Northeast Alberta Regional Demographics

There is a significant, growing population in the Alberta HUB region with estimated overall growth of 15% up to 2016. Excellent employment opportunities and a great quality of life are key contributors to our growing work force.

Local Agrifood Industry Data

In 2016, the Northeast Food Marketers Association undertook a survey of all Agrifood roducers, processors and distributors in the region. The results spoke to the ongoing opportunities for new investment.

Please note: the survey did not include traditional beef and grain operations as these are mature markets in the region.

Regional Highlights

Vermillion River County
  • The largest county in the HUB region on a farm receipts basis, with $278 million in 2010.
  • Ranked first for total crop acreage & had the largest canola, wheat and barley acreages.
  • Ranked first for the value of livestock & poultry as a result of it having the largest numbers of cattle & calves and pigs.
Minburn County
  • The second largest county in the HUB region on a farm receipts basis, with $212 million in 2010.
  • Ranked third for the value of livestock & poultry also had the second largest number of cattle & calves and pigs and was the region’s largest egg producer.
Lamont County
  • The third largest county on a farm receipts basis, with $117 million in 2010.
  • Ranked second for barley acreages in the HUB region.
St. Paul County
  • The fourth largest county on a farm receipts basis, with $108 million in 2010.
  • Ranked second for the value of livestock & poultry.
  • Ranked forth for total crop acreage and hand the second largest alfalfa & oats acreages.
Two Hills County
  • The fifth largest county on a farm receipts basis, with $99 million in 2010
  • Ranked sixth for the value of livestock & poultry.
  • Ranked third for total crop acreage & third for canola, wheat and barley acreages.
Smoky Lake County
  • The sixth largest county on a farm receipts basis, with $73 million in 2010.
  • Ranked first for greenhouse area.
Municipal District of Bonnyville
  • The seventh largest county on a farm receipts basis, with $69 million in 2010.
  • Ranked first for alfalfa acreages.
Thorhild County
  • The eighth largest county on a farm receipts basis, with $58 million in 2010.
Lac La Biche County
  • The ninth largest county on a farm receipts basis, with $20 million.
  • Lac La Biche has a very diversified agri-foods industry and known for its entrepreneurial development within this sector