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Alberta is one of the best places to open a data center in North America. Investors benefit from a low cost jurisdiction, with a reliable energy source and strong connectivity.

About Alberta

Alberta is one of the most cost competitive places to invest in North America. Investors benefit from the lowest taxation system in Canada, low energy costs, low costs of running businesses and a stable, secure business environment.

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Why is Alberta the Best Place for Data Centers?

 

low cost

Low Cost

  • As the only deregulated market in Canada, Alberta has among the lowest electricity prices in North America. Wholesale power prices have averaged between $18/MWh and $34/MWh since 2015. Current low energy prices represent an opportunity to lock into low long-term rates
    • Competitive priced renewable energy; recent competition averaged $37/MWh for power from renewable energy sources
  • Minimal cooling cost - cool and dry climate minimizes the use of air conditioning to less than 10% of the year. When heating and/or cooling is needed, natural gas supplies are abundant, reliable, and low cost.
  • Lower costs due to favourable exchange rate - $1 USD = $ CAD
  • Lower construction costs
  • Lowest overall taxation rate in Canada for businesses and employees
    • No sales tax
    • No capital tax
    • No payroll tax
    • No equipment tax
    • Low commercial property tax

 

reliable energy

Reliable energy

  • A very stable electricity grid with major transmission system upgrades in recent years; experience with many industrial loads

 

strong connectivity

Strong Connectivity

  • Robust telecommunications network and excellent dark/lit fibre capacity
  • Ample network coverage
  • High speed, low latency

 

strong stability

Strong Stability

  • Canada’s Privacy Act imposes regulations that protects the data that resides in the country.
  • Canada scored #10 of 194 countries in the World Bank’s Political Stability index (World Bank, 2015)
  • Alberta ranks #1 in Canada for Economic Stability (Fraser Institute, 2016)

 

Alberta's Innovation Eco-system

 

Alberta has an emerging innovation ecosystem. The province is a growing hub for VR, AI, and a growing leader in unmanned vehicles.

amii logo Alberta Machine Intelligence Institute at the University of Alberta performs advanced research and development in machine learning and artificial intelligence and is one of the top machine intelligence labs in the world.

 

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Google’s DeepMind is the world leader in artificial intelligence research and its application for positive impact.  DeepMind opened its first ever-international AI research office in Alberta, in close collaboration with the University of Alberta.

 

Business Support Programs

Alberta Investor Tax Credit (AITC) - https://www.alberta.ca/alberta-investor-tax-credit.aspx
AITC is a tax credit for investors.

Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Credit - http://www.finance.alberta.ca/publications/tax_rebates/corporate/sred1.html
SR&ED is a federal tax incentive program designed to encourage Canadian businesses of all sizes and in all sectors to conduct research and development in Canada.

Canada-Alberta Jobs Grant (CAJG) - http://www.albertacanada.com/opportunity/employers/jobgrant.aspx
CAJG is an employer-driven training program where employers and government share the cost of training new and existing employees.

Residential and commercial solar program - https://www.efficiencyalberta.ca/solar/
The Residential and Commercial Solar Program offers rebates to homeowners, businesses and non-profits that install solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

Contact Invest Alberta

Invest.Alberta@gov.ab.ca

+1 587 998 3510

+1 855 WHY ALTA (North America only)