Welcome to Lacombe

                                                                                                                                                                                                The City of Lacombe is a vibrant, fast-growing community of over 12,000 residents that welcomes innovation and enterprise while honouring its architectural and historical heritage. Alberta’s newest city offers a rich natural environment of lakes and green spaces, along with an unrivalled range of lifestyle amenities and recreational opportunities.

Lacombe offers modern subdivisions, a full range of schools, the Canadian University College, a hospital and first-class recreation facilities. The high quality of life in this picturesque community makes it an ideal location to live, work, play, learn and invest in.

For more information about the City of Lacombe, please visit www.lacombe.ca.

For the online Lacombe events calender, please go to www.lacombeevents.ca.

For visitor information, please to go www.lacombetourism.ca.

 

 

 

Area Overview

LOCATION

  • Intersection of Highways 2, 12 and 2A
  • 25 kilometres north of Red Deer
  • 160 klilometres north of Calgary
  • 120 kilometres south of Edmonton
  • Surrounding Rural Municipality: Lacombe County
  • Elevation – 853 metres
  • Latitude/Longitude: 52 degrees/28 minutes North; 113 degrees/44 minutes West

 

COMMUNITY OVERVIEW

Nestled in one of Central Alberta's most fertile valleys, the City of Lacombe is a fast-growing community that welcomes innovation and enterprise while honouring its vibrant heritage.

Lacombe's carefully restored Edwardian-style downtown district provides great sightseeing, niche shopping and dining experiences. The city's iconic Flatiron Building's interpretive centre, Michener House Museum and Alberta's only working Blacksmith Shop are major visitor attractions.

Lacombe's attractive quality of life combines the economic momentum generated by its advantageous location in the heart of the bustling Calgary-Edmonton corridor with years of steady population and economic growth.

Living in Lacombe is comfortable and convenient. The city offers all the services and amenities necessary for a growing population of 12,000 residents. Lacombe prides itself on being a community that takes care of people. The town has excellent schools, including Canadian University College, a hospital, library, arena, curling rink, indoor pool, spray park and an extensive trails network, plus top-notch parks, playgrounds, playing fields and natural areas.

Situated at the intersection of Highways 2 and 12, Lacombe is a regional transportation hub that includes convenient rail access and a municipal airport serving light aircraft. A number of prime industrial lots are currently available at affordable prices, with even more recently annexed lands in the early development stages. The town's proximity to large petro-chemical facilities at Joffre and Prentiss presents numerous opportunities for related businesses.


 

Location

A picturesque, fast-growing community of 12,000 residents, the City of Lacombe offers modern subdivisions, a full range of schools, including Canadian University College, a hospital and first-class recreation facilities. Lacombe's high quality of life makes it an ideal location for focusing your personal and professional energies.

Lacombe is one of Central Alberta's most appealing and progressive communities, with a strong local government emphasis on sustainability. Volunteerism is encouraged and participation in local activities, programs and community organizations is high.

Living in Lacombe is comfortable and convenient, offering all the urban services and amenities necessary for a growing population. Lacombe prides itself on being a community that takes care of people. The city has excellent schools, including Canadian University College, a fully-accredited, degree-granting post-secondary institution with century-old connection roots in the community. You'll also find a hospital, library, arena, curling rink, indoor pool, spray park and an extensive trails network, plus top-notch parks, playgrounds, playing fields and natural areas. In 2007, the state-of-the-art Lacombe Memorial Centre and Public Library opened its doors downtown to serve as a hub of community activity.

Beyond the attractive Edwardian-style architecture which characterizes much of the historic downtown, the community's charm is enhanced by dozens of beautiful heritage homes located on avenues shaded by massive trees.

Parks and green spaces and natural areas abound in Lacombe, many of them linked to a chain of small lakes by an extensive network of woodland trails. Golfers know that Lacombe is the perfect place stay and play, with over 30 golf courses located within a 75 kilometre radius of the town. Dozens of other recreational opportunities can be found on Lacombe's doorstep and throughout the Central Alberta region.

Lacombe's central location makes it one of Alberta's most accessible towns. Red Deer is just 25 kilometres to the south, while both Calgary (160 kilometres) and Edmonton (120 kilometres) lie within easy driving distance. Lacombe is also in close proximity to Alberta's Rocky Mountain playground (150 kilometres), and a number of lakes are much closer to home (Gull Lake, 12 kilometres; Alix Lake, 45 kilometres; Sylvan Lake, Buffalo Lake, Pine Lake).

