Cochrane Community Profile

In Cochrane, ranchers share the sidewalks with urban professionals and families pushing strollers. Where “western” is a way of life handed down from generation to generation, not an “off the shelf” lifestyle has inspired business to thrive.
 


Primary Industries


 Local Employment Base
Future Growth Sectors
Construction Knowledge/Technology
Forestry Professional Services
Education Manufacturing
Professional Services
Health and Wellness
Retail Hospitality
Home Based Business
 

 Major Employers
 Rocky View School Division
 Spray Lake Sawmills
 Town of Cochrane
 PNR Railworks
 All Span Truss Systems
 Walmart
 ClearStream Energy
 Safeway/Sobey's

Trade Area


Immediate area (general retail) - 30,000. Trading area within 50 square kms (atmospheric retail, professional services, tourism visitation) exceeds 1 million consumers.

Tax Rates (2013)


The taxation year runs from January to December.
  Municipal Fire
Municipal (excluding fire) Total Municipal Rockyview Foundation Education Total Mill Rate
Residential .00124 .00366 .00490 .00004 .00259 .00753
Annexed Farmland .00136 .00407 .00503 .00004 .00259 .00806
Annexed Residential .00060 .00181 .00241 .00004 .00259 .00504
Nonresidential .00183 .00528 .00711 .00004 .00382 .01097
Annexed Non residential .00189 .00535 .00724 .00004 .00382 .01110


Historic Tax Rate



2013 2012 2011 2010 2009
Residential .00753 .00710 .00692 .00653 .00571
Nonresidential .01097 .01073 .00993 .00966 .00937
Annexation - Residential .00504 .00486 .00472 .00460 .00388
Annexation - Nonresidential .01110 .01087 .01051 .01032 .01004
Community Revitalization Levy .01097




CREB Housing Statistic


2013 Year End - Cochrane
Inventory #Sales New Avg List $ Avg Sale$ Median$ Avg DOM
153 554 919 $431,840 $421,121 $405,000 64

Utilities


Commodity Regulated Provider Phone Number Web Address
Electricity Epcor 403-310-4300 www.epcor.ca
FortisAlberta 403-310-9473 www.fortisalberta.com
 Electricity and Natural Gas
 Just Energy
1-855- 387-6071

Residential: http://www.justenergy.com

Commercial: http://www.justenergy.com/commercial/

Natural Gas Atco Gas 403-310-5678 www.atcogas.com
Direct Energy Regulated Services 1-866-420-3174 www.directenergyregulatedservices.com

Residential Utility Rates


Utility  Rate 
Water consumption  0-25 cubic meters = $1.13 per cubic meter
26-60 cubic meters = $1.51 per cubic meter
over 60 cubic meters = $2.25 per cubic meter
(More information on water conservation initiatives including the three-tier water rate.)
Sewer rate  Effective January 1st 2014:
$2.26 per cubic meter of water usage (average usage October - March)
Storm sewer Effective January 1st 2014:
$3.92 per month, flat rate
Waste and recycling collection Effective January 1st 2014:
$18.70 per month, flat rate
Eco Centre fee  $4.75 per month

Nonresidential Utility Rates


Utility  Rate 
Water consumption  $1.20 per cubic meter 
Sewer rate  Effective January 1st 2014:
$2.26 per cubic meter of water usage
Storm sewer rate  Effective January 1st 2014:
$3.92 per month, flat rate
Bulk water rate
Non domestic surcharge
$4.00 per cubic meter
$2.00 per cubic meter
Bulk wastewater rate  $11.38 per cubic meter 
Commercial/industrial: businesses must look after their own contracts for garbage pickup, but do pay Eco Centre Fee: $5.57/month.

Business Licences


There is no separate business tax to operating a business in Cochrane. The Town only requires businesses to purchase a business licence. Business licence fees are Goods and Services Tax (GST) exempt.
Licence Class Annual Term Six Month Term Three Month Term
Resident - Home Based - Non GST $80 $96 $48
Resident - Home Based - GST $160 $96 $48
Resident - Retail $160 $96 $48
Resident - Commercial $160 $96 $48
Resident - Industrial $160 $96 $48
Non Resident - Home Based - Non GST $160 $192 $96
Non Resident - Home based - GST $320 $192 $96
Non Resident - Retail $320 $192 $96
Non Resident - Commercial $320 $192 $96

Communications


Newspapers


Cochrane Eagle (weekly) | cochraneeagle.com
Cochrane Times (weekly) | cochranetimes.com


Telephone / TV / High Speed Internet


Shaw | 403 716 6000 | shaw.ca
TELUS | 403 310 2255 (residential), 403 310 3100 (business) | telus.com


Emergency Services


Cochrane is a 911 community | Police, fire, ambulance, hazardous materials
Cochrane Emergency Services provides fire and emergency response services. Ambulance services are provided by Alberta Health Services.
RCMP | 403 398 2211, Dispatch; 403 932 2213, Administration

Medical


Cochrane Community Health Centre | Urgent Care | 403 851 6000
5 hospitals in City of Calgary (closest: Foothills, 35 minutes)
Full range of medical service clinics

Lodging


5 hotels/motels, 8 B&Bs, 3 campgrounds | cochrane-tourism.ca


Recreational Amenities


  • Big Hill Leisure Pool
  • Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre (3 indoor ice arenas, turf field, gym, track,
  • meeting rooms)
  • Cochrane Ranche Historic Site
  • Glenbow Ranch Park (13,000 hectare Provincial Park on Bow River)
  • Zero Gravity Skate Park
  • Nan Boothby Memorial Library
  • Seniors on the Bow 50 and Over Club
  • 24 parks (many with playgrounds), summer fishing in trout ponds and the Bow River, outdoor skating in winter, and over 30km of pathways
  • 11 soccer pitches, 8 ball diamonds, 2 tennis courts
  • 2 golf courses (Links of GlenEagles, Cochrane Golf Club)
  • Mitford Park and Ponds
  • Cochrane Lions Rodeo Grounds
  • Stockmen’s Memorial Foundation Library & Archives

Average Temperatures


January:  -11.8 C (10.8 F)
April: 3.3 C (37.9 F)
July: 16.4 C (61.5 F)
October: 5.5 C (41.9 F)

Climate


Precipitation: 50 cm (19.5 inches) annually
Rain: 28 cm (11.1 inches) annually
Hours of Sunshine: 2,341 hours annually
Frost Free Days: 112 days annually

Distances


Calgary City Limits: 17 km - 13 minutes
Calgary Downtown: 35 km - 28 Minutes
Calgary International Airport: 37.8 km - 32 Minutes
Kananaskis Country: 56 km - 43 Minutes
Banff: 110 km - 69 minutes
Lake Louise: 155 km - 1 Hour 46 Minutes
Edmonton: 300 km  - 3 Hours
(Car Travel times)