County of Vermilion River Open House March 5 at the Kitscoty Community Hall

Business Supports

Business Supports are a collection of resources that we believe will help you with accessing data, grants, statistics and innovations in Alberta, as well as across Canada. 

Choose the County of Vermilion River for your next business venture or expansion. View the Developers Package to learn what makes the CVR an attractive place for investment.

Developers Package

There are many funding opportunities to start or expand your business.

Funding & Incentives

Business Resources

Alberta Economic Development Indicators - Alberta economic dashboards, commentators and highlights, and overviews of major projects

Alberta Government website for small busineses

Alberta HUB- Regional centre for economic growth covering Northeastern Alberta

Alberta Innovates A catalyst for innovation in the province -solving some of the biggest industry challenges.

Alberta Workforce Information - Sign up to receive emailed information and resources to help you get the workers you need.

Agri-News  - Government of Alberta Newsletter lists upcoming events for agricultural producers

Business Link - Provides resources, counselling and services to small businesses.  The County of Vermilion River is proud to partner with Business Link and the Lloydminster Chamber of Commerce to provide the Digital Economy Program to businesses in the County. 

Business Permits and Licenses in Alberta: your one-stop shop for business permits and license requirements in the province

Career Focus Internship Program - ACCA (Alberta Community & Cooperative Association) - bring value to your business, provides support to your operations, find eager new graduates that can become full time employees.

Chambers of Commerce: Vermilion & DistrictMarwayne, Lloydminster

Connectica.ca - A portal by Alberta Innovates (See above) for connecting funding, facilities and services 

Economic Outlook, Analysis and Statistics - Provincial statistics

Futurpreneur - A national, non-profit organization that provides financing, mentoring and support tools to aspiring business owners aged 18-39. Its mentoring program hand matches young entrepreneurs with a business expert from a network of more than 2,800 volunteer mentors.

Invest Alberta - Crown Corporation dedicated to investment attraction, with a mandate to engaged the world and provide high end tailored support to investors and major new investment projects

Lloydminster & Region Community Futures -Provides small business guidance and funding for new and expanding businesses.

Rural Women Entrepreneurs in Tech (REWIT):This program is dedicated to supporting self-identified women and non-binary entrepreneurs i rural Alberta who are in the process or have developed a tech enabled, scalable product or service that can demonstrate value and desirability in the marketplace. 

StartUp Lloydminster - Entrepreneurial and Business Development resources/tools/support. 

Employee Recruitment & Retention

Programs, tools and grants available to assist with the human resources element of business management:

Work-Sharing (Government of Canada) is an adjustment program designed to help employers and employees avoid layoffs when there is a temporary reduction in the normal level of business activity that is beyond the control of the employer. The measure provides income support to employees eligible for Employment Insurance benefits who work a temporarily reduced work week while their employer recovers. Work-Sharing is a three-party agreement involving employers, employees and Service Canada. 

Canada Alberta Job Grant  - The Canada-Alberta Job Grant (CAJG) is an employer-driven program that helps employers invest in training for current and future employees. The goals of the CAJG are to increase participation of Albertans in the labour force by helping them develop the skills they need to find and keep a job. The CAJG is also an opportunity for employers to invest in training that is better aligned to job opportunities. The top 5 most requested training (to date) are: 1. Project Management; 2. Computer Software Training, 3. Sales, 4. Leadership, 5. Accounting.    

ALIS by Government of Alberta - Tools and Resources to help employers manage and recruit their workforce.  HR Series for Employers is a series of publications available to download on the site or in hard copy, ordered online.