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5021 – 49 Ave Vermilion, AB

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Vermilion: Big city advantages with a small town feel

Vermilion is an exceptional town, with a population of 4545 people. From an outsider’s initial glance, it may appear to be just a small rural community, but if you look closer, you will realize that Vermilion, AB in fact boasts big-city advantages, while still maintaining that small town feel.

Given Vermilion geographical location, businesses who locate here can utilize this strategic location to better their company growth and profitability.

Vermilion Business Advantages

A strong advantage to business growth is the non-residential development incentive program available to commercial and industrial businesses; its purpose is to encourage new development and expansion of non-residential facilities within the Town of Vermilion. This program offers a tax cancellation on the municipal portion of property taxes.

The vermilion economy is largely a service industry to agriculture, with the area of oil and gas servicing growing in its presence. Industries and businesses in Vermilion thrive as a result of:

  • competitive selection,
  • competitive pricing, and
  • commitment to service excellence.

Vermilion boasts an experienced labour force, large trading population, low employment rate and a range in business and occupations.

Vermilion Community and Regional Profile / Labour Force

Community: Town of Vermilion

Labour Force Status( 15 years and over) TOTAL 3110
Employed 2245
Unemployed 65
Not in the labour force 800
Participation Rate 74.1 %
Employment Rate 72.2%
Unemployment Rate 2.8%


Class of Worker TOTAL 2305
Employee 2015
Self-employed 290


Total Population of the Town of Vermilion: 4545 People

Key Sectors:

  1. Agriculture:

The foundation on which the Vermilion Region was built. Since the area was first settled in the early 1900’s, agriculture has played a vital role in the development of the region. Agriculture is the region’s second largest industry, pumping over 1 billion dollars into the economy. The Town of Vermilion is home to Lakeland College with one of the largest student managed farms in Canada located at the Vermilion Campus.

  1. Energy:

The Town of Vermilion is situated in the hub of the Oil and Gas Sector for the Northeast Region. On the crossroads of Yellowhead Highway #16 and Buffalo Trial Highway #41, Vermilion is home to a wide variety of Oil Field Service Companies.

Currently the Town of Vermilion is booming with activity as Inter Pipeline and Enbridge both undertake pipeline expansions and Altex Energy moves forward with an Oil Rail Loading Facility within the County of Vermilion River.

  1. Retail & Service:

As the Retail industry continues to expand within the region, the Vermilion Retail and Service Sector shows continual growth with the addition of several new businesses to our community. The Lakeland Mall and Downtown Vermilion play host to a variety of retail stores, personal and health services, professionals, dining, entertainment and government facilities.

In 2013, the Town of Vermilion began pre-selling commercial lots just north of the main intersection of Highway 16 and Highway 41.   Adjacent to the east side highway #41 – Junction Sixteen 41 will have Vermilion see substantial growth within the Retail and Service Sector.


Regional: Alberta HUB Region

Labour Force  
Employment Rate 71.4%
Participation Rate 73.7%
Aged 15 and up 99,000 people
Total labour force of 73,000 people
Total Population 127,800 people




                There are over 300 oil and gas producing companies active within the Alberta HUB Region. New technologies have been developed in the Alberta HUB Region:

  • Drilling of long, horizontal wells at shallow depths
  • Down hole electric drive PC pumps
  • Computer optimized production well management
  • High temperature pressure sensors
  • Oil, Water, Sand separator
  • Progressing Cavity Pumps (PCP) ( Now shipped around the world)



Accounts for:

  • 15% of Alberta’s total production of oats
  • 12% of the Canola
  • 10% of the Alberta’s cattle
  • 12% of the province’s bison.


  • Lakeland College
  • Portage College
  • Blue Quills First Nations College
  • Total experienced labour force: 2,010
  • Trading population: 11,000 +
  • Unemployment rate: 3.7%

Come see for yourself how your business can capitalize on the opportunities of a small town with big-city advantages.


