Why Okotoks?

Why choose Okotoks?  Here are some reasons that make Okotoks the best choice for you business:

1. Location is Key

Business owners know that location is everything.  Okotoks is in close proximity to urban centres, transportation corridors, & the  US border.  Okotoks is located 18 kms (15 minutes) to the south of the Calgary city limits, only 5 minutes from Highway 2 and the Deerfoot Trail extension, and 20 minutes from the recently completed Stoney Trail.  This location provides commercial and industrial business and industry with superior access to clients and suppliers.  Locate where your customers have good access to you and where your suppliers can ship to you quickly! Okotoks is the largest trading centre or community between Lethbridge and Calgary.

Okotoks is located 8 kms from the Can-Mex Highway #2 (4 lane highway) via Highway 2A and about 7 minutes from Highway # 2 via Highway 7, your most direct route from Alberta to the United States to Mexico. Transportation & logistics have drawn several larger trucking firms to locate near our community in the Alydersyde Corridor and in nearby municipalities. For example, the Mullen Group has located their corporate headquarters in Okotoks.

Our charming community also has the advantage of being surrounded by magnificent mountain views, bountiful rolling hills and the splendid Sheep River Valley. 

2. Significant Tax Advantages

Okotoks has all the advantages of a large trading centre with competitive business costs and no Business Taxes!

The Town of Okotoks does not charge a business tax for the majority of businesses allowing your business to operate in an affordable environment while being located in a sustainable community. Non-residential tax differential rates are among the lowest of any Calgary-region community. Alberta's favourable tax environment allows Okotoks to be a competitive option for business or head office relocations, branch offices or new facilities.


3. Large Trade Area

250,000+ people regional trade area (including Town of Okotoks, Towns of High River, Vulcan, Black Diamond and Turner Valley and residents of the Municipal District of Foothills and some communities in south Calgary); 1,200,000 person trade area in Calgary strategically located 15 minutes North of Okotoks.

4. Available Land Supply

There is room to grow!  Check out what available real estate will work for you.

5. Our Population

Okotoks is one of the fastest-growing towns in Canada with a current population of over 27, 300. Between 2006-2011, Okotoks grew 42.9% Okotoks is a young community with 75% of residents under the age of 45.  Find out more about Okotoks' demographics.

Okotoks boasts a highly-skilled and youthful population.  Our community is well-positioned to attract and maintain its labour force and resident community.   Find out about Okotoks' target sectors and major employers.

6. High Quality of Life

Okotoks a thriving, centrally located economic hub of commercial activity.  This, along with our fantastic location, affords our residents an enviable quality of life.  In our latest household survey, 98% of residents rated the quality of life as high or very high.


Okotoks Municipal Centre & Council Chambers