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Economic Development

Wainwright Economic Development is pleased to provide free confidential assistance to all businesses.  Economic Development should be contacted to:

  • Expand, relocate or establish a new business in Wainwright and area
  • Provide assistance in searching for available land or buildings
  • For economic, statistical and market information
  • Tourism inquiries
  • General business information

Our Core Services are summarized in 5 broad categories

  1. Business Retention and Expansion
  2. Business Investment and Attraction
  3. Marketing, Promotion and Tourism
  4. Community Development
  5. Research and Information Services

Economic Development Initiatives

Wainwright Biz Box

To celebrate the 2023 Small Business Week, Wainwright Economic Development developed our second annual Wainwright Biz Box, full of amazing products from businesses within the Town and M.D. of Wainwright.  To all the vendors, sponsors and buyers…thank you!

Please take a look at our Biz Box Book to find out more about the products included, our amazing participating businesses and fantastic sponsors.
Biz Box

The Rural Entrepreneur Stream is an economic immigration program. Entrepreneurs who want to start a business or buy an existing business in a rural Alberta community can submit an Expression of Interest.

The Town of Wainwright is a participating community.

Learn about eligibility criteria, how to apply and what to do after you are nominated.

Share with us Why You Love Wainwright – We are looking for stories, photos, videos, memories etc. that highlight what a great community Wainwright is.  Show us what our community means to you and your family – we hope to see love, kindness, humour – anything that positively showcases Wainwright.

For information and rules, please view: Why Wainwright? Rules


The Town of Wainwright offers funding to community groups or organizations providing an event or activity that will encourage positive economic activity in the community. This initiative is fully funded on an annual basis by the Town of Wainwright through the Town of Wainwright’s Economic Development Support Fund Budget.


  • Must promote local economic activity
    • For events/activities that will bring economic development opportunities from outside the Town and M.D. boundaries into Wainwright
    • For the initial start-up of events/activities
    • For community organizations providing benefits for Wainwright and district residents
  • Events that receive funding from other Town Departments will not be considered for funding
  • Groups or organizations may only be eligible for funding once per year
  • Established/proven events/activities may qualify for reduced funding
  • It is expected that the host community will provide at least 50% of the funding towards the event/activity (for example, an event in Irma must provide at least 50% of the revenue via sponsorships, municipal support etc. with the remaining 50% of funding being supplied by the Town of Wainwright Economic Development Support Fund)
  • Funding will not be provided to events that are primarily focused on gambling, alcohol etc.
  • The Town may provide annual sponsorship funding to local business associations supporting economic development at the sole discretion of the Committee
  • The Town of Wainwright will be identified as a sponsor of the event/activity


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