As home to federal and provincial research stations, the City of Lacombe has long been a leader in the agricultural industry. Lacombe's economy includes a growing oilfield service and manufacturing sector. The town's largest employer is Alberta Financial Services Corporation, with over 400 full-time staff serving the needs of Alberta farmers.

Situated at the intersection of Highways 2 and 12, Lacombe is a regional transportation hub that includes convenient rail access and a municipal airport serving light aircraft. A number of prime industrial lots are currently available at affordable prices, with even more recently annexed lands in the early development stages. The city's proximity to large petro-chemical facilities at Joffre and Prentiss presents numerous opportunities for related businesses.

Lacombe is proud to be Alberta's newest city. We encourage you to pay a visit and discover all we have to offer!


 

Economic Base

Retail

Grow with Confidence

The City of Lacombe is growing by at least 3 per cent anually, and is the right place to put your business. Lacombe offers great potential for all types of retail businesses where the operational costs are low and the rewards high.

Harmony in Lacombe

The harmonious juxtaposition of old and the new, coupled with easy access to the large consumer population of Red Deer - just 18 kilometers to the south - has given Lacombe a unique potential in retail marketing. Historic downtown Lacombe offers boutiques, craft shops, artistic outlets, ethnic-oriented cafes, and mini-museums to visitors and locals.

Business Opportunities

The business opportunities for new store owners are enticing. Land and building costs are reasonable, and lease space can be obtained in the $10.00 to $21.00 range - a far cry from what the larger centres demand.

Alberta Main Street Program

Lacombe was selected by Heritage Canada and Alberta Culture for this project, geared towards downtown revitalization within a "heritage" framework. Lacombe's historical character was ideally suited for the program, and after six years saw the refurbishing of 35 buildings, the addition of new street lights, new trees and downtown landscaping.

Lacombe Chamber of Commerce

Lacombe can truly say it has an active Chamber. The business community has a legacy of lasting projects sponsored by the Chamber.

 

Industrial

Our remaining Light and Heavy Industrial property is priced to sell, based on a strict cost recovery of lands held by the City of Lacombe. The price of Lacombe's serviced industrial property is a reasonable $110,000.00 per acre. 

Also, competitively priced lots in Lacombe's newest industrial park - east of Wolf Creek Industrial Park - are being pre-sold. The lots will be serviced with City services, and the tentative lot outlines can be tailored to specific needs and uses. A rail line runs adjacent to the property, and can prove advantageous to big bulk users.

With over $22 million in construction completed between 2006 and 2008, it's an exciting time to be doing business in Lacombe. As well, Lacombe's close proximity to oil, gas and petrochemical facilities makes it a great place to base your petroleum focused operations.


 

Economic Facts

Population and Dwelling Counts Lacombe, Town Alberta
Total Total
Population in 2006 10,742 3,290350
Population in 2001 9,384 2,974,807
2001 to 2006 population change (%) 14.5 10.6
Total private dwellings 4,037 1,335,745
Population density per square kilometre 588.8 5.1
Land area (square km) 18.24 640,044.57

 

Labour Force Indicators Lacombe, Town Alberta
  Total Male Female Total Male Female
Participation rate 70.4 80.1 61.7 74.01 80.3 67.7
Employment rate 67.7 77.5 58.6 70.9 77.0 64.7
Unemployment rate 3.9 3.0 4.7 4.3 4.1 4.4

 

Industry Lacombe, Town Alberta
Total Male Female Total Male Female
Total - Experienced labour force 5,745 3,125 2,615 1,928,635 1,043,790 884,850
Agriculture and other resource-based industries 750 630 115 228,520 168,230 60,285
Manufacturing and construction industries 840 760 180 307,785 246,365 61,450
Wholesale and retail trade 920 420 400 29,170 149,875 142,295
Finance and real estate 265 95 170 97,465 40,510 56,960
Health and education 1225 245 975 295,660 64,210 231,455
Business services 640 415 225 354,265 212,695 141,575
Other services 1,000 455 550 352,760 161,925 190,835

 

 

Lacombe Town

Alberta

Occupation

Total

Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Total - Experienced labour force

5,740

3,125

2,620

1,928,635

1,043,790

884,850

Management occupations

480

310

170

187,240

121,045

66,195

Business, finance and administration occupations

825

185

655

340,430

86,675

253,755

Natural and applied sciences and related occupations

335

270

65

144,240

114,280

29,955

Health occupations

355

45

305

103,620

19,140

84,475

Social science, education, government service and religion

410

135

275

136,610

43,620

92,990

Art, culture, recreation and sport

120

20

100

45,160

18,530

26,630

Sales and service occupations

1,310

480

830

438,105

175,920

262,185

Trades, transport and equipment operators and related occupations

1,280

1,160

115

350,360

323,725

26,635

Occupations unique to primary industry

400

335

65

117,500

92,145

25,355

Occupations unique to processing, manufacturing and utilities

225

180

45

65,365

48,705

16,665

 

