For Business

The Alberta Energy Corridor welcomes all enquiries about relocating or establishing a business in our region. Regardless of where your company might ultimately decide to relocate, however, following is a checklist of important areas and items to consider to ensure a smooth transition.

  • Develop a site specification brief, which allows matching of your essential and preferred location criteria against individual location options. This could include such criteria as proximity to raw materials, market access, transport, availability of skilled labour and energy specifications. If your business will benefit from high public visibility, consider sites that are in a prominent position near a major road or highway.
  • Compare various locations for quality of life factors and general amenities, including education facilities, recreation facilities, and quality, availability and cost of housing. This will be important for your family and your employees’ families, and could be a deciding factor in staff retention.
  • Make key cost comparisons between different locations, such as site costs, building or lease costs, energy costs and freight costs.
  • Ensure that sites have safe vehicular access and that there is sufficient space for on-site parking.
  • Ensure all services required are available for connection and are adequate for current and future demands: electricity, water, gas, telecommunications and waste disposal.
  • Where possible, speak to businesses that have already relocated to your preferred location(s), or who know the location(s) well. Friends, colleagues, family, local residents and tourism guides may also reveal valuable business and lifestyle insights.
  • Ascertain the nature and scope of all local council charges, contributions toward infrastructure, maintenance and requirements prior to making a final site selection.
  • Establish that there are enough suitable employees within practical travelling distance of your preferred location or site.
  • Make an assessment of whether local housing costs are compatible with salary levels of prospective or relocated employees.
  • Determine the availability and cost of management, technical and scientific expertise required by your business in the area to which you are considering relocation.
  • Assess prospective locations regarding key transport needs for product distribution or personnel transport.
  • Identify accessibility to suppliers or materials and/or services for the location/site being considered.
  • Determine the adequacy and cost of telecommunications infrastructure to support business communications and information technology needs.
  • Seek advice on local community and council attitudes to your business activity. Where a development approval is required to be submitted, early discussions with the local council are highly recommended.
  • Assess the availability of business services to support your firm’s growth at the location being considered.
  • Contact the various, local authorities to determine requirements for permits and licences.
  • Consider a familiarization program for you and your family plus key employees and their families to the region to optimize the chances of these employees being retained by the business.
  • Project manage the relocation in the same professional manner as would be applied to managing a key account. Develop a relocation plan that assigns responsibilities to specific staff members for all aspects of the move, including
    • timing of the move (consider aspects such as tax time, downtime, school/public holidays, etc.)
    • quotes for specialist transport of equipment and moving services for personal belongings
    • decommissioning and recommissioning of plant facilities, if relevant
    • insurance
    • security
    • changing of contact details on literature, stationery, marketing collateral, etc.
    • staff orientation in the workplace and location of essential and emergency services in the region, such as doctors, utilities, police, schooling, etc.
  • Put in place contingency plans to allow for downtime at the new location.
Back to the top ^