Aerospace, Defence & Security

Canada’s newest and most exciting destination for Aerospace, Defence and Security industries investment. Meet and exceed Industrial and Technological Benefits (ITB) obligations and lower your investment cost by accessing a large and growing pool of regional suppliers, skilled labour and partners.

Locate in the gateway to northern Canada and the Arctic, Sturgeon County is less than a one-day drive time to three army and two Royal Canadian Air Force bases.

We are a leading manufacturing and engineering region, situated in the heart of Albertan and western Canadian Armed Forces assets. Secure your procurement sustainment needs locally and take advantage of our multi-modal transportation and infrastructure systems.

Map showing Sturgeon County's proximity to military and air force bases in Canada.

Additional Location Advantages

Graphic reads: 178 potential regional suppliers
Graphic reads: world-class innovation ecosystem
Graphic reads: Home to CFB Edmonton
Graphic reads: multiple medium light industrial areas
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Tap into Canada’s armed forces assets here in Sturgeon County. Use our location advantages to meet your ITB obligations and secure sustainable procurement needs as you take advantage of our multi-modal transportation and infrastructure systems.

Located along the western boundary of Sturgeon County, Alexander First Nation (AFN) is a member of the Villeneuve Landing Network and is home to Alexander Business Centre.

Located mere minutes from Sturgeon Industrial Park (SIP) and Edmonton’s downtown core, CFB Edmonton is home to the “Army of the West”, 3rd Canadian Division Support Group (3 CDSG). It provides personnel, administrative and technical support, range and training areas needed by other Canadian Armed Forces units and their members along with proximity to both CFB Wainwright and RCAF 4 Wing Cold Lake. Base personnel includes 5,829 regular force members, 403 reservists and 506 civilian employees, nearly half of whom live in our community.

Regional strengths in AI/Machine Learning, Communications, Nanotechnology, Robotics, Autonomous Systems, Space Sciences and Health Technology. Access to the fourth largest number of STEM graduates in the country and maximize multiplier opportunities by partnering with world-renowned universities, colleges, polytechnics and research institutions.

The lands surrounding Villeneuve Airport (ZVL) are prime for commercial and industrial investment. There is huge potential to support regional economic growth, diversification and new jobs. The area benefits from tremendous road, rail, and air infrastructure as well as innovative businesses already onsite. 

Target Industries

Graphic reads: Aerospace manufacturing: maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO)
Graphic reads: development capabilities C5ISR
Graphic reads: Joint support and sustainment
Graphic reads: remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS)
Graphic reads: training and simulation
Graphic reads: ground vehicle solutions: manufacturing, maintenance and crew training

Taxes, Levies & Incentives

  • Alberta offers the lowest provincial corporate tax rate in Canada, at 8 per cent.
  • Alberta also has no provincial sales tax and a small business tax of 2 per cent.
  • Sturgeon Industrial Park (SIP) offers the second lowest off-site development levies in Alberta, significantly lower than other municipalities in the region and province, including Edmonton and Calgary.
  • Alberta’s Innovation Employment Grant provides companies with a grant of up to 20 per cent toward qualifying research and development expenditures.
  • Sturgeon County is evaluating the use of municipal incentives to attract aerospace and defence investment.

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