 


 

Utilities

  • Electric Power: Epcor
  • Natural Gas: Direct Energy
  • Telephone: Telus
  • High speed internet: Telus
  • Cable TV: Shaw Cable
  • Recycling facilities located on Wolf Creek Drive
  • Municipal Utilities Services Water
  • Regional Water Supply
  • 3 Pump Stations: reservoir capacity 1.5 million gallons.
  • System Capacity: 18,000 population 
  • SewerAerated Lagoon SystemStorage Capacity: 141,000,000 gallons
  • System Capacity: 15,000 population
  • Rates: 40% of water charges
  • Garbage - Residential and Commercial container pickup
  • Door-to-door blue box recycling available through a private company
  • Disposal through regional solid waste authority.

More details: www.lacombe.ca


 

Taxation

MUNICIPAL TAXATION

Property taxes are based on the market value of the land plus buildings, multiplied by the mill rate established by the local government authority. Assessments, and the resulting tax, reflect a 12-month period (January 1 - December 31). Tax notices are mailed in May and must be paid prior to June 30 to avoid late payment penalties. 2010 mill rates: residential 6.6025, non-residential 8.2307.

For more information, please contact:

Michael Minchin
Town of Lacombe Corporate Services Director
5432 56th  Avenue
Lacombe, Alberta  T4L 1E9
403-782-6666
403-782-5655 fax
mail@lacombe.ca
www.lacombe.ca

 

PROVINCIAL & FEDERAL CORPORATE TAXATION

All corporate residents in Canada are subject to income tax levied upon income earned within the taxation year from all sources, worldwide. The owners of proprietorships and partnerships are required to record earnings as self-employed income in their personal income tax return. Corporations are required to file a return separate from the owner’s personal tax return. Corporations located in Alberta must submit separate income tax returns to the federal government and to the Alberta government. Foreign companies with individual or branches operating in Canada are liable for Canadian income tax on profits derived from their Canadian business operations.

For further information on Alberta Corporate Tax, contact:

Alberta Treasury
Tax and Revenue Administration
Sir Frederick W. Haultain Building
9811 109th Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2L5
780-427-3044
780-422-3770 fax 
www.finance.gov.ab.ca

 

The Income Tax Division of Revenue Canada provides free booklets to help small businesses with their taxation responsibilities. They include: Starting a New Business Books and Records Filing Requirements Taxpayer Services Taxpayer Rights and Obligations as well as supplementary guides for business income tax and Revenue Canada services. Revenue Canada also provides free seminars on varied tax topics at different times throughout the year.

For further information on federal taxes, remittances, deadlines, etc., contact:

Revenue Canada, Business Window
Main Floor, 9700 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4C8
780-495-3200 or 1-800-959-5525
www.cra-arc.gc.ca



 

Transportation

HIGHWAYS

For information on major or secondary routes and connections throughout Alberta, contact:

Regional Transportation Office
Alberta Transportation & Utilities
4th Floor, Provincial Building
4920 - 51 Street
Red Deer, Alberta T4N 6K8
Phone: (403) 340-5166
Fax: (403) 340-4876
E-mail: weditor@tugov.ab.ca
Web Site: http://www.tu.gov.ab.ca

 

RAILWAYS - FREIGHT SERVICES

A complete package of freight services to anywhere in the world is provided in Red Deer by CP Rail and CN Rail. For further information, please contact:

CP Rail Systems
Carload Rate: 1-888-406-5347
Carload Freight: (403) 346-2189
Yard Office: (403) 346-2182
Roadmaster: (403) 347-6102
CN RailCarload Rate: 1-888-668-4626
Customer Service Line: 1-866-9-CN-RAIL (1-866-926-7245)
Roadmaster: (403) 346-4015

 

AIRPORT

The City of Lacombe owns the airport. The Lacombe Airport is located north-east of the city on highway 2A. Facilities include: terminal, club house, non-directional beacon (NBD), medium intensity lights, Avgas 100LL, ARCAL -122.8 Unicom and asphalt runways.

Runway - #16/34 north-south – 3,000 feet Elevation 2,783 feet A.S.L.

The Calgary International Airport is located 165 km. south of Lacombe via Highway #2.

