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Community Economic Development Tools

Education, tools, associations and more. 

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Economic Development Tools

Alberta Affordable housing programs

Housing options for Albertans with low income, including families, seniors, and individuals with special needs.

Alberta Economic Dashboard

The dashboard compiles the Alberta economy's most important indicators for businesses in one place. Get a quick snapshot of our current economic state or explore each indicator in more detail.

Alberta Major Projects

An inventory of private and public sector projects in Alberta valued at $5 million or greater.

Alberta Municipalities 

An economic development resources hub. 

Alberta Purchasing Connection 

A tool that lets public and private sector users manage, advertise, distribute, and download public purchasing opportunities for goods, services, and construction in Alberta.

Alberta Regional Dashboard

The Alberta Regional Dashboard helps answer your questions about living, working, investing and doing business in Alberta’s diverse regions.

Canadian Community Economic Development Network 

A collection of resources and media, we seek to strengthen Community Economic Development knowledge and practice across Canada. 

Community and Economic Development

Indicators, supports, funding and grants for economic development.

Economic Development Alberta 

Alberta's leading economic development network. 

Economic Development Online 

Economic Development Online is your 24/7 resource for best practices and self-directed learning.

Economic outlook, analysis and statistics

Alberta Activity Index, economic outlook, analysis, trends, labour market and Office of Statistics and Information publications and data.

Prairies Economic Development Canada

PrairiesCan supports business, innovation and community economic development unique to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Rural Development Network 

RDN is a national nonprofit that supports the sustainability of rural, remote, First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities across Canada.

Rural Municipalities of Alberta toolkit

The Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) is an independent association that provides a list of their reports, toolkits, and guides that will help you in your advocacy efforts.


Investment Attraction

Export Development Canada

Confidently enter markets, reduce financial risk, and grow your business with help from Export Development Canada. 

Invest Alberta 

Promotes investment opportunities in Alberta. 

Invest Canada 

Promotes Canadian investment opportunities. 



Alberta Southwest 

Regional collaboration among 15 vibrant rural communities strives to support local business and attract new enterprise to the region. 

Alberta Tourism Market Monitor

Monthly tourism data on travel, accommodation and attendance statistics.

Canadian Badlands 

Just a scenic drive from several urban hubs including Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon and the northern US, the Canadian Badlands is a unique travel and tourism region in southeastern Alberta.


Destination Development Association

The Destination Development Association provides essential resources to help you make your community a sustainable, thriving place where people love to live, work, and visit. 

Indigenous Tourism Alberta

Indigenous Tourism Alberta (ITA) encourages and promotes authentic Indigenous tourism that showcases the unique and immersive experiences offered by its members.


Access resources and materials to help promote Alberta as a tourist location. 

Alt energy

Alternative Energy

Southern Alberta Alternative Energy Partnership 

Based on key regional renewable energy resources, existing expertise and established project capacity, the SAAEP partnership focuses on fostering a various streams of energy development: Solar, Wind, Bioenergy, Hydrogen, Battery Storage and Smart Grid Technology.

Business Renewables

We are an education platform and community where organizations can learn how to buy their electricity from renewable sources.




Published each Monday, Agri-News covers the latest on all things agriculture in Alberta. Find news on livestock, crops and markets, research, food and beverage production, and programs and events. 

Alberta Agriculture 

Funding programs, business resources, agriculture information, agri-food and local food business resources, and calculators and tools.

Alberta Beef Producers 

ABP is at the heart of Alberta’s cattle and beef industry. We work on behalf of more than 18,000 beef cattle producers to maintain the Canadian beef advantage.

Alberta Climate Information Service (ACIS)

An interactive tool that helps producers, farm consultants, and researchers wilong-term planning and decision-making throughout the growing season.

Alberta Irrigation Districts Association

AIDA has represented the interests and needs of its members to ensure the viability and sustainability of the irrigation sector.

Canadian Agricultural Partnership in Alberta

In Alberta, the Canadian Agricultural Partnership represents a federal - provincial investment of $406 million in strategic programs and initiatives for the agricultural sector. 

Canada's Premier Food Corridor 

Canada's Premier Food Corridor is a consortium of Economic Development professionals working to advance the agri-food sector in Southern Alberta, through investment attraction and advocacy for the agri-food industry

Protein Industries Canada 

Protein Industries Canada (PIC) is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization created to position Canada as a global source of high-quality plant protein and plant-based co-products.



Education and Research Archive: Understanding Community Broadband 

The Community Broadband Toolkit has been designed for use by Alberta communities to assist in developing broadband solutions. 

FCM: Focus Areas: Broadband 

Broadband Internet access is essential in the modern age, yet too many rural Canadians live without it. We’re helping to bring reliable high-speed Internet to every community across Canada.

First Mile 

Across Canada, First Nations are building broadband systems and using them to deliver services in their communities. 

Internet services in Alberta

Learn how internet access works in Alberta.

National Broadband Data

The National Broadband Data represents coverage information across Canada for existing broadband service providers with their associated technology types. 

National Broadband Internet Service Availability Map 

The National Broadband Data and the National Broadband Map are comprehensive and precise mapping data describing retail broadband Internet services and wholesale backbone infrastructure in Canada.

U of A: Broadband Portal

The Rural Broadband Portal is a tool that systematically sorts Broadband related literature and research for unique interventions and policy suggestions.

Alberta Municipalities: Broadband

(Requires membership to view)


Water Security


Water for Economic Development 

The purpose of this study was to compile the necessary information that would provide SouthGrow members with an understanding of how water provides opportunities for economic growth of the 27 SouthGrow communities in the Oldman and Milk River Basins while appreciating the constraints to water usage.



Government of Alberta - Rural Renewal Stream

Rural communities can apply for designation with the intent to attract and recruit newcomers to address labour needs and settle newcomers.

Training and Employment Services Directory

Programs and services to help individuals find and keep jobs, get training and adapt to a changing labour market. 

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