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Welcome to Lethbridge

This is Lethbridge


Lethbridge’s increasingly diversified economic base benefits from the healthy mix of businesses that are anchored to our community. With no business, payroll or machinery tax, available serviced industrial land ready for construction and office space at less than $16 per square foot, Lethbridge offers a low-cost operating environment with demonstrated savings in areas such as taxation, land, construction and transportation.

A recent Conference Board of Canada Mid-Sized Cities report noted the healthy growth among information and cultural industries in our city, which can be linked to the strong presence of two post-secondary institutions as well as the emergence of Lethbridge as a significant high-tech presence in Alberta.

A mid-sized city of over 100,000 people, Lethbridge is located in the southern part of Alberta, Canada. With an average of 320 days of sunshine each year and one of the warmest winters in the western provinces, there is plenty of opportunity to enjoy all that this city and region has to offer. The geographic location also ensures close proximity to world class ski resorts in the Canadian Rockies, majestic national parks, the vibrant city of Calgary and the U.S. border.

Check out a few quick facts about living in Lethbridge:

  • A family earning $80,000 annually has $16,875 in disposable income (compared to -$60 in Calgary)
  • Lethbridge has more than 70 parks, 200 km of walking and running trails, playgrounds and sports fields
  • Average home prices in Lethbridge are among the lowest of all major cities in Alberta

This website is designed to help you discover everything you need to make Lethbridge your top choice to live, learn, invest, visit and do business.

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Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) is an independent not-for-profit organization governed by a 31 member Board of Directors. The mandate of the organization is to strengthen and develop the Lethbridge economy by initiating and facilitating proactive economic development strategies and promoting our great city as an excellent place to live, learn, invest, visit and do business.

Tecconnect is a facility in Lethbridge, owned and operated by Economic Development Lethbridge, that is designed to attract, incubate and develop technology companies through commercialization of products and services. Entrepreneurial training and business advising are also provided through this venue with enhanced video conferencing capacity.

The Women Entrepreneurs-in-STEM Program is a three-year program funded through Western Economic Diversification - Women Entrepreneurship Strategy program to create a STEM centric community in southern Alberta by offering training, networking, mentorship and access to current and emerging technologies. It focuses on advancing gender equality in the STEM sector by supporting underrepresented women in rural and remote regions. The Project is 100% funded by Western Economic Diversification through the Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Program.

We are seeking Service Providers for Business Advisors/Consultants and/or Curriculum Developers/Facilitators. To find out more please about this opportunity please click the link below:

RFP - Consultants for Women Entrepreneurs-in-STEM
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Did You Know?

The urban park system in Lethbridge covers 4300 acres.

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In light of the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic, EDL along with community partners has developed this page as a retainer for information and resources during a time of uncertainty within the local and regional business community. 

Through partnership we will offer the most up to date information so you can stay informed on local, provincial and national government decisions and other key information that will help you mitigate world circumstances in an attempt to help you make decisions regarding your business.

We will publish Economic Recovery Tools and systems from organizations within the community to help you navigate delicate situations with employees, vendors, partners and investors to keep them informed of the best decisions for themselves, their families and their own business health.

This pandemic will pass, and this resource will help provide you information and tools for when that day comes. As an organization and with our partners we are here to help you through these uncertain times. Today, and for the forseable future we'll get past this Brighter Together.

 

POST Promise

The Barriers to Business working group of the Lethbridge Region Economic Recovery Task Force is encouraging local businesses to make the POST (People Outside Safely Together) Promise.  This initiative is national in scope and was initiated to help merchants reopen safely while building consumer and employee confidence.  By making this simple commitment, participants agree to abide by the following public health recommendations:

  • Maintaining the recommended physical distance
  • Washing and sanitizing hands
  • Cleaning and disinfecting regularly
  • Staying home if unwell and self-monitoring for symptoms
  • Practicing respiratory etiquette (including wearing a mask when physical distancing is difficult)

Actively committing to these best-practices can help foster a safe environment while continuing to build consumer confidence in our community.  Those who make the POST Promise are eligible to download a PDF that can be displayed in their store front; stickers, posters and tent-cards can also be purchased through the POST promise organization for a nominal fee.

Additional information about the program can be found at https://postpromise.com/

 

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Welcome to Tecconnect's webpage, we are Southern Alberta's HUB for Innovation & Technology!

If this is your first time visiting and you are looking for advice, support, or guidance for your business or business idea - you're in luck... 

Our Entrepreneur Program is completely FREE and can get you access to expert advice through our business advisory services.  We always recommend the use of innovation and technology to compete in today's business landscape and find efficiencies. 

Whether you've been operating for years and are looking to make a change, or you're considering how to get an idea off the ground, the Tecconnect referral network and education offerings will also strengthen your approach to doing business a better way!

 

Start here by requesting an appointment for an intake application via our Entrepreneur Program Manager:

Email - education@chooselethbridge.ca and we'll be in touch shortly!

 




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Life in Lethbridge strikes a balance between the feel of a close-knit small community and the services and amenities of a growing urban centre.

Living in Lethbridge, you’ll find a diverse population, two modern post-secondary institutions, a thriving arts and culture scene, top-notch recreational facilities all set against a stunning natural environment within a community where collaboration is king.

Lethbridge is two hours south of Calgary, Canada’s third largest city and a major transportation hub for the region, and one hour from the U.S. border. Lethbridge’s location in the heart of southern Alberta also puts it in close proximity to premier attractions like Waterton Lakes National Park, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Site and Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park. The Oldman River runs through the middle of the city, creating scenic coulees, verdant valley parkland and boundless recreational opportunities.

The following highlight boxes and data tables will propvide you with additional info about our bright city!

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One of Lethbridge’s greatest assets is its diverse and dynamic population. Our population continues to grow at a steady rate and as of 2018 sits at 99,769. More than a quarter of the adult population is under the age of 34, Lethbridge brims with a youthful energy.

Over the past five years, our population has grown by an average of almost two per cent per year. That’s nearly 150 new arrivals each month!

Lethbridge also continues to demonstrate a stable, balanced labour market.

Lethbridge employers have access to a young, well-educated pool of potential employees from the more than 3,200 students who graduate from our city’s two post-secondary institutions. For students, that also means a chance to stay in Lethbridge to pursue a diverse range of employment opportunities.

CA data for the city indicate that Lethbridge had the lowest unemployment rate in the province in 2016 at 5.9% (up from 4.0% in 2015).

Still Have Questions?

We would be happy to answer any questions you have about Lethbridge. Simply fill out this contact form below and we’ll do our best to reply within 48 hours.