For updated information for Albertans or Employers supports visit:

More information can be found on the Government of Alberta’s website at:

Albertans should be focused on their health and not worry about whether they can pay their bills, so the government has put a number of options in place for those struggling financially:

  • Utility payment holiday
    • Residential, farm, and small commercial customers can defer bill payments for the next 90 days to ensure no one will be cut off from these services during this time of crisis.
    • This will cover electricity and natural gas, regardless of the service provider.
  • Student loans repayment holiday
    • The government will implement a six-month, interest-free moratorium on Alberta student loan payments for all individuals who are in the process of repaying these loans.


  • Workplace guidance and supports to help businesses and non-profits affected by COVID-19 begin to reopen and resume operations safely.
  • ATB Financial customers impacted by COVID-19
    • Personal banking customers can apply for a deferral on their ATB loans, lines of credit, and mortgages for up to six months.
    • Small business customers, in addition to payment deferrals on loans and lines of credit, will be provided access to additional working capital.
    • For other business and agriculture customers, ATB will work with customers on a one-on-one basis and further solutions are being considered at this time.
    • For more information on ATB’s relief program, please visit their website.
  • Alberta credit unions
    • Credit union members will have access to a variety of programs and solutions designed to ease difficulties with loan payments and short-term cash flow.
    • Both individual and business members are encouraged to proactively contact their credit union directly to work out a plan for their personal situation.
  • Contact your bank. Canada’s banks have made a commitment to support businesses and individuals through these difficult times in a responsible, fair and compassionate way. To help provide some stagility for businesses through this time of uncertainty, the office of the Superintendent of Finacial Institutions is lowering the Domestic Stability Vuffer requirement, releasing more than $300 billion of additional lending capacity for Canadian financial institutions.
  • offer relief measures aimed to alleviate the impact of COVID-19 on business activity and complement services offered by other financial institutions, with whom BDC will continue working.
  • Canadian Emergency Business Benefits to help with cash flow loans of $40,000.00 interest free for the first year. Qualified businesses may also qualify for $10,000 to be  forgivable.

Alberta employers are facing significant challenges and uncertainty.whether you are self-employed, small business owner, or an entrepreneur- you shouldn’t have to worry abut losing your buisness or your job. To give them increased access to cash in order to pay employees, address debts and continue operations, the government will:

  • Farm and small commercial customers can defer electricity and natural gas bill payments for the next 90 days to ensure no one will be cut off, regardless of the service provider. Call your utility provider directly to arrange for a 90-day deferral on all payments. Contact your utility provider.
    • A Provincial education tax freeze and deferral of educational tax for businesses through their municipal property taxes for 6 months.
    • A coordinated approach with the financial sector: cutting interest rates to 0.75%, and major banks increasing lending capacity by $300 billion.
    •  Canadian Emergency commercial Rent Assistance for small businesses. The program will provide forgivable loans to qualifying commercial property owners to cover 50 per cent of three monthly rent payments that are payable by eligible small business tenants who are experiencing financial hardship during April, May, and June.

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    Economic Development

    What We Do

    Economic Development improves the economic diversity of Northern Sunrise County, while enhancing the quality of life to its residents. The County is committed to working with local business and industry, ensuring that they have the support they need to sustain and expand their operations; also determining viability of trade and investment opportunities to attract new businesses and industries to the region.

    The Economic and Tourism Committee is annually appointed by the Council and is there to advise the Economic Development Officer (EDO) and provide direction. The committee’s mandate is to encourage growth and stability of local businesses and foster new growth and economic prosperity, while promoting a favorable business environment. The EDO will identify opportunities and barriers facing local businesses and develop actions to address them. Our mission is also to attract new businesses and industries; as new investments lead to new employment opportunities, greater prosperity, and will help to retain and attract youth in our area.

    The committee also works on creative and unique approaches to promote the tourism in our area with innovative marketing, promoting through trade shows and working closely with Mighty Peace Tourism. There are many places of interest, or events, happening in our area; like the Carnival in St Isidore, Harmon Valley Pro Rodeo, Nampa and District Museum, Cecil Thompson Park, Agricultural Fair Grounds, Sagitawa Look Out Point, Heart River Golf Course, Harmon Valley Park, Twelve Foot Davis Gravesite, Lubicon Lake Cultural Camp, Marie Reine Sports Club, Mill Brown Memorial Park, St. Isidore Walking Trail , Cadotte lake, Nampa Ball Tournament Farmers Day, St Isidore Cultural Center, Mamowintowin Cultural Centre, Pow Wow, Northbase Ranch, The Big Bash/Mud bog, Nampa and District Arena, Wesley Creek Snowmobile Trail, St Isidore Outdoor Skating Rink, Pat’s Creek Walking Trail and Trout Pond.

    Economic Development Functions

    Investment Attraction
    New business investment leads to new employment opportunities and greater prosperity. Our mission is to attract new investment to NSC. We have conducted a strategy study for the Sunrise Gateway Business Park to better serve our community while attracting new and needed business in our area with a specific focus on a non-industrial type business. The study has deemed that the business park can foster non- industrial business, our next step will be to approach investors. Significant time and marketing resources will be devoted to attracting new businesses.

