Business Development


Resources and supports for businesses

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Our Business Development department is available to support Cochrane businesses. To contact our team to discuss challenges you may be facing, please email

The situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to evolve, with more cases in Alberta and Canada. The health and well-being of our community is a top priority.

If you’re concerned about your own health or symptoms, call HealthLink at 811.

Details about the Town’s response

Alberta Public Health Order

March 27, 2020, the Government of Alberta announced that mass gatherings are now limited to 15 people and restrictions have been placed on specific types of businesses.

Non-essential businesses have been ordered to close, including:

Non-essential retail services 

Albertans are prohibited from accessing retail, clothing and gaming stores, including book stores, hobby stores and antique stores. These businesses may choose to offer online shopping and curb-side pick-up.

Restaurants, cafes and bars

  • All dine-in services are prohibited. Take-out, delivery and drive-through service is still permitted.
  • Albertans are prohibited from attending bars and nightclubs, where law prohibits minors.
  • Restaurants in a food court may stay open for take-out only (no seating).
  • Licensed facilities are permitted to deliver liquor.

Close-contact personal services

Albertans are prohibited from accessing close contact personal services, including personal services facilities, cosmetic enhancement services, wellness studios and clinics, non-emergency and non-critical health services.

For a full list of applicable services, visit:

Essential services

The 15-person limit does not apply to certain services or facilities, including:

  • grocery stores
  • shopping centres (access is prohibited to retail stores listed above)
  • health care facilities

Workplaces that are not otherwise restricted or ordered to close can have more than 15 workers on a work site as long as they follow all public health guidelines, including physical distancing measures, hygiene enforcement, and processes that ensure that any person who is ill does not attend these spaces.

2020-2030 Business Development Strategic Plan

Town Council showed their commitment to local business development and innovation by approving the 2020-30 Business Development Strategic Plan at their meeting Monday February 24, 2020.

The plan outlines four main business development strategies:

  1. Proactively promote the innovation sector in the Town of Cochrane.
  2. Proactively strengthen relationships with existing businesses groups, companies and major developers in Cochrane.
  3. Proactively plan and implement initiatives to enhance Historic Downtown Cochrane.
  4. Provide consultation and support for other Town initiatives, projects and processes that enhance Cochrane’s economic ecosystem.

Read the whole plan.

2018-2023 Tourism Strategy

Cochrane Dollars

Cochrane Business Development is a proud partner of Cochrane Dollars. Find out more about the local figures and landscapes featured on the bills, security features, and how you can use Cochrane’s local currency at

Business Development

Business development supports community economic growth through business attraction, retention programs, expansion and entrepreneur support. We attract economic investment to support and expand the existing business community.

Economic Vision Statement for Cochrane

Create a vibrant, thriving and complete economy, where a wide variety of employment and business opportunities draw local, national and international talent, business and investors.

Contact Cochrane Business Development via email today to find out how we can get you started!

Business Development Microsite
We know businesses increasingly rely on online resources to make better decisions. Our Business Development microsite makes it easier for start-up, emerging and existing businesses to:

  • Research the local business climate and industry trends
  • Identify customers and competitors
  • Uncover local opportunities
  • Find available properties

The microsite also helps you ask the right questions, analyze the data and make better business decisions.

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