Southern Alberta Key Industries

Alberta SouthWest has a dynamic and diverse economy rooted in 100 years of history, and optimistic about the future. The economy is driven by three pillars: Agriculture, Alternative Energy, and Tourism. Opportunities exist to diversify within these sectors via value added agricultural, wind, solar and bio-energy, and tourism infrastructure development.

Profiles of 18 Alberta industries are available on the Government of Alberta website, featuring the latest statistics and information on employers, employment, wages, demographic descriptions of the workforce, and industry trends.

Top Public Sector Employers
Community Employer
All urban communities Alberta Health Services
Cardston Area Westwind School Division
Crowsnest Pass to Claresholm Livingstone Range School Division
Town of Cardston Town of Cardston
Town of Fort Macleod Town of Fort Macleod
Town of Claresholm Town of Claresholm
Municipality of Crowsnest Pass Municipality of Crowsnest Pass
Town of Pincher Creek Town of Pincher Creek
Crowsnest Pass Alberta Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Cardston Temple City Housing
Claresholm Willow Creek Continuing Care Centre
Waterton Parks Canada

Top Private Sector Employers
Community Employer # of Employees
Pincher Creek Walmart 150
Claresholm iLevel, a Weyerhaeuser company 100
Pincher Creek Shell Waterton Complex 100
Waterton Waymarker Hospitality 90
Waterton Prince of Wales Hotel 88
Waterton Bayshore Inn 85
Pincher Creek Co-op 79
Fort Macleod Hansen’s Family Foods 55
Fort Macleod Extra Foods 50
M.D. of Willow Creek TransAlta 50
Fort Macleod Structural Truss Systems 42
Crowsnest Devon Energy 28
Stavely KC Doors 28
Stavely VJV Foothills Livestock Auction 25
Claresholm Del Comal (taco chips) 15