Building a business in Central Alberta can also mean making your home here, and there are many benefits to doing so. With Alberta’s free health care, the many cultural and entertainment opportunities, excellent educational institutions and accessibility, Central Alberta is the ideal place to build a future.
Investments in our Tourism and Recreation sectors are the highest after infrastructure and institutions, which means we can offer beautiful open parks, lush green golf courses, forested campgrounds, and soft sand beaches.
Central Alberta’s Canyon Ski Area is the province’s largest ski resort outside of the mountains, and the region’s parks and lakes provide excellent skating and cross country skiing opportunities.
Live theatre, a symphony, artisan displays and cultural festivals create a strong and active cultural scene. The region’s central location makes it a popular destination for trade-shows, festivals and conventions.
We are proud to have a healthcare system that provides universal access for all Albertans to medical and hospital services. Please note that you must apply for the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan within three months of arriving in Alberta to receive covered health care services.
There are also supplementary private health insurance benefits that many employers offer, as well as supplementary plans available for personal purchase.
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Major Alberta Highways
The Queen Elizabeth II Highway is a four-lane divided commercial highway that runs between Edmonton and Calgary.
Quick access to the TransCanada Highway links Canada sea-to-sea from Vancouver on the west coast to Halifax on the east. Access to leisure centres like Banff, Alberta make the Trans-Canada a recreational asset.
Central Alberta is served by the Red Deer Airport, one of the busiest regional airports in Canada. Recently, the Red Deer Airport has achieved substantial growth and is proudly served by Air Canada which provides scheduled passenger service 3 times per day from Red Deer Airport connecting through Calgary to 191 world-wide destinations.
Edmonton and Calgary’s international airports are easily accessed from Central Alberta and conveniently located along the Queen Elizabeth II highway which runs through the region.
Central Alberta’s primary, middle, and secondary education system is a part of the greater province-wide system. Though different school divisions and geographical boundaries exist, Alberta Education reports that Alberta’s students consistently achieve high scores in mathematics, reading and writing, and science.
Central Alberta offers many opportunities for post secondary education. Major institutions in the region include:
- Red Deer College
- Olds College
- Burman University
- Maskwacis Cultural College
- Prairie Bible College
- Norquest College (Wetaskiwin campus)
Central Alberta is also conveniently located between two major centres for post secondary education, Calgary and Edmonton.