With a ready workforce and increasing options for shopping, Medicine Hat is attracting businesses and customers to invest in Canada’s sunniest city. Invest Medicine Hat caught up with Box Springs Business Park partner John Hashem to find out why service providers and retailers are choosing Medicine Hat and what new amenities are coming to the shopping destination.
- More new amenities coming to Box Springs Business Park
- Medicine Hat’s workforce and location attract new businesses
A movie theatre, medical centre, bank, coffee chain, truck stop and hotels are just a few of the new amenities that are coming to Medicine Hat to join the Canalta Centre, Costco, Hilton Hotel, and the Keg in Box Springs Business Park.
“The Medicine Hat advantage is the workforce and the location,” said Hashem, who continues to receive numerous inquiries about the Box Springs. “Locally, we have the talent to build the new services and fill new positions once they are open.”
In fact, the sales and services sector is the largest portion of Medicine Hat’s workforce with trades following in a close second.
Medicine Hat’s low cost of living and work opportunities attracts talented trades professionals. The local unemployment rate mirrored the national trend in February when it fell to 6.9%, beating the provincial rate of 8.3%.
The city’s location at the intersection of two of Canada’s major shipping and transportation routes, the Trans Canada and the Crowsnest Highways, make it a convenient centre for the 100,000 people in the service area. On weekends, Medicine Hat’s parking lots see a surge of green license plates as shoppers from the neighbouring province, Saskatchewan, drive to Medicine Hat for shopping and entertainment.
“Companies have decided to come to Medicine Hat because the city attracts cross-border shoppers,” said Hashem.
A perk for Saskatchewan customers is Alberta’s absence of Provincial Sales Tax, whereas in their home province an additional 6 per cent would be added to their bill.
Attracted by the skilled workforce and access to a large service area means more businesses are setting up in Medicine Hat.