Agri-processing – Investment attraction services


The Investment Services Branch offers a concierge service approach to investors. Our concierge service helps investors navigate various regulations and procedures to make business set-up and investment happen smoothly and quickly. The concierge services cover three main categories: Business Facilitation Support, Funding Programs, and Business Incorporation.

Business facilitation support

  • Business facilitation support

    The Export and Investment Branch of Agriculture, Forestry and Rural Economic Development introduce potential investors to partners here in Alberta. We have a core responsibility to help organize tailored business meetings between potential investors and partners. Over the years, clients have enjoyed our team's significant expertise in strategically connecting businesses with one another.

  • Regulatory pathfinding

    Jurisdictional red tape is a significant concern for most investors. The government of Alberta has identified this challenge and has come up with Alberta’s Red Tape Reduction Act. One of the specialties of the investment attraction team is helping investors navigate the red tape and liaise with various government agencies to get the necessary approvals to get their operations started quickly and in record time.

    The investment attraction team helps potential investors with environmental regulations, immigration requirements, sector-specific advisory services, and workforce recruitment.  

  • Site selection assistance

    The Investment Attraction team helps clients find the right site for business setup and expansion. The team connects potential investors with real estate agents, consultants, and other professionals that will meet the potential client’s needs in finding the right site location. Investors may wish to fill out a site selection form. This form provides the investment attraction team with relevant information in the site selection process. 

    Investors concerned about the industrial supply chain, infrastructure, transportation, and logistics can contact the Investment Attraction team for further information and troubleshooting. 

  • Introduction to service providers

    Investors often have challenges locating service providers in a new environment. We connect investors to various service providers and other investment stakeholders, especially in the site selection process. We dedicate our time to ensuring investors have a smooth business set-up by accessing needed services. The team also works with various municipalities across Alberta to help coordinate access to the services your business needs.

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Grants, loans, and incentives

The Government of Alberta offers a wide range of grant support and connections with venture companies and financial institutions. Some of the funding programs available are:

  • Government of Alberta

  • Federal programs

    • Protein Industries Canada will work with industry partners to create co-investment projects that have the potential to transform the agriculture and food production sector, allowing Canada to secure its position as a global leader in the production of plant-based products and co-products.
    • Business Scale-up and Productivity Program supports businesses at various stages of development, including high-growth firms, wanting to accelerate their growth, scale up, and be more productive and competitive in domestic and global markets. It offers interest-free funding to western Canadian companies.
    • AgriInnovate Program provides repayable contributions for projects that aim to accelerate the commercialization, adoption, and/or demonstration of innovative products, technologies, processes, or services that increase agri-sector competitiveness and sustainability.
    • Strategic Innovation Fund makes sure Canada is a top destination for businesses to invest, grow and create jobs and prosperity for Canadians. The program’s objective is to spur innovation for a better Canada by providing funding for large projects and national innovation ecosystems.
    • Scientific Research & Experimental Development Tax Incentive Program encourages businesses of all sizes to conduct research and development in Canada.
    • Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is Canada’s largest agricultural lender. It provides customized financial and business solutions to agri-businesses in Canada.

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Business Incorporation

At the Investment Services Branch, we help potential investors with the relevant information they need for business incorporation procedures and business licenses. Companies across various sectors need different licenses to operate in Alberta; this is where we come in.

For information on how to incorporate your company in Canada or Alberta, visit:

The New Western Partnership Trade Agreement (NWPTA) makes it easier for corporations, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, and cooperatives to operate across provincial borders in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan. Registration and reporting requirements have been simplified or eliminated.

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