Investment Incentives & Supports

Concierge Programs for New Businesses

Navigating the ins and outs of establishing a new business in our County can be a complex journey. That's why we've created our Concierge Program – a dedicated service designed to guide you every step of the way. Our goal is simple: to make the process of setting up your business as straightforward and stress-free as possible.

From understanding local regulations to finding the right location, we are here to provide personalized support, ensuring that you have all the tools and information you need to thrive. Let us help you turn your business vision into a successful reality in our community.

Looking to start or grow your small business?

Step 1: Understanding Land Use and Development in Our County

The Land Use Bylaw and the Municipal Development Plan are key documents that shape the future of our county. They provide clear guidelines on how different areas within the county can be utilized, ensuring that land use aligns with our community's needs and vision.

To help you navigate and understand these regulations, we also offer district zoning maps. These maps are based on the stipulations of the Land Use Bylaw and Municipal Development Plan, offering a visual guide to what can be built and where. Whether you're planning a new development or considering a property purchase, these resources are invaluable in making informed decisions.


Step 2: Connect with Our Economic Development Team

Ready to take your business idea to the next level or have questions about finding the perfect location in the county? Our Economic Development team is here to help. Reach out to us through our easy-to-use contact form. Here's how we can assist you:

  • Discuss Your Business Vision: Share your business ideas and goals with us, and let's explore how we can bring them to life in our community.
  • Identify Ideal Locations: Whether you already have a specific site in mind or are exploring options, we can discuss current and alternative land or property parcels suited for your business.
  • Explore Financial Solutions: We'll guide you through various financing options, including both traditional and non-traditional routes, to fund your project.
  • Government Support and Grants: Learn about available provincial and federal grant packages and funding opportunities that could benefit your business.
  • Immigration and Work Permits: If your business involves navigating immigration or work permit processes, we're here to provide the necessary support and information.

Our team is committed to making your business journey in our county a success. Get in touch with us today to start the conversation!


Step 3: Streamline Your Planning and Permitting Process

  • Introductions to Experts: Connect with planning and engineering professionals for tailored guidance.
  • Understand Milestones & Requirements: We'll break down each step of the process, from permit submission to issuance.
  • Navigate Safety Codes & Compliance: Ensure your project aligns with all necessary standards and regulations.
  • Get Comprehensive Support: From initial discussions to final approvals, we're here to assist with every detail of your development.


Step 4: From Groundbreaking to Occupancy

  • Adhering to Safety Codes: Ensure your project meets all safety standards, providing a secure foundation for your development.
  • Inspections: Ensuring your project's progress aligns with regulations and expectations.
  • Achieving Occupancy Permit Issuance: We guide you through to the final milestone - obtaining your occupancy permit, signifying that your project is compliant and ready for use.


Let us help you navigate each phase seamlessly. Contact our Economic Development team to get started.

Step 1: Land Use and Development Guidance for Your Business

Our county's development is guided by the Land Use Bylaw and Municipal Development Plan, providing clear directives for land use in various areas to meet our community's vision.

Utilize our district zoning maps for a quick reference on development possibilities. These visual guides, aligned with our key planning documents, aid in informed decision-making for your property development or acquisition.


Step 2: Planning Permitting Stage: Tailored Discussions for Your Development

At this crucial stage, we focus on:

  • Understanding Your Project: We delve into the size, scale, and scope of your development to ensure all needs are met.
  • External Assistance Options: To maintain your development's timeline and efficiency, we can connect you with external experts for additional support.

Our goal is to keep your project on track and aligned with your vision.


Step 3: Streamlined Permitting and Inspections for Your Project

We ensure a smooth development process with:

  • Navigate Safety Codes & Compliance: Ensure your project aligns with all necessary standards and regulations.
  • Efficient Inspection Services: Conducting inspections to align with necessary permits, including occupancy and development.
  • Outsourcing for Timeliness: When needed, we utilize trusted external partners to expedite your project and keep timelines on track.


Step 4: Facilitating Access to Provincial and Federal Support

  • Strategic Introductions: We connect you with the right provincial and federal agencies for enhanced support.
  • Coordinating Essential Meetings: Organizing discussions with key stakeholders for jobs, visa issues, and participation in the Foreign Workers Program (FWP), among others.

Leveraging our network to support your business needs.


Step 5: Connecting You with the Local Business Community

  • Local Business Introductions: We'll help you network with key local businesses, fostering relationships that aid in your integration into the community.
  • Community Contact Connections: Gain access to valuable local contacts who can assist in establishing your business within the community.

Building bridges for your successful community integration.


Let us help you navigate each phase seamlessly. Contact our Economic Development team to get started.


Business Incentive Grant

The Business Incentive Grant program, is aimed at supporting qualifying developers on  permanent new or expanded commercial and industrial developments within our community. To be eligible, your project must involve the construction of a physical structure with a minimum assessed value of $50,000. If your proposal meets these criteria and complies with all provisions of the policy, the following benefits will be available to you:

  • In the first year, a grant equivalent to 75% of the current year's municipal tax.
  • In the second year, a grant of 50% of the current year's municipal tax.
  • In the third year, a grant amounting to 25% of the current year's municipal tax.

This grant program is designed to foster growth and development in our community, providing valuable support to businesses as they expand or establish their presence. We look forward to partnering with you on your exciting ventures.

For more information reach out to Rob MacMullen, Economic Development Officer via our contact form or call 780-663-3730

Small Business Assessment Classification

Beaver County Council recognizes that small businesses are a key sector of the County’s economy and has established a new small business assessment classification that may be considered for a lower tax rate.

To be eligible, a non-residential property must meet ALL of the following criteria as at December 31st of the year prior to the taxation year:

  1. Business cannot be vacant property;
  2. Business cannot be “designated industrial property” as defined by Provincial legislation;
  3. Property must be owned or leased by a business and
    a) be in possession of a valid development or business permit in Beaver County, and
    b) employ fewer than 50 full-time employees across Canada, and
    c) must not be subleased to someone else.
  4. Application has been submitted on or before December 31st of the year prior to the year of taxation. Post-marked applications will NOT be accepted.

If your business is eligible, only the portion of your assessment that is assigned to the small business classification will be eligible for the reduced tax rate. If your property is assessed for other uses (e.g. farm land, residential, other non-residential, etc.), the tax rates for these other types of assessment will apply.

Small business will also remain subject to the same school, seniors housing, and special municipal tax rates as other properties.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

For a copy of the Application for Small Business Classification, click here.