Economic Development Roadmap

A Success Story in the Making

Economic Development (or Ec Dev for short) is an essential function of any municipality. Simply put, the role of Ec Dev is to enhance the well-being of communities by developing strategies and implementing programs that support local business. Ec Dev is not a new concept; it’s a mandate that all levels of government pursue with varying degrees of success. What is new, however, is the collaborative route Lac Ste. Anne County and the Town of Onoway have taken via its aptly-named Partners in Progress initiative.

Following years in the research and planning stages, some of the practical applications of this regional think tank have launched. Available on the Partners in Progress website, these new resources are tailor-made for the Lac Ste. Anne region, and are free for use by any local businesses looking to grow. Most exciting of all, these are just the first offerings in a suite of resources being developed by the Steering Committee. Regional businesses are encouraged to take advantage of these resources, and to return often to see what’s new as the Partners in Progress program gains momentum in the weeks and months to come.

Download the Economic Development Roadmap

Explore the document that guides the activities of the Onoway/Lac Ste. Anne Partnership.Click the link below to download a PDF version of "On Our Way to Endless Opportunity: An Economic Roadmap."

  • Economic Development Roadmap
  • Business Directory

    Find Businesses Fast Across Lac Ste. Anne County

    More than four hundred local businesses contribute significantly to the economy of the Lac Ste. Anne County region. Through its Shop the County business directory, Lac Ste, Anne County has made it easier than ever to find them, locate them on a map, and discover more about the goods and services they provide. Try it today at!


    Stake Your Claim on Shop the County

    For local, regional, provincial or worldwide customers, Shop the County provides a way to instantly locate regional businesses across a variety of categories! For local businesses registered with Lac Ste. Anne County or the Town of Onoway, this means the ability to create a directory listing, build a free website and access a growing library of business development resources all in one place. If you operate a business in the Lac Ste. Anne region and want to be included in the directory, visit and add your listing! Remember that a valid business licence with Lac Ste. Anne County or the Town of Onoway is required.

    Shop the County was developed by the Town of Onoway and Lac Ste. Anne County via its Partners in Progress economic development initiative. The Shop the County directory, wenbsite builder and business resources are accessible to local businesses that:

    • Operate within one of the designated Lac Ste. Anne business regions
    • Have a valid business licence from the Town of Onoway or Lac Ste. Anne County
    • Adhere to the Terms of Use located in the footer of

    to learn more about Shop the County and other regional business resources, visit


    Business Licenses

    County Passes New Business License Bylaw

    Effective January 2015, Lac Ste. Anne Council adopted a Business License Bylaw. The old system of issuing Business/Development permits created a difficult situation from a planning perspective. The business license was tied to the land rather than the business, potentially limiting the protection of County infrastructure and property rights of others.

    Additionally, the new business license bylaw allows the County to collect information on businesses to allow economic development efforts to be focused on the strengths of business already operating successfully in the region.

    Why the need for a Business License Bylaw?

    1. Businesses with an old business license/development permit will receive a complimentary 2015 business license.
    2. Licensed businesses will benefit from the economic development efforts of Lac Ste. Anne County.
    3. The business license fee is $50 annually and used exclusively to administer the program and fund economic development.
    4. Many business types are exempted from the business license bylaw including farming, market vendors, most non-profit organizations (e.g. Avon, Pantry Chef, Scentsy), and many others. The full list of exemptions is included in the bylaw

    Business License Application Forms and Information

    Business Services

    Working Hard for the County

    A wide range of businesses, both large and small, call Lac Ste. Anne County home. In addition to encompassing our business directory, this section showcases the County programs and Services designed to encourages regional businesses growth and development.

    If you're a business owner, or thinking about starting a business, contact us today to learn how we can help.

    Economic Development Advisory Committee

    Seeking Members for the EDAC

    Lac St. Anne is accepting applications from individuals in the agricultural industry and from a young entrepreneur interested in becoming a member of the Economic Development Advisory Committee. The Economic Development Advisory Committee acts as an advisory body to Council on matters relating to the long-term economic health of the communities. Its decisions will have an impact on developers, citizens, business and industry and will help to shape Lac Ste. Anne County and its business communities. Support economic vitality and development and make recommendations on: Business attraction and expanding the commercial, retail and overall economic base of the community, etc. Economic Development Advisory Committee members will be appointed for a two (2) year term and are compensated for their mileage as based on the County’s mileage rate as well as a per diem rate as set by the County Council.

    Member Qualifications

    • 18 years of age or older
    • A keen interest of business development, attraction and business retention
    • Ability to commit to monthly meetings held during the day
    • A willingness to sign and abide by the Code of Conduct
    • Previous experience on a committee or chamber of commerce would be an asset

    Applicants can send a resume including information on availability, references and contact information to Lac Ste. Anne County, attention Economic Development.

    Should you have any questions or require further information, please contact Cindy Suter at the County office 1-866-880-5722 or fax 780-785-2985 or via email


    About the County

    Lac Ste. Anne County is a governing body in central Alberta, Canada. Its administrative office is located at 56521, Range Road 65, Lac Ste. Anne County, near the Hamlet of Sangudo — about an hour's drive west of Edmonton. Founded in 1944, Lac Ste. Anne County's namesake comes from its largest and most historically significant body of water, Lac Ste. Anne. // MORE

    Contact Information

      Box 219, Sangudo AB T0E 2A0
     lsac (@)
     (780) 785-3411
     (780) 785-2359