Market Diversity

As an investor or business owner, understanding the diverse business market in the Palliser region will further solidify your decision to invest your time and/or money. There are major businesses in every sector in the Palliser region that have the potential for expansion, diversification or partnerships, including:

  • Oil and Gas Extraction, Mining
  • Utilities
  • Construction
  • Manufacturing
  • Finance, Insurance, Real Estate, Leasing
  • Educational Services
  • Health Care and Social Assistance
  • Public Administration

Major Employers

The region’s largest centre, the City of Medicine Hat, believes being an employer of choice helps them to be a community of choice. They are proud to have been named one of Alberta’s Top 55 Employers. For more on this, visit “Come Work with Us“. For a list of employers in Medicine Hat, visit their Community Profile or review the Employers Honour Roll list posted in the 2015 Report on Southeast Alberta.

For major employers in every Palliser region community, visit our Community Profiles or check out the Eastern Alberta Trade Corridor – Company Profiles.

Business Statistics

In 2015, the Palliser region had 4,947 establishments with employees, making up 2.9% of all establishments with employees in Alberta.  Of these establishments, 4,710 or 95.2% were small companies with between 1 and 49 employees. Approximately 548 or 11% of all establishments were incorporated.

Opportunities for investment in the region are excellent, and diversity exists both in terms of the industries and sectors in the region and of locally and internationally-owned companies. In addition, the region is home to a number of large Canadian corporations with operations and partnerships around the world.

For more business statistics on the Palliser region, visit the Alberta Regional Dashboard.

Source: Alberta Regional Economic Dashboard/Adapted from Statistics Canada, Establishment Counts by CSD, derived from the Business Register.