Economic Development

Economic Development Strategy


Clearwater County has adopted an Economic Development Strategy (click here to view the PDF) based on input from residents, business, and an investment readiness assessment. 

There are four main areas of focus:
  1. Foster a Culture of Growth
  2. Prepare for Business Growth
  3. Prepare for People Growth
  4. Promote Opportunities

The summaries of each community input session are linked below.

Comprehensive Community Profile

The 2022 Community Overview (click here to view the PDF) is a document that contains information about Clearwater County that is of interest to potential investors. The report document includes demographics, County assets and statistics that can assist in the decisions making process regarding investment and site selection.

2022 Community Overview (socio-economic) Profile

Links to Other Economic Development Pages and Activities

Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP)

Clearwater County is a member of the Central Alberta Economic Partnership (CAEP). CAEP is a regional economic development alliance of 42 members and 14 associate members that serves as a model for collaborative community economic development.
CAEP is recognized as both an innovative way to facilitate rural economic development and serves as a vital partner in the continued diversification of central Alberta's economy. For more information on the Central Alberta Economic Partnership click here.


Report on Coal Mining in Clearwater County

In May 2020, the Government of Alberta rescinded the 1976 Coal Policy, which had set out what lands could have coal mining activity and the types of coal mines on those lands. 

Report (PDF)

This opened the possibility of open pit mines in some parts of western Clearwater County. There was a mostly negative reaction from the public and the Government of Alberta reinstated the policy in February and committed to a consultation process about coal mining regulations in Alberta.

This report by our Economic Development Officer presents a brief outline of coal mining activity in the County and discusses the impact of recent decisions by the Government of Alberta.

If you have any questions about Economic Development in Clearwater County, please contact Jerry Pratt, Economic Development Officer, at 403-845-4444.