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Economic Development

Invest in the County of St. Paul and Region

The County of St. Paul is proudly a part of Regional Economic Development organization, Alberta HUB, which believes all successful business is built upon even more successful friendships. By encouraging investment, pursuing labor force development and municipal collaboration Alberta HUB is able to build on the region’s current levels of activity and work. Our region enjoys a diverse economy with a wide range of investment and business opportunities. We encourage you to explore our region and discover its opportunities.

All information below sourced from Alberta HUB.

Quick Facts
  • Top Industry: 1. Oil and Gas, 2. Agriculture
  • Population: 6,468 (2017 Municipal Census)
  • Value of all Regional Building Permits: $462,000,000 (2015)
  • Non-Residential Mill Rate: 17.5074 (2017)
  • Value of Major Projects in the Region: $29,221,000,000 (2017)
  • Participant in Regional Economic Development through Alberta HUB.
  • Broadband Provider(s): CCI, MCSNet, XplorNet
  • Broadband Capacity: Up to 2 Mb/s; Down to 20 Mb/s

Development Information

Oil and Gas in the Region
The eastern side of the County of St. Paul, located on the Cold Lake Oil sands area, is experiencing major oil development. Pengrowth has a SAGD facility in the County with an investment of over 1 billion dollars.

Over 8,000 oil/gas wells exist as CNRL, Husky and Devon Energy continue with drilling programs. Major upstream oil service companies have established a presence in the County. Reasonable land costs, developed infrastructure and direct access to markets make St. Paul County a wise choice for investment.
Agriculture Profile

The County of St. Paul's diversified agricultural economy helps to make this one of the biggest industry sectors in the region. The County boasts 680 farms (2016) producing coarse grains such as wheat, barley and canola. Pea field acreages are also increasing. 2016 Gross Farm Receipts exceeded $163 million. The County is home to a large number of cattle, dairy, hog and poultry farms.

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Transportation Profile

Highway 36 and 41 run north/south through the County accessing U.S. markets to the south and the oil sands areas of the north.

Highway 28, a main east/west highway, runs through the County connecting major development to suppliers. The St. Paul and Elk Point Airports offer excellent air services. Rail access is gained 90 km south to the CN main line.

Tourism Profile

The Tourism and Recreation sector is a growing industry in the County and offers excellent investment opportunities. The County of St. Paul features numerous campsites, museums, major attractions, numerous events and family activities.

A major part of Alberta's Iron Horse Trail winds it way through the County providing breath-taking views. Some provincial historic sites include the Fort George-Buckingham House in the Elk Point area, and the Frog Lake Memorial Site in Frog Lake.

Community and Lifestyle Profile
The area is an ideal destination for the outdoors-man with its wealth of provincial and municipal campgrounds. The advantages of living in the County include country living with access to excellent services for education, medical and social programs.

The County of St. Paul also boasts a strong people-orientated community with various events, festivals and activities all throughout the year.


Business Support


Turn your dream into a reality. The region has support systems for your business.
St. Paul Chamber of Commerce:
The Chamber exists to:
  • Advance existing business and support economic development initiatives;
  • Constructively influence public policy and governments in support of a healthy business climate; and to
  • Provide valuable support, tools and programs for our members.
St. Paul Community Futures:
  • Their small business specialists connect you with the skills, financing and resources you need to succeed.
Other Business Services in the Region
  • ATB Financial
  • Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce
  • Servus Credit Union
  • TD Canada Trust
  • Farm Credit Corp Canada
  • H&R Block
  • Kalyna Country Tourism Marketing
  • Northeast Alberta Information HUB Ltd
  • Alberta’s Lakeland Tourism
  • Community Futures
  • St Paul-Smoky Lake Region
  • St Paul Journal
  • Portage College