Lloydminster is a vibrant, young and fast growing community. Truly unique, it is the only city located in two provinces– Alberta and Saskatchewan! Approximately 32,000 people call Lloydminster home and the 2011 Federal Census revealed Lloydminster as the 10th fastest growing community in Canada and one of the youngest with a median age of only 31.5 years. As a CFIB top ten ranked entrepreneurial community 8 years in a row, our business friendly environment includes no business tax, no development charges, low municipal taxes and special Saskatchewan PST exempt status. Lloydminster truly is a place full of opportunity.
Lloydminster has a healthy economy and strong ties to both the oil and gas and the agricultural sector. Lloydminster also holds the distinction of being the Heavy Oil Capital of the World. The history of oil and gas in this area goes back to the arrival of the Barr Colonists in the late 1800’s. Today, Lloydminster remains the home of Husky Energy’s Canadian operations with an asphalt refinery, ethanol plant and the Lloydminster Upgrader.
Agriculture also has a rich history in Lloydminster. Wheat, barley and canola account for over 30 percent of the total acreage sown in the Lloydminster area. Specialty crops such as alfalfa for seed, oats, lentils, field peas and canary seed are also grown. Home to one of Canada’s largest canola crushing facilities and Canada’s largest bio-diesel plant, both owned and operated by ADM, Lloydminster has long been a manufacturing and value added destination for the agriculture and the oil industries.
Located on the TransCanada Yellowhead Highway and Highway 17 Lloydminster is well connected coast to coast. The Lloydminster Airport is capable of landing a Boeing 737-200 and we are 1 of only 5 communities in Alberta to have both CN and CP Rail. Situated directly between Edmonton and Saskatchewan, Lloydminster has an estimated trade area of 130,000 to 150,000 people and is a regional service hub with a workforce of 70,000 within an hour’s commute.
An ever growing inventory of national retailers, local boutiques and dining options has helped create a vast retail network in Lloydminster and cemented our community as the Mid-West service centre. Voted as third best to live in Canada by Money Sense Magazine in 2015 Lloydminster offers a small town feel with big city amenities; stores and services are easily accessible often within only a 7 minute drive. With over 1400 hotel and motel rooms and a wide range of facilities and parks Lloydminster has also established itself as an event and meeting destination. Our resume includes the Heavy Oil Show, Scotia Bank Hockey Day in Canada, RBC Cup, National Softball Championships, Nitro Circus and many more!