Business and Industry News
The business and industry community in Brazeau County is young and continually growing. The principle industry in the region is oil and gas production followed by strong and growing forestry and agriculture sectors. The tourist and recreation sectors also have a great deal of potential.
One of the particular strengths of the region is the people. The County has highly trained technical support people for the oil patch and forestry sectors. A good range of land and lots are available including industrial, commercial and residential lots in the three municipal jurisdictions and agricultural holdings in the areas surrounding the Village of Breton and the Town of Drayton Valley.
Major business products and/or services include: Weyerhauser Canada Ltd. (lumber), Centennial Lumber, Tall Pine Timber (lumber), Penn West Petroleum Ltd. (oil and gas), Petro Canada Resources (oil and gas), Imperial Oil Resources (oil and gas), Gulf Canada Resources Ltd. (oil and gas), and several agricultural businesses. There are several financial institutions and six major banks have offices in Brazeau County.
Brazeau Hydro Expansion
For information on the proposed TransAlta Brazeau Hydro expansion, please click here.
For information on Brazeau County business and other workshops, please click here.
2014 Business Visitation Program
Thank you to those businesses who participated in the Business Visitation Program (BVP) in 2014. The businesses included those in Brazeau County, the Village of Breton, the Town of Drayton Valley and Brazeau County farm operators. The businesses gave us valuable information that we will put into programming for business retention and attraction strategies. Please click on the link below to view the final report of the 2014 Business Visitation Survey.
If you have any questions, please contact our department at 780-542-7777.
Brazeau Tourism Opportunities
Brazeau County’s Economic Development Department is committed to continuous efforts towards the diversification of our resource based economy. By growing and attracting businesses from industry sectors outside of our existing businesses we can strengthen the future of our economic future without competing with existing businesses.
Tourism is one of the targeted industries that Brazeau County is focused on growing. The County is already a destination for OHV users to the large tracts of crown land and the immense large fresh water body of the Brazeau Reservoir and is now home to the Eagle Point Provincial Park and Blue Rapids Recreation Area . Within a 90 minute drive from Edmonton and just 3 hours from the Rocky Mountain Resort areas of Jasper and Lake Louise, our tourism industry is benefitting from being our capital city’s backyard and a great stop over on the way to the mountains.
In 2007 Brazeau County entered into a Partnership with the Province of Alberta to designate an area of crown land adjacent to the Brazeau Reservoir for commercial tourism development.