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 Airdrie and help you answer the following fundamental questions.
What is the business climate in Airdrie?
We have compiled the most important aspects of Airdrie’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.
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 business in Airdrie and assistance available to Airdrie businesses.
Alberta is well-known for its low tax rates and Airdrie is no exception. Airdrie businesses benefit from the savings realized from no provincial sales tax, no capital or payroll taxes and no machinery and equipment taxes.
No business tax
Airdrie does not charge a business tax. When compared with municipalities who do charge such a tax, this can save a business thousands of dollars a year.
Property tax & assessment
Airdrie offers a very competitive tax environment. When compared to the total taxes in Calgary and other similar-sized municipalities, Airdrie offers businesses a very cost-effective alternative. View Airdrie's current non-residential property tax rate. Or, use the Tax Estimator to estimate your property taxes.
Off-site levies are charged for the purpose of reimbursing the City for the capital costs associated with new developments where subdivision of land is required.
Development levies are charged with respect to any proposed development within the city that has not been subject to a previous servicing agreement.
The Off-site Levy Bylaw sets the new development levy rate effective January 18, 2016. Transportation, wastewater and water are examples of off-site projects that are necessary to provide appropriate off-site services to development areas. All on-site development costs are paid for by the developer.
If you have questions or want to know more about the new rate structure, please visit www.airdrie.ca or contact the Engineering Department 403-948-8835 or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Airdrie’s wage and salary rates are competitive with the rest of Canada and with the United States. When total compensation rates are compared, Airdrie and Alberta provides even more of a cost advantage compared to the U.S., largely because of publicly funded health care. A summary of the average hourly earnings for the Calgary CMA is shown in the table below.
|Industry||Average hourly wage
rate in 2015
|Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction||$44.80|
|Transportation and Warehousing||$30.97|
|Information and Cultural Industries||$28.47|
|Finance and Insurance||$32.69|
|Real Estate Rental and Leasing||$27.27|
|Professional Scientific and Technical Services||$40.66|
|Administrative and Support||$21.97|
|Health Care and Social Assistance||$30.24|
|Arts Entertainment and Recreation||$22.68|
|Other Services(except Public Admin)||$24.25|
Businesses in Airdrie benefit from:
No provincial sales tax
No payroll tax
No inventory tax
No machinery and equipment tax
No health care premiums
Lower personal income tax rates
The lowest fuel tax among provinces
Provincial small business income tax rate of just 2%
Starting Jan. 1, 2017, the small-business tax rate in Alberta was cut from 3% to 2% — giving Alberta the second-lowest small-business tax rate in the country, tied with Saskatchewan.
Provincial corporate income tax rate of 11%