new high throughput grain elevator expected to be operational in 2022. The new facility will have storage capacity for 45,000 metric tonnes , capable of loading 150 cars through a loop track design.
Alberta’s is home to global agribusinesses developing technologies to increase production, improve efficiencies and create high-quality, value-added products.
A leading producer of canola, wheat, dry peas, barley and cattle, Alberta farmers are growing their food processing capabilities.
Our arable lands, abundance of sunshine and extensive irrigation networks make it an ideal place to produce agricultural products.
Global connectivity and business-friendly policies open tremendous opportunities for agriculture processing facilities to establish Alberta as their North America hub.
Helping build value-added processing capacity and supporting industry as it pursues new opportunities. FPDC is a modern, 65,000 square foot pilot plant and product development laboratory. The centre is equipped with more than $20,000,000 in equipment that supports food product innovation along the full development and commercialization continuum
Companies that invest in (R&D) in Canada can take advantage of the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) up to 50% tax incentive program.
Accelerated Investment Incentive provides an enhanced capital cost allowance (CCA) on equipment purchases. Full expensing in the first year for manufacturing and processing (M&P) and clean energy equipment purchases.
The Strategic Innovation Fund (SIF) supports Canada as a top destination for businesses to invest through five Streams:
Stream 1: Encourage R&D that will accelerate technology transfer and commercialization of innovative products, processes and services;
Stream 2: Facilitate the growth and expansion of firms in Canada;
Stream 3: Attract and retain large scale investments to Canada;
Stream 4: Advance industrial research, development and technology demonstration through collaboration between the private sector, researchers and non-profit organizations; and
Stream 5: Support large-scale, national innovation ecosystems through high impact collaborations across Canada.
Our region provides accessibility to reliable and cheap inputs necessary in the food processing industry complemented by competitive energy prices and a sustainable water supply. In addition, Grande Prairie has a strong reputation in its agricultural sector concentrated in canola, wheat, barley, alfalfa, dry field peas, oats, cattle, pig, and poultry.
In addition to the above benefits, greenhouse agriculture benefits from Grande Prairie’s substantial amount of sunlight per year. Since Grande Prairie has a strong reputation in its agricultural sector, a vertical expansion of its agriculture industry can benefit from the strong reputation.
Alberta’s food processing sector has seen rapid growth. In 2020, it was the province’s largest manufacturing sector with $15.5 billion in food manufacturing sales.
Alberta’s arable lands, abundance of sunshine and extensive irrigation network makes it an ideal place to produce primary agricultural products.
Alberta’s innovators collaborate with farmers to increase yields, find efficiencies and promote sustainability through increased connectivity and data. Alberta is also home to several innovation centres that supports the development of new Bio-Based Products.