Economic Facts

Major Regional Employers

Alberta Health Services-Peace Country Health ( is the region's largest public sector employer. It employs 3,400 people who provide health services to a population of 130,000, making it not only the largest employer in the Peace Country but also the largest employer north of Edmonton.

Major Public Sector Regional Employers include:

Several Provincial Government offices are located with the region -






Four Major Forestry Companies are located within the region including:


Other major employers in the oil and gas, hospitality and research and development disciplines include:


Agricultural Production  The County has extensive areas of highly productive agricultural land. Products include wheat, barley, canola, rye, flax, oats, peas, alfalfa, timothy, fescue, clover, saskatoons, peat moss, red meat, poultry, swine, eggs, dairy, table produce and honey. There are approximately 500 cattle producers, 5 dairy producers, 100 swine producers, 45 sheep producers, and 10 commercial poultry producers within the County of Grande Prairie.


Forestry Production Canfor has been a part of industry in Grande Prairie and area for decades, manufacturing a high quality lumber used throughout North America. Procter and Gamble Cellulose opened the doors of its Kraft pulp mill and saw mill in 1973, which was purchased in 1992 by Weyerhaeuser Canada. Today they generate over 50 percent of Alberta's annual pulp production. Adjacent to the Weyerhaeuser plant is Sterling Chemical's plant which produces sodium chlorate, a substitute for chlorine in the kraft pulp mill bleaching process. Risley Equipment Ltd., which is based out of Grande Prairie, plays a major role in the development and manufacturing of innovative products and technology serving the forestry industry.

Financial Institutions

All the major financial institutions have offices conveniently located within the City of Grande Prairie. These include:


Information Resources

The following websites are useful resources for Economic Development related information that pertains to the Greater Grande Prairie Region and the whole of Alberta.


 QUICK FACTS: About the County of Grande Prairie No.1

  • Latitude: 55° 10' N Longitude: 118° 53' W
  • Elevation: 669.00 m
  • Time Zone: MST
  • Total Area: 5,863 km² or 1,448,778 acres
  • Population density per km²: 3.5 people per km²
  • Current population: 20,347 (2011 Federal Census).
  • Population change from 2006 to 2011: 13.5 (2011 Federal Census).
  • Total Dwellings: 7,620 dwellings (2011Federal Census)


Planning and Development Statistics

The County of Grande Prairie came off a five-year period of record development. Total development permits of all types averaged 694 per year. In 2008, the number of residential permits dropped below average by nine percent, and drops in commerical and industrial development below the five year average were measured as well. However, permits issued for accessory buildings and other development were well above the five year average as existing new properties were upgraded. Accessory building development increased 26 percent and other forms of development grew 40 percent over the five-year average. For the most part, development moderated overall in the County but property owners continued to improve existing properties.

Overall the County is pleased to be able to accommodate the level of record growth experienced in the region over the past five years and will continue to take a leadership role in planning and facilitating economic and community development opportunities for the Greater Grande Prairie area.

For the latest monthly statistics released by Planning and Development of the County of Grande Prairie, click here.

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