Strathcona County

Review the Business Climate

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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 Strathcona County and help you answer the following fundamental questions.

What is the business climate in Strathcona County?

We have compiled the most important aspects of Strathcona County’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.

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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 Strathcona County and assistance available to Strathcona County businesses.

Corporate Taxes

Strathcona County, located in the Greater Edmonton Region, benefits from the Alberta advantage when it comes to corporate income taxes. Prominent benefits include; no provincial sales tax, no payroll tax, no health care premiums, and lower personal income tax rates. Alberta continues to be a great place to do business thanks to its infrastructure, strong urban growth centers, increasingly diverse economy, growing population and lucrative investment opportunities.

As of January 1, 2017, the general Alberta corporate income tax rate is 12 per cent. The Alberta small business income tax rate is 2 per cent for eligible small businesses with income up to $500,000.

The combined federal / provincial corporate income tax rate in the Strathcona County is 27 per cent for general businesses, 14 per cent for small businesses, and a 9.14 per cent tax on machinery and equipment.

2017 Commercial / Industrial / Institutional Development Fees
(additional fees for advertising and notification may apply)

Permitted uses (includes building with a gross floor area up to 232 m2)

* plus a building fee of 5.00 / m² for each additional m² over 232 m² OR for structures $0.10 / $1,000 project value (to a maximum of $100,000) and may be a combination of both

*$700
New tenant use in an existing / approved building $500

Discretionary uses (includes building with a gross floor area up to 232 m²)

* plus a building/structure fee of 5.00/m² for each additional m² over 232m² OR $0.10 / $1,000 project value (to a maximum of $100,000)

*$1,250
New tenant use in an existing / approved building $1,000
Change in tenancy (no change in use) $250

Additions / alterations/renovations for existing / approved buildings

* plus a building/structure fee of 5.00/m² for each additional m² over 232m² OR $0.10 / $1,000 project value (to a maximum of $100,000) New tenant use in an existing / approved building

*$500
Accessory buildings (minimum fee $450 and maximum fee $2,500) $3.50/sq.m
Variance request (in addition to applicable permit fee) $250

For more information click here

Fee Schedules

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Offsite Development Levies Bylaw
Offsite Development Levies Comparison 2016-17
Capital Cost Recovery for Heartland Roads (CIAC) Policy

CARBON LEVIES AND REBATES

Provincial Carbon Levy

As of January 1 of 2017, a carbon levy is now charged on all fuels that emit greenhouse gas emissions when combusted at a rate of $20 / tonne in 2017 and $30 / tonne in 2018. The rate is based on the amount of carbon pollution released by the fuel when it is combusted, not on the mass of fuel itself. These include transportation and heating fuels such as diesel, gasoline, natural gas and propane. The levy does not apply to electricity.

Over the next 5 years, revenue from the Climate Leadership Plan, including the carbon levy, is expected to raise $9.6 billion, all of which will be reinvested in the economy and rebated to Albertans. This includes $3.4 billion towards investments in large scale renewable energy, bioenergy and technology and $865 million to pay for a cut in the small business tax rate from 3% to 2%.

More information on the carbon levy can be found at the Government of Alberta, click here

Federal Carbon Levy

Beginning January 1 of 2018, the Canadian federal government will begin charging $10 / tonne of greenhouse gasses emitted by fuels. This amount will increase by an additional $10 / tonne annually until reaching the maximum of $50 / tonne in 2022.

There will be no charge to emitters in provinces whose existing carbon levy is equal to or greater than the federal amount. This will apply to Alberta until 2021, when the difference between the Alberta carbon levy and Canadian carbon levy will be added to the total of the Alberta levy to reach the new minimum ($40 / tonne).

Strathcona County is committed to fostering a strong and diverse workforce that capitalizes on the inherent strengths of the region. The Region boasts competitive location-sensitive costs for standardized commercial and industrial operations.

A summary of the average hourly earnings for the Strathcona County and Greater Edmonton Region is shown in the table below. Learn more

Major Industry Year Average Hourly Wage
Agriculture 2015 $16.68
Oil and gas extraction201540.34
Utilities 2015 N/A
Construction 2015 $34.66
Manufacturing 2015 $29.7
Wholesale trade 2015 $29.87
Retail trade 2015 $18.97
Transportation and warehousing 2015 $27.77
Finance, insurance, real estate and leasing 2015 $27.9
Professional, scientific and technical services 2015 $36.08
Business, building and other support services 2015 $21.34
Educational services 2015 $36.24
Health care and social assistance 2015 $28.7
Information, culture and recreation 2015 $18.93
Accommodation and food services 2015 $14.89
Public administration 2015 $39.29

Source: Alberta Wage and Salary Survey 2015

Alberta is one of the most affordable places in Canada to live. Here is a look at some of the financial benefits of life in Alberta.

Families in Alberta typically enjoy a higher family income than other parts of Canada. Median total single-family household income is $141,754.50 . Also, 50.1% of household incomes are equal or greater than $125,000.

  • No business licence fees or registrations
  • No provincial sales tax
  • No payroll tax
  • No inventory tax
  • No health care premiums
  • Free provincial health care insurance
  • Lower personal income tax rates
  • Many federal and provincial incentives and grants available
  • Small business income tax rate of 2%*
  • Corporate income tax rate of 12%

*Industry Canada’s definition of small business - firms that have fewer than 100 employees

Financing is a vital component of business planning. Strathcona County has many options available. For a comprehensive list of Federal, Provincial, regional, and local programs, as well as venture capital groups, and banks, click here

How do I use this information?

Having access to business climate statistics and information is one thing, but it's quite another to use data effectively and in a way that will benefit your business. This next section will help you do just that. Learn how to use this information to make better business decisions.

Monitor the local business climate

On-going assessment of the business climate is an essential part of operating a competitive business. In any business climate, there are numerous factors outside your control that will impact your business, both positively and negatively. The health of the economy impacts all businesses, but small businesses usually feel the effect of economic changes faster than big businesses. Improvements in the economy typically provide a rapid increase in new opportunities for small businesses, while an economic downturn can have a significant and prolonged negative impact.

Unfortunately, you can’t influence the economy, but you can monitor the business climate indicators provided above and then take the necessary actions to minimize risks to your business. Staying up to date with the business climate can also help you identify new opportunities that your business can take advantage of.

Know your costs

All industries are unique and incur different types of costs when starting or operating. Understanding these costs is essential when it comes to setting prices, budgeting and planning for growth or downturns. We’ve provided some of the local costs associated with taxes, development and labour that often get overlooked by businesses. There may be other municipal and provincial costs that apply to your business so we encourage you to contact us to find out more.

Where can I learn more about the business climate?

While we are providing you with a range of valuable information about the business climate, the fact is that there's much more available. In this section we provide you with links to other websites that will supplement our information and help to keep your finger on the pulse.

There may also be other municipal and provincial costs that apply to your business so we encourage you to contact us to find out more.

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Strathcona County Economic Development and Tourism
780-464-8095
scedt@strathcona.ca

2001 Sherwood Drive, Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada