City of North Battleford - Saskatchewan

Economic Profile

For new and existing businesses seeking to understand the North Battleford market and make critical business decisions, relevant and current research information is needed. Economic profiling of our community allows for informed and enhanced public and private decision-making.

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Location & Infrastructure

North Battleford boasts capital City infrastructure with excellent educational, health, telecommunication, road, rail and sporting facilities in place.  In 2012 the InnovationPlex recreation and culture centre opened its doors. It includes four components: The Dekker Centre for the Performing Arts, Northland Power Curling Centre, NationsWEST Field House, and the Battlefords CO-OP Aquatic Centre.


Located on the TransCanada Highway 16, North Battleford is a one-hour drive from Saskatoon and four hours from Edmonton, Alberta. The Highway 4 corridor intersects to facilitate north/south travel and easy access to northern recreation and natural resource developments.

There are also:

  • Rail freight services that have a network to reach both the USA and Canadian populations;
  • Regular flights to major centres from the international airport in Saskatoon (1-hour drive).
  • Regional airport handling of all transport planes and charters.
  • Services at the airport include agriculture and forestry spray training, agriculture pilot training, aircraft maintenance, flight training, fire suppression services and aircraft fuelling.   


Every aspect of a modern, progressive and expanded health service exists in North Battleford. There is a first-class hospital facility within the City, two special care homes and the provincial Saskatchewan Psychiatric Hospital.


North Battleford has access to three post-secondary education providers which include North West Regional College, SIAST and SIIT.  The combined services offer comprehensive educational options in a diverse range of fields.  


North Battleford is located on a fibre optic corridor. Our provincial and local companies have the capability to design, build and manage a variety of complex networks. 


The North Saskatchewan River provides North Battleford with a plentiful and inexpensive water supply.  

Power and Gas

SaskPower and SaskEnergy supply electricity and natural gas to the City and area.  North Battleford is home to the Yellowhead Power Station, a $250 million peak load power plant, and the North Battleford Energy Centre, a $750 million natural gas baseload power plant, constructed by Northland Power.


The North Battleford Census Agglomeration (CA) includes the City of North Battleford, Town of Battleford, and Rural Municipality of North Battleford No. 437. Based on the 2016 Census: • Total population 18,625 • Median age 38.9 Approximately 21% of the population is under the age of 15, and roughly 40% is under the age of 30.


North Battleford’s population is projected to grow between 36% and 50% by 2020. Contributing to this projection are Saskatchewan ex-patriates who have lived outside the province for many years. They are now looking to North Battleford as their new home, due to affordability and proximity to recreation sites – along with dynamic indicators of sustainable economic vitality.

Affordability, quality of life, and opportunities to participate in a growing economy will continue to attract families, skilled workers and entrepreneurs, including immigrants seeking to locate in western Canada. North Battleford currently ranks third (after Saskatoon and Regina) in terms of immigration figures for provincial nominees, making it the most attractive of the smaller Saskatchewan cities in this category

Competitive Advantages

Location, cost of living and low labour costs in North Battleford provide key competitive advantages. 

 There are plenty of reasons to choose North Battleford including:

  • A recognized strategic location on the Yellowhead Highway, which effectively and quickly services Western Canada.
  • Established manufacturing, processing and transport sectors with national operators.
  • A skilled and productive workforce, with a "can do" attitude.
  • An established network and support organization for new immigrants.
  • Significant operational economies, including lower labour costs.
  • Competitive land prices available for established fully serviced industrial and commercial zones.
  • Excellent quality of life for employees and their families.
  • Abundant, clean water supply.
  • Excellent health and education facilities.
  • Access to modern regional and international airport facilities.

Economic Development Manager

Jan Swanson

Email or call 306-445-1742