Frequently Asked Questions

What does the Land and Economic Development Department do?

The Land and Economic Development department works with existing Red Deer businesses to help them thrive, expand, access larger markets, or meet their labour needs.  We also attract new businesses and investment into Red Deer, while focusing on economic diversification and creating a climate for economic growth and job creation. We develop available land for Residential, Industrial and mixed-use purposes, with the goal of providing options for every type of developer.

What can Land and Economic Development do to help my business?

The Land and Economic Development Department can connect you with resources and organizations to help you access foreign markets, or get your innovative product ready for market. We can provide you with statistical information for no charge to aid in your planning decisions, on our Investment Opportunity Engine. We can even help you find locations in Red Deer for your business.

Where can I find demographics, statistics and information on Red Deer?

You can find information in several places:

Where can I find information on Licenses and Permits?

You can contact The City of Red Deer’s Inspections and Licensing Department at or visit Operating a Business for more information. You can also apply online at My Permits.

Where can I find information on Downtown Red Deer?

Visit this link to find information on the Greater Downtown area, including Capstone, and Downtown Economic Incentives: Downtown Red Deer

The Downtown Business Association is another great source of information on Downtown Red Deer. They can be contacted at or by phone at 403-340-8696.

What programs are available for businesses, including startups?

Community Futures Central Alberta offers many training and support programs, as well as loans for start up businesses.

Business Link is a social enterprise that helps entrepreneurs navigate the steps toward starting, running and growing their own businesses. They can help with one-on-one support and guidance, market research, access to experts, training, networking opportunities, and specialized support for Indigenous and immigrant entrepreneurs. 

Visit Grants and Funding to find out what support you might be eligible for from the Government of Canada.

Eligible employers can get government funding to help employees access training opportunities through the Canada Alberta Job Grant.

Prairies Economic Development Canada (formerly Western Economic Diversification Canada) works to diversify the economy across the Canadian Prairies. PrairiesCan leads in building a strong, competitive Canadian economy by supporting business, innovation and community economic development unique to Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. 

Additional support can be found at Innovation Canada.

The Self-Employment program delivered by Business Works Central Alberta (BWCA) is a 26-week program that addresses all aspects of business operation, with the intention of ensuring new business start-ups have comprehensive business plans that are able to withstand challenging economic conditions and remain economically viable in the long term.

Connect with us for more specific topics such as trade, innovation or product development.

Does the city own land for sale, and where is it located?

Yes, The City of Red Deer has residential, commercial, and industrial land for sale.

Lots are available for residential, as well as commercial and mixed-use occupation and development in Timberlands North and Capstone.

Fully serviced Light and Heavy Industrial land is located to the northwest of the city in the Queens Business Park