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The business climate is the general economic environment that local businesses operate in. Reviewing and understanding the local business climate provides valuable insights about the economy, costs, risks, and incentives that may impact the success of your business. This activity will guide you to better understand the business climate in The County of Grande Prairie and help you answer the following fundamental questions.
What is the business climate in The County of Grande Prairie?
We have compiled the most important aspects of The County of Grande Prairie’s business climate as an interactive dashboard below. This dashboard provides valuable economic, resident, household, dwelling and development indicators that may influence the success of your business.
What costs and assistance should I know about?
Whether you have a new or existing business it is critical to be aware of costs, incentives and grants that impact your business. This dashboard provides you with a snapshot of the major costs of conducting business in The County of Grande Prairie and assistance available to The County of Grande Prairie businesses.
County of Grande Prairie businesses enjoy the Alberta advantage of no provincial sales taxes, no capital taxes and low municipal taxes.
The County of Grande Prairie does not charge business taxes and therefore County businesses can save thousands of dollars a year.
The 2017 tax rates for the County of Grande Prairie are as follows:
|Total tax rate (per $ 1,000 of assessment)||Total Municipal Tax Rate||Total Combined Tax Rate|
|Machinery & Equipment||13.065||13.1083|
|Linear – Non-Residential||13.065||17.052|
Offsite Levies for Roads (Transportation Levy), BYLAW NO. 2702
The County of Grande Prairie is required to develop, upgrade and expand its road network to accommodate the growth that is occurring and the growth that is projected for the future. Therefore, it is deemed reasonable that the Developer of the development bear a share of those costs.
The Transportation Levy amount the Developer is required to pay is dependent on the location of the development and the size of the parcel on which the development is situated. The County of Grande Prairie has a zoning system with three (3) categories:
|Zone Category||Transportation Levy|
|1||$11,000.00 per acre|
|2||$8,600.00 per acre|
|3||$1,800.00 per acre|
Does Transportation Levy apply to your development? To learn more about what potential zone you are located follow the link Transportation Levy Zoning Map.
How do I calculate my Transportation Levy?
|Size of your parcel in acres||X||Zone Category Dollar Amount per Acre (Zone 1, 2, or 3)||=||The amount of Transportation Levies Owing|
Offsite Levies for West Aqua Waterline, BYLAW NO. 3016
The County of Grande Prairie has invested in the West Aqua Waterline to provide the opportunity to offer Municipal Services to more County ratepayers. When the County authorizes new development adjacent to the West Aqua Waterline, the County requires the Developer, as a condition of development approval to construct at the Developer’s expense, water and sewer mains, and services.
Is your development adjacent to the West Aqua Waterline? To learn more follow the link West Aqua Waterline Map.
Need More Assistance?
In order, to better answer your specific questions regarding any outstanding fees associated with your development please contact the Planning and Development Department at 780-513-3950 or email email@example.com.
Minimum, median and maximum wage estimates for a range of occupations in the Region are displayed on the Federal Government Job Bank website. The wages are specific to an occupation and provide information on earnings of workers at the regional level.
Wages for most occupations are also provided at the national and provincial level. In Canada, all jobs are associated with one specific occupational grouping which is determined by the National Occupational Classification (NOC). Job Bank
Businesses in The County of Grande Prairie benefit from:
No provincial sales tax
No payroll tax
No inventory tax
No machinery and equipment tax
No health care premiums
Lower personal income tax rates
The lowest fuel tax among provinces
Starting Jan. 1, 2017, the small-business tax rate in Alberta was cut from 3% to 2% — giving Alberta the second-lowest small-business tax rate in the country, tied with Saskatchewan.
Provincial corporate income tax rate of 12%