Agriculture and Agri-Food
Alberta offers investors a welcoming business climate, as well as abundant, high-quality agricultural raw material at a competitive cost. There are reliable transportation links to world markets, in addition to innovative research and development capabilities.
Alberta, where agriculture and agri-food thrive
Abundant supply of raw materials at a competitive cost
World-class R&D. More than 22 research and innovation facilities in the province are specializing in crops and cereals, poultry and swine, agronomy, biomaterials and food safety
A global reputation for safe, high-quality agriculture and agri-food products
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- A business-friendly regulatory climate
- One of the most competitive business tax regimes in Canada. No provincial sales tax, provincial capital taxes, or payroll taxes
- Alberta businesses pay at least $11.2 billion less in total taxes compared to any other Canadian jurisdiction
Connect to the world
- Canada has preferred market access to 51 countries representing approximately 1.5 billion consumers and over U.S. $49.3 trillion or 67 per cent of global GDP
- Canada's market access is supported by a reliable and efficient transportation systems
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- Access to a variety of federal and provincial government programs
Areas of Expertise
Alberta’s food processors are active in a range of areas including:
- Canola and oilseed milling,
- Vegetable processing,
- Meat and specialty meat manufacturing,
- Snack foods, functional foods,
- Natural health products and beverages, and
- Pulse processing
Alberta is a leader in pulse production, which have been identified as a sustainable and affordable source of plant-based protein by the United Nations. The province is an ideal place to grow pulses because it has an ideal mix of warm days and cool nights, lots of sunshine, few diseases or pests and extensive irrigation infrastructure.
Alberta is responsible for one-third of Canada’s pulses production, including dry peas, beans, faba beans and lentils.
Research and Development
Alberta’s Food Processing Development Centre and Agrivalue Processing Business Incubator facilities are unique to Canada.
More than 22 research and innovation facilities in the province specialize in crops and cereals, poultry and swine, agronomy, biomaterials and food safety.
Alberta has generous tax incentives for groups who conduct research and development.
Alberta offers a high-quality supply of primary products and is the third largest exporter of agri-food products in Canada. In 2017:
- Alberta exports of primary and processed agricultural and food products totaled $11.2 billion.
- Alberta produced 33 per cent of Canadian wheat, 32 per cent of canola, nearly half of the nation’s barley, and 16 per cent of Canada’s oats.
- Alberta led the nation in cattle and calf inventory, accounting for more than 40 per cent of Canada’s total.
- Alberta’s agri-food industries employed 75,100 Albertans: 52,100 in primary agriculture and 23,000 in food and beverage.
Alberta's food and beverage processing industry was the second largest manufacturing employer in the province in 2017, employing 23,000 people, and accounting for $14.4 billion in manufacturing sales.
Business Support Programs
Connect with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry to maximize your investment through:
- Site location assistance,
- Information on Alberta’s tax, employment and business regulations, and
- Connecting with appropriate provincial and federal business development programs.
For Investment Services
Mario Orellana, Investment Officer
For Export Services
Annalisa Baer, Director, International Relations and Marketing Section
Albert Eringfeld, Manager, East Asia and Oceania
Grant Winton, Manager, Central and South Asia, Middle East and Africa
Paola Zaragoza, Manager, Americas and European Union