Benefits of Operating a Business in High River

High River is the 5th best place in Canada for business as ranked in the 2nd annual list of Canada’s Best Places for Business by Canadian Business and PROFIT.

Located 30 minutes south of Calgary, on the Hwy 2 Cana-Mex Corridor, the Town of High River is a regional service centre with a diversified economy driven by several strong industrial sectors including: agriculture; construction; professional, scientific and technical services; and, other services including personal and automotive.

The High River Advantage

  • No Business Tax
  • Proximity to both urban and rural living
  • Proximity to major transportation corridors
  • Proactive municipal planning department
  • Regional health services centre
  • Strong professional presence; post-secondary education and health
  • Vibrant local film, creative and tourism industries
  • Economic Development is a major priority of Council’s 2015-17 Strategic Plan

Entrepreneurship & Our Fresh New Downtown

The people of High River are filled with ingenuity and have a long and proud history of entrepreneurship. Since 2013, we have been re-imagining and reinventing our downtown core to support a new era of entrepreneurship – an era that welcomes technology, collaboration, innovation and forward thinking.

And the best part… You can live here too!

High River’s downtown core offers a true “live, work, shop and play” experience that is attractive to any entrepreneur who wants make their home just steps away from their commercial or retail dream. More than 60 new businesses have opened in High River in 2016 alone.

Regional Health, Commercial & Industrial Hub

Located in the centre of the rolling Foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains, High River has long been a regional hub supporting the commercial needs of the many communities and rural areas that surround it.

At the heart of the region, High River anchors a burgeoning Health & Wellness sector, the High River Hospital, and the recent addition of the Cancer Centre that serve the health needs of many throughout the region.

Need easy access? Close proximity to Calgary (less than a one hour drive to the Calgary International Airport via a direct route on Stony Trail) and direct access from Highway 2 gives High River a unique and highly advantageous position for many industrial and commercial sectors.

Innovation & Protection

With the Town’s progressive Council at the helm, High River dares to be different – to be innovative and to do it better.  Building itself anew, High River is focused on connecting; people to business and opportunity, neighbours to each other, communities to land and nature.

High River is now the most well protected town in Canada from flooding. To date, over $200 million has been invested in flood mitigation and protection for our community.

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High River's Vital Signs Report

High River’s beautiful parks and green spaces, high quality of life, and strong community engagement are just a few of the assets highlighted in the Vital Signs report that was released on Tuesday, Oct. 4.

The Vital Signs survey was an opportunity for residents to have a voice in the community and celebrate all the things that are positively contributing to life in High River. It also allowed for the collection of feedback on areas that they thought could require more attention.

In total, 571 participants completed the survey in June of 2016. They were asked to grade quality of life indicators throughout the community. This information was combined with data from service providers, organizations and local experts to create a broad snapshot of the community.

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