Airdrie is home to more than 70,000 residents, 1,000 commercial/industrial businesses, 1,800 home-based businesses, a workforce of almost 48,000 people and more than 18,000 jobs.
With more than 100 years of history, Airdrie has consistently demonstrated its ability to attract and retain residents, talent and businesses. In fact, since 1999 we have attracted more than 53,000 people, tripling our population and averaging a seven per cent annual year-over-year growth.
Airdrie is part of the Calgary Region, located in southern Alberta and is along the Calgary-Edmonton Corridor (Queen Elizabeth II Highway) - the busiest highway in Alberta and one of the fastest growing and wealthiest regions in Canada.
Our data shows steady and growing population rates, declining vacancy rates, a growing business community and increasing employment opportunities. We have identified a pent-up demand for serviced medium and heavy industrial land, as well as demonstrated opportunity and capacity for redevelopment and speculative construction within designated Commercial and Mixed Use districts.
Airdrie is perfectly situated just a few minutes from the Trans-Canada Highway, 15 minutes to the Calgary International Airport and 30 minutes to downtown Calgary. The City’s central location provides Airdrie businesses with access to a local trade area of over 130,000 people, regional market of almost 1.5 million people and 24-hour delivery time to a market of 50 million people in Canada and the US Pacific Northwest.
Airdrie stands out as a vibrant, healthy community, celebrated for our small town feel, while still having access to everything you need in your daily life. We are a city of neighbours, entrepreneurs and visionaries. A warm welcome is just down the street and you'll feel safe to walk the pathways and find it’s quick to get around to access our abundant amenities.
Airdrie’s exceptional quality of life, location advantages and affordability make our city a destination for the young and talented – 65 per cent of our residents possess a post-secondary education and our average age is 33.
Airdrie is a family-oriented community, known for attracting residents from across Canada. Nearby mountain vistas, safe and friendly neighbourhoods, and quick access to Calgary’s world-class amenities, keep residents here.
QUALITY OF LIFE
Airdrie offers a competitive tax environment combined with relatively low development charges. Businesses in Airdrie benefit from savings realized by no provincial sales tax, no capital or payroll taxes and no machinery and equipment taxes. As well, our local tax rates for industrial and commercial properties are more competitive than other similar-sized communities.
Airdrie is one of the more affordable jurisdictions in the Calgary Region, in terms of lease rates, operating costs and price per acre. We are a smart location choice for long term investment as we continue to experience year-over-year higher than average population growth. National property companies and investment firms like: Choice REIT, Melcor, Vesta, Beedie and Hopewell to name a few, have all realized this opportunity for short-term profits and long-term holdings in Airdrie.
Development Charges and Fees
The City of Airdrie’s economic strategy sets a vision and outlines high-level priorities and actions to guide economic growth and sustainability over the next ten years.