Mountain View County

Review the Business Climate

How it's done

The business climate is the general economic environment that local businesses operate in. Reviewing and understanding the local business climate provides valuable insights about the economy, costs, risks, and incentives that may impact the success of your business. This activity will guide you to better understand the business climate in Mountain View County and help you answer the following fundamental questions.

What is the business climate in Mountain View County?

We have compiled the most important aspects of Mountain View County’s business climate as an interactive dashboard below. This dashboard provides valuable economic, resident, household, dwelling and development indicators that may influence the success of your business.

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What costs and assistance should I know about?

Whether you have a new or existing business it is critical to be aware of costs, incentives and grants that impact your business. This dashboard provides you with a snapshot of the major costs of conducting a business in Mountain View County and assistance available to Mountain View County businesses.

Alberta is well-known for its low tax rates and Mountain View County is no exception. Our County businesses benefit from the savings realized from no provincial sales tax, no capital or payroll taxes.

No Business Tax

Mountain View County does not charge a business tax. When compared with municipalities who do charge such a tax, this can save business thousands of dollars a year.

Property Tax & Assessment

Mountain View County tax rates are set annually by Council of in the month of April. These rates determine the amount of property tax to be paid by each property. Council sets the tax rates based on the amount of property tax revenue that is required to pay for the services provided by the County. Individual property taxes usually change each year due to the requirements of the annual budget, and property assessment changes due to fluctuation in property value.

Council does not control the amount of property taxes required to pay for education and seniors’ housing requisitions. These rates are established by the Province of Alberta and Mountain View Seniors Housing.

For more information on our taxes, click here.

Mountain View County does not charge offsite levies for any new development in the County. However, there are costs associated with permits and licenses required to start, expand or change a business or development.

If you have questions or want to know more about our rate structure, please refer to our Fee Schedule Bylaw or contact Planning & Development 403-335-3311.

Alberta’s wage and salary rates are competitive with the rest of Canada and with the United States. When total compensation rates are compared, Alberta provides a significant cost advantage compared to the U.S., largely because of publicly funded health care.

Detailed wage and salary information for over 400 occupations in Alberta is available here.

Alberta is one of the most affordable places in Canada to live. Here’s a look at some of the financial benefits of life in Alberta.

Higher incomes

Families in Alberta typically enjoy a higher family income than other parts of Canada. Median total single-family household income is $141,754.50. Also, 50.1% of household incomes are equal to or greater than $125,000.

Lower cost of living

Alberta offers many cost-of-living advantages:

  • No provincial health-care premiums.
  • No provincial sales tax (PST). Residents in every other province pay up to 10 per cent in addition to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) paid by all Canadians.
  • Tax rebates and credits are available to further help with your finances.

You can compare how Canadians spend their incomes in major cities here.

Affordable housing

Owning your own home is more affordable in Alberta than in many other Canadian cities. Alberta housing prices are among the lowest when compared to equivalent cities in British Columbia or Ontario.

Every year, people from across Canada and all over the world choose Alberta as an ideal place to work and live. Alberta's high standard of living, diverse and welcoming communities, and beautiful landscapes make it a wonderful place to call home.

Businesses in Alberta benefit from:

No provincial sales tax

No payroll tax

No inventory tax

No machinery and equipment tax

No health care premiums

Free provincial health care insurance

Lower personal income tax rates

The lowest fuel tax among provinces

Small business income tax rate of just 2%

Corporate income tax rate of 12%

The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) of Alberta was created by government to administer the Workers Compensation Act for the province’s workers and employers. Funded by employers the WCB provides cost-effective disability and liability insurance for work related injury and illness. The WCB compensates workers for lost income and coordinates the health care and other services that may be required to recover from a work-related injury.

Learn More: Workers’ Compensation Board of Alberta

Workers Compensation
Average Cost for All Manufacuring (per $100 Payroll) (Per $100 of insurable earnings) $0.24 - $2.94
Average Rate for Office Workers (Per $100 of insurable earnings) $0.13 - $0.25
Maximum Weekly Benefit (90% of maximum insurable earnings $98,700) $1,225.61

Source: WCB rates by sector and industry

The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) is the governing federal body for all legislation related to employment insurance (EI) in Canada. Businesses must deduct employment insurance from an employee’s insurable earnings if that employee is in insurable employment during the year. Insurable employment includes most employment in Canada under a contract of service (employer – employee relationship). There is no age limit for deducting EI premiums.

Learn More: Canada Revenue Agency, Employment Insurance for Employers

Employment Insurance
Taxable Base Annual maximum insurable earnings $51,300.00
Rate % Employer contribution rate 2.282%
Average Among Existing Employers Annual maximum employer contribution $1,170.67

Source: Payworks Payroll Legislation

How do I use this information?

Having access to business climate statistics and information is one thing, but it's quite another to use data effectively and in a way that will benefit your business. This next section will help you do just that. Learn how to use this information to make better business decisions.

Monitor the local business climate

On-going assessment of the business climate is an essential part of operating a competitive business. In any business climate, there are numerous factors outside your control that will impact your business, both positively and negatively. The health of the economy impacts all businesses, but small businesses usually feel the effect of economic changes faster than big businesses. Improvements in the economy typically provide a rapid increase in new opportunities for small businesses, while an economic downturn can have a significant and prolonged negative impact.

Unfortunately, you can’t influence the economy, but you can monitor the business climate indicators provided above and then take the necessary actions to minimise risks to your business. Staying up to date with the business climate can also help you identify new opportunities that your business can take advantage of.

Know your costs

All industries are unique and incur different types of costs when starting or operating. Understanding these costs is essential when it comes to setting prices, budgeting and planning for growth or downturns. We’ve provided some of the local costs associated with taxes, development and labour that often get overlooked by businesses. There may be other municipal and provincial costs that apply to your business so we encourage you to contact us to find out more.

Where can I learn more about the business climate?

While we are providing you with a range of valuable information about the business climate, the fact is that there's much more available. In this section we provide you with links to other websites that will supplement our information and help to keep your finger on the pulse.

There may also be other municipal and provincial costs that apply to your business so we encourage you to contact us to find out more.

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