Agriculture

Wetaskiwin is Working for Agriculture

Wheat

Why Wetaskiwin

Wetaskiwin's history is rooted in agriculture. The creation of the Wetaskiwin Co-op in 1917 by a group of locals has ensured that there has been value added agriculture in the city for over a hundred years. Even though agriculture is one of our oldest industries, we are proud to say that it continues to be a key industry in our city today.

Fast Facts

  • Rooted in agricultural history and productivity, the Wetaskiwin region sees steady growth in products and value-added services  
  • The Wetaskiwin Region covers over 821,000 acres of rich and fertile farmland
  • The region is a major producer of Canola, Wheat, Barley, Alfalfa and Oats as well as beef cattle ranching operations and feedlots
  • Wetaskiwin is located just off the Canamex Trade Corridor linking Canada, the United States and Mexico by road.
  • Wetaskiwin is 10 minutes from the Queen Elizabeth Highway (QEII) which is the transportation backbone of the Alberta economy.
  • The City of Wetaskiwin is strategically located on Highway 2A, linking Edmonton, Red Deer and Calgary and Highway 13 linking to Eastern Alberta and Saskatchewan.
  • Wetaskiwin serves as a junction point for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CP)
  • The Edmonton International Airport is 35 minutes from Wetaskiwin
  • The Wetaskiwin Regional Airport is located along Victor 301W (low altitude air highway between Calgary and Edmonton), just outside of the Edmonton control zone.
  • There is a diverse workforce at comparatively low wages with a high percentage of occupations in the transport/equipment operator’s category.
  • Wetaskiwin was one of the first Alberta Communities to partner with Telus on installing PureFibre servicing throughout the City ensuring all businesses, residents and institutions have access to the fastest internet speeds.
  • The City of Wetaskiwin offers a 3-year Industrial Tax Incentive for new development (year 1: 75%, year 2: 50%, year 3: 25%)
  • The City of Wetaskiwin does not charge machinery & equipment taxation
  • Alberta’s Corporate Tax Rate is 8%