Economic Development

Olds is one of the most innovative and progressive communities in Canada. It combines the dynamic, entrepreneurial spirit for which Albertans are known with a genuine commitment to sustainable prosperity and quality of life. This translates into a great place to start or grow a business, raise a family or build a new life.

Olds Population

  • 2016 – 9,184 - Growth 567
  • 2014 = 8,617 - Growth 106
  • 2013 = 8,511 - Growth 276
  • 2011 = 8,235 - Growth 987
  • 2006 = 7,248 - Growth 545
  • 2005 = 6,703

Olds is a welcoming, friendly rural community with big city amenities.

Located less than an hour's drive from both Calgary and Red Deer, Olds is the ideal location for businesses that need easy access to major transportation routes like Highway 2 and Highways 27 and 22. But look no further than Olds for all your shopping, dining, health and educational needs, including an internationally-recognized college.

Olds is passionate about the role technology plays in driving social, environmental, cultural and economic health. It has a leading-edge community engagement site at the Library, as well as the Bell E-Learning Centre on the Olds College Campus. With the installation of a broadband fibre communications network throughout the community, Olds is wired for success!

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