The History of the Vermilion & District Chamber of Commerce

The Vermilion and District Chamber of Commerce had its beginning in 1906. Founded originally as Vermilion Board of Trade, it had as its president H.W. Brown who served in this capacity for four terms, 1906 to 1909. Mr. Brown was then in partnership with Walter Gibson in the North-West Trading Company Store.

A quote from the Vermilion Standard July 21, 1955 issue in its salute to their Golden Jubilee observance states: “The Vermilion Board of Trade in unique in its record of service. Since 1906, never has the promotional work which it was founded, been allowed to lapse. Throughout the first years’ history of Vermilion, the Board of Trade has always been the leader in projects contributing to the progress of the town and district, and to the welfare of the people.”

A few interesting facts include the youngest president, Gerald Stephens; and keeping up-to-date with our times, Maxine Sweeney was the first lady-president.

The name “Board of Trade” was changed to “Chamber of Commerce” in 1931, then back to “Board of Trade” in 1933. In later years it was again changed to ” Chamber of Commerce” and has remained with that title to the present time.

The following has been said, “The Vermilion Board of Trade, a community organization dedicated to the progress of the town and district, was established in 1906, and is thus in a position to recoganize the valuable contribution of the pioneers of Vermilion. They built better than they knew, for their hard work, foresight and initiative, followed by the progress of their successors, have placed Vermilion among the foremost towns in Alberta.”

Following is a list of past president:

1906-1909 H.W. Brown 1910 D.L. Freeman
1911 W.J. Seed 1912-1913 J. Dawson Stephens
1914-1915 J.A.M. Craig (John) 1916-1919 Sir James Outram
1920-1921 W.B. Nellis 1922-1923 A.E. Kaiser
1924 S.R.P. Cooper 1925-1926 W.H. Harper
1927 C.B. Johnston 1928-1930 W.H. Harper
1931-1933 Dr. H.W. Scott 1934-1936 Chas Robinson
1937-1938 W.P. Pilkie (Bill) 1939-1940 A.M. West (Albert)
1941-1942 Gerald Stephens 1943-1944 Ashley Cooper
1945 J.D. Adams (Jim) 1946 E.M. Stewart (Elmore)
1947 George S. Maxwell 1948 Melvin Hill
1949 A.M. Watts (Sandy) 1950 Tom Watts
1951 D.R. Mitchell (Reg) 1952 G.W. Sutherland
1953 R.G. Chalmers (Keith) 1954 K.G. Urquhart (Ken)
1955 Dr. A. Ben King 1956 J.R. Boaks (Ross)
1957-1958 E.A. Locke (Al) 1959 J.V. Kneale (Jack)
1960 Angus MacMillan 1961 Ernie Clendenning
1962 AldousKent 1963 John Webb
1964-1966 Claude Underdown 1967 Dr. A.R. Anderson
1968 John Stewart 1969 Grover Halterman
1970 William Milne 1971 Roger Rowe
1972 W. Tennant (Bill) 1973 Lloyd Seath
1974 Ben Buchmann 1975 Bob Richardson
1976 W.T. Garnet 1977 Chuck Payne
1978 Ted Etherington 1979 Monty Audenart
1980-1981 Stan Stewart 1982 Byron Moore
1984 Wayne Meikle 1985 Maxine Sweeney
1986 Ed Lee 1987 Kevin MacDuff
1988 Gary Horan 1989-1990 Jim Williams
1991-1992 Beryl Tovell 1993-1994 Dave Webb
1995-1996 Don Charron 1997-1998 Craig Brown
1999 Dawn Flaata 2000-2001 Shirley Schwartz
2002-2003 Angela Mergl 2004-2005 Greg Throndson
2006 Dan Macpherson 2007-2008 Jason Long
2009-2012 Marlene Beattie 2013 Scott Kovatch
2014 Amin Tran  2015

 2015 Executive List


Robert Ernst


Brett Flanders


Lynn Filgate


Meagan Balaneski


Brenda Bintz

Marlene Beattie

Patricia Hanson

Robert Pulyk


Scott Kovatch 


Michelle Feist