The Canadian Federation of Independent Business has released a new poll suggesting only one Alberta city made the top 25 annual rankings of Canada’s best places to start and grow a business.
The CFIB says the 2016 Entrepreneurial Communities report found Calgary’s surrounding communities took 23rd spot, with Edmonton ranked 107th and Edmonton’s surrounding communities taking 47th.
Those surrounding communities include, Strathcona County, St. Albert, Parkland, Spruce Grove, Leduc, and several smaller municipalities.
“The fact that only one Alberta municipal area made top 25 in this latest report clearly shows just how difficult the operating environment for entrepreneurs has become thanks to one of the worst recessions our province has ever experienced,” explained Amber Ruddy, Alberta director for the CFIB in a release.
The study looks at 14 indicators in three areas: policy, presence and perspective, in 121 of the most populous municipalities across Canada.
Wood Buffalo/Fort McMurray was 50th, the city of Calgary was 112th, Red Deer was 98th and Camrose was 27th.
“It is important to point out the change in the rankings for Alberta’s cities compared to last year is not due to any major policy changes by municipal governments, but can largely be attributed to the dismal outlook of our province’s entrepreneurs,” explained Ruddy. “If we just focus on policy rankings, Alberta cities perform much better, with seven of the top ten from our province.”
Ruddy says Edmonton’s surrounding communities sit fourth, Fort McMurray third, but Calgary, both city and surrounding communities, remain out of the top ten. The city of Edmonton sits at 61st for policy rankings.
The top spot on the list went to Collingwood, Ontario, with four communities in that province making the top 10. (twd)
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