The County of Vermilion River is a large, rural municipality with a diversified economy. It is also a dynamic, friendly place to do business with strong growth potential.The County's economy is based mainly on agriculture and the community is represented by a skilled and hard-working labour force with expertise in farming as well as assembly line work, welding, and metal fabrication. The region has become a strong and effective service center with support by grain elevators, machinery agents, farm supply distributors, veterinary and government services.
Heavy crude oil exploration development and oil and gas servicing has found the County to be strategically located. The oil fields in the Lloydminster, Wainwright, Cold Lake and Elk Point Areas are easily accessible from the County of Vermilion River along the Yellowhead (Highway 16), Highway 41, or secondary Highway 897.
There are 680 businesses located across the Region (County of Vermilion River, Town of Vermilion, and Villages of Kitscoty, Marwayne and Paradise Valley) that range from:
- Small (98.1%)
- Medium (1.5%)
- Large (0.4%)
A variety of home-based businesses exist from mechanical and welding to account and online Sales.