    1. Coordinate and host meeting or business socials to explore other opportunities on expansion in our Sunrise Gateway Business Park or other areas in Northern Sunrise County.
    2. Determine viability of trade and investments to attract new businesses or industries.
    3. Work with PREDA, NTAB and other alliances and be available for foreign or new industries tours of our county.
    4. Also work with our many other partners, local municipalities, industry stakeholders and businesses to ensure we foster a business friendly environment.
    5. Develop a business ready plan for new investors in the Sunrise Gateway Business Park. Providing new business affordable land and services, such as high-speed internet and work closely with them to ensure they all have an easy and good start.

    Download the Gateway Business Park PDF

    Site Selection
    Northern Sunrise County is the ideal location for companies looking to grow and expand their business.
    Northern Sunrise County Economic Development is available to assist you throughout the entire site selection process.

    Site selection services offered include:

    • Business relocation services such as:
      • Site search
      • Data gathering
      • Site and community tours
      • Meetings with local utility providers
      • Meetings with local company and community leaders
    • Business expansion and growth
    • Assistance with business assistance links
    • Assistance with workforce development resources and programs
    • Access to demographic data and mapping

    We look forward to working with you on your site requirements. Most importantly, we look forward to welcoming you to the thriving Northern Sunrise County business community.

    For more information regarding your site search needs, please contact the following Northern Sunrise County economic development staff members:
    Lynn Florence
    Economic Development Officer
    Jennifer Regal
    Development Officer

    Starting a Business

    Northern Sunrise County strives to make starting a business as easy as possible. The process of getting started varies significantly depending on the type of business being established. Those starting a home-based business will undergo a much different course of action than those purchasing land and/or constructing a facility.

    The following is a list of the services available for business clients:

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    Questions about starting a business in Northern Sunrise County?
    Discuss your business needs and desires in confidence. Contact: Lynn Florence at 780-625-3288 or

    Assist in presenting a business case for locating in Northern Sunrise County
    • Joint presentations to clients

    Provide linkage to development and building permit process
    • Identify issues, needs, and initiate provision of background information
    • Assistance with development permits
    • No business license required
    • Arrange joint meetings with County representatives and business client

    Market research data for business plans, including:
    • Demographics and statistics
    • GIS mapping services

    Are there any government grants available?
    • While there is a possibility, most “grants” (in other words, financial assistance that is not repaid) often target specific clients with criteria you must meet to qualify. As a rule, there are no “grant programs” to assist with general small business start-up. Refer to the Business Link’s website for the truth on government grants and a listing and click on Federal Provincial Grant.
    • The Canada-Alberta Job Grant is a training program where an employer applies on behalf of their employee(s) for eligible training costs. Employers decide who gets training and what type of training may be needed for their employees.
    • Work-sharing Program is an adjustment program offered through the Government of Canada designed to help Employers avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activities that is beyond the control of the employer.

    Why Invest Here? The Northern Sunrise County Business Advantage

    Northern Sunrise County is renowned in northwest Alberta for a reason – offering a highly desirable quality of life, with vibrant, welcoming communities surrounded by vast countryside. Northern Sunrise County welcomes new partners, investors and entrepreneurs. Invest in Northern Sunrise County and you will discover a host of opportunities for business development with a strong network of support.

    Here’s why…

    • A diverse economic portfolio with many pillars supporting growth
    • Rich natural resources, including natural gas, natural gas liquids, oil, lumber, agricultural land and tourism.
    • Available work force can be found in and around Northern Sunrise County; a diversity of skilled and technical workers can be found and trained here in Northern Sunrise County.
    • High-speed internet access in our Sunrise Gateway Business Park
    • Lots in the Sunrise Gateway Business Park are serviced with power, natural gas, water and sewers.
    • Excellent land availability and variety of land parcels
    • Extremely well-priced land
    • Business-friendly Council
    • 17,000 people within 45-minute drive.

    What We DON’T Have

    • Traffic congestion
    • Although we have available shops and bays for industrial businesses to rent or buy, we currently do not have retail or commercial building at this time in the Sunrise Gateway Business Park.

    Contact us to discover all the advantages that Northern Sunrise County offers for achieving success in business with the quality of life expected by the business leaders and entrepreneurs of today.

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    Industries in NSC

    Northern Sunrise County’s economy is built on the strongest drivers of Alberta’s Economy: oil and gas, forestry, agricultural and tourism. The County is comprised of more than 21,000 square kilometers of Albert’s finest wilderness and agricultural land over one of the provinces largest oil sands deposits. With an abundance of natural resources, a vibrant cultural heritage and a population of industrious and innovative people, Northern Sunrise County has established itself as a county open for business.

    Northern Sunrise County does not issue business licenses and we are always working on our list of businesses in our County. Currently we have 244 businesses registered in our directory.

    Number of Businesses

    What We DON’T Have

    • Traffic congestion
    • Although we have available shops and bays for industrial businesses to rent or buy, we currently do not have retail or commercial building at this time in the Sunrise Gateway Business Park.

    Contact us to discover all the advantages that Northern Sunrise County offers for achieving success in business with the quality of life expected by the business leaders and entrepreneurs of today.