Our Local Economy Strengths

  1. Business Profile
  2. Transportation Links
  3. Our Workforce
  4. Communication Links
  5. Cost of Living
  6. Small Business Growth
  7. Overview

Our community functions increasingly as an economic hub, attracting trade from Valemount in British Columbia to the western portion of Yellowhead County in Alberta, and from Cadomin north to Grande Cache. About 22,000 residents live within those bounds; 35,000 including Edson and area.

 We are home to approximately 650 businesses, including 590 within town boundaries, according to the Town of Hinton. Major employers are Teck Resources (coal), West Fraser Mills Ltd., Sherritt International (coal), Alberta Health Services, Grande Yellowhead Public School Division, Evergreen Regional Catholic School Division and the Town of Hinton. Anticipated future growth includes new coal mining operations that will significantly expand employment while raising environmental concerns.

 Although the community does not have a traditional downtown, commercial shopping nodes exist in the Valley and the Hill to serve our community and surrounding region.

 Our business community is supported by the Hinton and District Chamber of Commerce, which has more than 160 members.