The Edmonton International Airport is located 100 km north of Lacombe via Highway #2.


 

Community Lifestyle

RECREATION

Lacombe is a commumity that offers residents a wide variety of first-class recreational amemnites. Municipal facilities include a Sports & Leisure Complex incorporating an arena, curling rink, indoor pool and outdoor spray park. Outdoor venues include 16 ball diamonds, eight soccer pitches, a running track, campground and seasonal skating rinks. Lacombe's multiple lakes and natural areas are the perfect setting for an extensive network of trails and pathways for walking, jogging and cycling.

The City's premiere public facility is the new Lacombe Memorial Centre, a large multi-use community centre and library located within the downtown commercial district. The state-of-the-art Memorial Centre features multiple rooms and options for banquets, meetings and large public events and private functions. A large atrium and coffee bar overlooks the attractive gardens and Lawns of Lest We Forget Park next door. The creative efforts of local artists are displayed throughout the building.

Other recreational options in Lacombe include a stocked fishing pond, a two-screen movie theatre, a bowling alley and a number of charming restaurants, lounges and bistros.

 

Recreation Services:  403-782-1272

Parks & Facility Superintendent:  403-782-5621

Lacombe Memorial Centre:  403-782-1222

  

ATTRACTIONS

The City of Lacombe and the surrounding Lacombe County area abound with places to experience and explore. Details about these and other local attractions and events can be found on the Lacombe Regional Tourism website at www.lacombetourism.com. A Visitor Information Centre is located in the Chamber of Commerce building on Highway 12 near Michener Park.

  • Lacombe Interpretive Centre (downtown in the historic Flatiron Building)
  • Historic Lacombe downtown walking tour
  • Downtown Lacombe murals
  • Michener House Museum
  • Lacombe Blacksmith Shop
  • Lacombe trails system (trailhead at Cranna Lake)
  • Lacombe Trout Pond
  • Ellis Bird Farm
  • Lacombe Corn Maze
  • Lacombe Farmer's Market (seasonal)
  • Double Dimple Mini-Golf
  • Aspen Beach Provincial Park (Gull Lake)
  • Alix Lake Beach & Campground 
  • Medicine Lodge Ski Club
  • Central Alberta Sailing Club
  • J.J. Collett Natural Area
  • Xtreme Raceways 

 

COMMUNITY SERVICES

Lacombe enjoys a complete retail and service sector, including professional and medical services, a tertiary hospital and numerous places of worship. The municipality operates its own police, fire and ambulance services.

For more information on local community services, visit the Business section of the City of Lacombe website at www.lacombe.ca or the Lacombe & District Chamber of Commerce website at www.lacombechamber.ca.

 

Community Economic Development Office:  403-782-1263

Lacombe & District Chamber of Commerce:  403-782-4300


 

Education

Public Schools

  • J.S. McCormick School - Kindergarten to grade 3 

  • Father Lacombe Catholic School - Kindergarten to grade 7 

  • Lacombe Upper Elementary School - Grades 4, 5 and 6 

  • Lacombe Junior High School - Grades 7, 8 and 9 

  • Lacombe Composite High School - Grades 10, 11 and 12 

  • Terrace Ridge School - Kindergarten to grade 8 

  • Lacombe Outreach School

 

Private Schools

  • Lacombe Christian School - Kindergarten to grade 9 

  • Central AB Christian High School - Grades 10, 11 and 12 

  • College Heights Christian School - Kindergarten to grade 7 

  • Parkview Adventist Academy - Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 

  • First Step Adult Education - An adult learning environment


 

Post Secondary

Canadian University College

5415 College Avenue
Lacombe AB  T4L 2E5
1-800-661-8129
www.cauc.ca

At CUC College they believe in the complete university college experience.  They provide an environment where acedemic, physical and spiritual growth is encouraged.  Over twenty fully accredited bachelor degree programs in Business, Education, Music, Religious Studies, Science and more...

You can complete your degree right here in Lacombe Alberta.

 

Red Deer College

56 Avenue and 32nd Street
Red Deer AB 
403-342-3300
www.rdc.ab.ca


 

Healthcare

Front-line health care services in the City of Lacombe are provided by:

  • Lacombe Community Health Care Centre (70 acute care and long-term care beds)
  • Lacombe Public Health Dept.
  • Lacombe Ambulance Service
  • Two medical clinics
  • Walk-in clinic
  • A number of practitioners in dentistry, chiropractic and optometry

Advanced medical services are delivered via the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, which is located 25 kilometres from Lacombe.


 

Emergency Services

Emergency and protective services are delivered in the City of Lacombe through these municipal agencies:

  • Lacombe Police Service
  • Lacombe Municipal Ambulance Service (Advanced Life Support - paramedic)
  • Lacombe Fire Department (volunteer)


Lacombe is an active participant in mutual aid agreements with neighbouring municipalities.


 

Community Services

Community Recreation Coordinator
Sandi Stewart
403-782-1266
sstewart@lacombe.ca

 


Planning & Development Services Department
(including permits for building, gas, electrical, plumbing)
403-782-1264
permits@lacombe.ca

Lacombe Sports & Leisure Complex
5429 53rd Street
recreation@lacombe.ca
Swimming Pool Office: 403-782-1278
Swimming Pool Schedule: 403-782-1277
Arenas: 403-782-6556
Curling Rink: 403-782-6277
Campground Inquiries: 403-782-1250

Infrastructure Services Office
403-782-1261
403-782-3880 (after hours)
403-782-2234 fax

Lacombe Police Service
403-782-3279

Lacombe Fire Department
403-782-1268

Lacombe Ambulance Service
403-782-8812

Lacombe Community Health Centre (hospital)
403-782-3336

Lacombe Memorial Centre
403-782-1222

Lacombe Public Library
403-782-3433

Family & Community Support Services
403-782-6637

Neighbourhood Place
403-782-0886

Lacombe & District Chamber of Commerce
403-782-4300
www.lacombechamber.ca

Wolf Creek Public Schools (division office)
403-783-3473
www.wolfcreek.ab.ca

Canadian University College
403-782-3381
www.cauc.ca

Lacombe County Municipal Office
403-782-6601

 

CITY OF LACOMBE WEBSITE:
www.lacombe.ca

ONLINE LACOMBE EVENTS CALENDER:
www.lacombeevents.ca

VISITOR INFORMATION:
www.lacombetourism.ca


 

Climate

Temperature – Seasonal Averages

January: -15.5 C (4.1 F)
April: 3.1 C (37.6 F)
July: 16.1 C (60.9 F)
October: 4.7 C (40.5 F)

Annual Precipitation
Rain: 44.6 cm (17.6 in)
Snow: 1213 cm (48 in)

Frost Free Days 99

Hours of Sunshine per Year 2,125


 

Key Contacts

City of Lacombe

5432 56th Avenue
Lacombe, AB  T4L 1E9
403-782-6666
403-782-5655 fax
mail@lacombe.ca
www.lacombe.ca

  

Mayor
Steve Christie
403-782-1271
schristie@lacombe.ca

Chief Administrative Officer
Norma MacQuarrie
403-782-1259
nmacquarrie@lacombe.ca

Corporate Services Director
Michael Minchin
403-782-1253
mminchin@lacombe.ca

Community Services Director
Brenda Vaughan
403-782-1295
bvaughan@lacombe.ca

Community Economic Development Manager
Guy Lapointe
403-782-1263
glapointe@lacombe.ca

Manager of Planning & Development Services
Carol-Lynn Gilchrist
403-782-1238
clgilchrist@lacombe.ca

Communications Officer
Deven Kumar 
403-782-1280
dkumar@lacombe.ca

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Planning & Development Services
(including permits for building, gas, electrical, plumbing)
403-782-1264
permits@lacombe.ca

Infrastructure Services Office
403-782-1261
403-782-3880 (after hours)
403-782-2234 fax

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Provincial Government Representative

Raymond Prins (PC)
Member of the Legislative Assembly for Lacombe-Ponoka

Constituency Office
101 - 4892 46th Street 
Lacombe, AB   T4L 2B4
403-782-7725
1-800-565-6432 toll free
403-782-3307 fax
lacombe.ponoka@assembly.ab.ca

Legislature Office
#503 Legislature Building
10800 97th Avenue
Edmonton, AB  T5K 2B6
780-422-3353
780-422-0351 fax

Alberta Finance and Enterprise
Dawna Allard
Regional Manager, South Central
Alberta Finance and Enterprise
T: 403.340.5302 | F: 403.340.5231 | E. dawna.allard@gov.ab.ca

Federal Government Representative 

Blaine Calkins (Conservative)
Member of Parliament for Wetaskiwin

Parliamentary Office
House of Commons
Room 802 Justice Building
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6
613-995-8886
1-800-665-0865 toll free Alberta only
613-996-9860 fax
Calkins.B@parl.gc.ca

Constituency Office
6 - 4612 50th Street
Ponoka, AB  T4J 1S7
403-783-5530
403-783-5532 fax
calkib1@parl.gc.ca


 
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